Aarti Gupta, PhD

Aarti Gupta is Associate Professor at Wageningen UR, Netherlands. Dr. Gupta holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to Wageningen, she was a Research Fellow for two years at Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government, where she participated in the Global Environmental Assessment Project, and focused on the role of science and expertise in global biosafety governance. She has also been a post-doctoral scholar at Columbia University’s Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes, based in Washington DC, where she participated in a Rockefeller-funded project on technological divides and anticipatory risk governance in a North-South context.

Her empirical focus has been on the issue-areas of biotechnology, biodiversity, forests and climate governance. Theoretically, she has sought to combine insights from constructivist international relations theories with international law, and science and technology studies (STS). Her most recent focus has been on the contested politics of transparency and accountability in environmental governance, with an edited volume on Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives, published by MIT Press (2014).

She has supplemented this academic journey with working extensively outside of academia as well. This includes, for example, working as global policy officer at the United Nations Development Programme, and the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests, both in New York, USA; as well as with foundations and bilateral aid agencies (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, GIZ- Germany); and with international non-governmental organizations (Oxfam-Novib in the Hague, Netherlands; Transparency International in Berlin, Germany). She has also been a writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and in this capacity attended numerous international environmental negotiations on biodiversity, food security, genetic resources, and forests.