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Research Centre Yale

About the Research Centre

The Governance, Environment and Markets (GEM) Initiative is based at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with Professor Ben Cashore as its faculty director. It aims to reorient environmental governance research and practice from short term and single intervention approaches towards durable “results based” problem solving that embraces, rather than bypasses, multi-level complexity. To accomplish this, GEM focuses on identifying strategic insights and policy learning capable of building effective environmental governance solutions. GEM contains two related efforts: fostering Yale based programs and projects and developing a global network of practitioners and scholars focused on creating environmental governance solutions in a multi-level world.

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…