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Robert Falkner

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I am an Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


At the LSE, I am Academic Director of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, an alliance between LSE, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC School of Management. I am also an associate of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and senior research fellow of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit. Previously, I served as programme director of the MSc in International Political Economy and convenor of the Summer School.


Externally, I am an associate fellow of the Energy, Environment and Development Programme at Chatham House, London. I was an associate editor of the European Journal of International Relations (EJIR) in 2004-08 and now serve on the journal's editorial committee. I am also a member of the editorial boards of the journals Global Environmental Politics, Global Policy, and Energy Research & Social Science.


My main teaching and research interests are in the fields of international political economy and global environmental politics, with a special focus on climate policy, risk regulation for emerging technologies and the role of business in global governance. My current research projects are described here, and my recent publications, some of which can be downloaded on an 'open access' basis, are listed here. My most recent books include Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), which was re-issued in paperback in 2009, and The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).


My research has been supported by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Commission, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Global Public Policy Network, Open Society Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. In 2008-09, I led an EU-funded research consortium that investigated emerging nanotechnology regulation in the EU and US, resulting in the publication of a major international report on Securing the Promise of Nanotechnologies: Towards Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation (2009). The report, as well as other publications from this project and other recent work, are available here.  


Before joining the LSE in 2002, I held lectureships at the universities of Munich, Oxford, Kent and Essex. I received degrees in politics (M.A. Politische Wissenschaft) and economics (Diplom Volkswirtschaftslehre) at Munich University and gained a D.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University (Nuffield College). In 2006-07, I was a visiting scholar at Harvard University.


I have undertaken consultancy and advisory work for private and public sector organizations, including the Department for International Development (UK), European Commission, European Environment Agency and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany). I have taught on executive education programmes for many years, including for the World Economic Forum, Duke Corporate Education, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK) and TRIUM Global Executive MBA.



























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New publications


Falkner, Robert (2014) 'Global Environmental Politics and Energy: Mapping the Research Agenda', Energy Research and Social Science, 1:1. [further details]


Falkner, Robert. 'The burning hole at the heart of the G8 agenda. Why was climate change marginalised at the 2013 G8 summit?' Blog post, 17 June 2013.


Falkner, Robert (ed.) (2013) The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (Wiley-Blackwell). [further details]


Falkner, Robert (2013) 'The Crisis of Environmental Multilateralism: A Liberal Response', in: The Green Book: New Directions for Liberals in Government, edited by Duncan Brack, Paul Burall, Neil Stockley and Mike Tuffrey (London: Biteback Publishing), pp. 347-58. [download]