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Research Centre Toronto

About the Research Centre

The Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto seeks to develop new ideas and policy tools to respond to the challenge of environmental governance at multiple scales. The Munk School is an interdisciplinary academic centre with various research and educational programs committed to the field of globalization and the Lab is a hub for research on environmental governance at University of Toronto. Research in the Lab focuses on political transformation needed for effective environmental responses. Conceptualizing pathways to decarbonization is a main concentration in addition to projects in the areas of experimentation, legitimacy, accountability, and coherence in global sustainability governance.  The Research Centre Toronto is led by Environmental Governance Lab co-directors Prof. Steven Bernstein, Prof. Matthew Hoffmann, and Prof. Teresa Kramarz.


Recent publications

Assessing the effectiveness of orchestrated climate action from five years of summits
Five years of climate action and summitry have taught us valuable lessons. Orchestrators of climate action can positively influence performance by setting minimum requirements for credibility and robustness among the initiatives they engage.
Transforming Biodiversity Governance
Edited by Ingrid J. Visseren-Hamakers, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Marcel T. J. Kok, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
2021 Annual Report
The Earth System Governance Project seeks to mobilise and advance scholarship at the interface between global environmental change and governance. Discover how by learning more about the project in this summary of 2021!
Special Issue: Towards a Sectoral Perspective on Global Climate Governance. Volume 8, June 2021

Tim Rayner, Sebastian Oberthür and Lukas Hermwille coordinated this special issue. The authors derived six major findings from the contributions…