Aarti Gupta, PhD

Aarti Gupta, PhD

Aarti Gupta is Associate Professor with the Environmental Policy Group at the Department of Social Sciences in Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her research is in the field of global environmental governance, with a focus on anticipatory governance of novel technologies and the role of science and knowledge therein, as well as questions of transparency and accountability, in the empirical domains of climate, forests, and safe use of biotechnology. Publications include Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives (MIT Press 2014), as well as numerous journal articles, including most recently on climate engineering governance. Aarti holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Yale University. She has also held predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship positions at Harvard and Columbia Universities. Her disciplinary background is political science and international relations, as well as science and technology studies. Aarti is currently co-lead on the ‘Reimagine’ project on ‘Climate Anticipation in Vulnerable Regions of the Global South’, together with colleagues from Utrecht and Oxford Universities. She also coordinates the “Governing Climate Futures” research theme within the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, and is co-founder of the REDD@WUR network, an interdisciplinary network of over 80 researchers working on the interface between climate and forest governance. Internationally, she is a Lead Faculty in the Earth System Governance research alliance (a network of social science researchers on global environmental change), and one of five Coordinating Lead Authors of the ESG New Directions Science Plan. She is co-founder of the ESG Task Force on Anticipatory Governance and a member of the ESG Task Force on Planetary Justice. She is also Associate Editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics, and member of Climate Strategies, and the Climate Equity network. She has supplemented this academic journey with working outside of academia as well, including, inter alia, with the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Oxfam-Novib in the Hague, and Transparency International in Berlin.