Aarti Gupta is Professor of Global Environmental Governance with the Environmental Policy
Group, Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Her
research focuses on global environmental and climate governance, including questions of
transparency and accountability, and anticipatory governance of novel technologies
(biotechnology and climate engineering). She has published extensively on these topics,
including the co-edited volume Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical
Perspectives (2014, MIT Press).
At Wageningen University’s Environmental Policy Group, Aarti coordinates the ‘Governing
Climate Futures’ research theme. She is principal investigator of ‘The Transformative
Potential of Climate Transparency’ (TRANSGOV) project, and co-leads the REIMAGINE
consortium project on anticipatory climate governance in vulnerable regions of the global
South. She is also co-founder of the university-wide interdisciplinary REDD@WUR
network, consisting of over 80 researchers working on climate-forest interactions.
Internationally, she is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Earth System
Governance (ESG) research alliance, the largest network of social scientists working on
sustainability, and Coordinating Lead Author of the 2018 ESG Science Plan. She is Series
Co-editor of the Cambridge Elements in Earth System Governance series (CUP), and
Associate Editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics (MIT Press). She has also been
member of the Academic Working Group on Climate Engineering Governance, and Vice-
Chair of the EU COST Action on Transformations in Global Environmental Governance.
Aarti holds a PhD from Yale University, with a background in political science, international
relations, and science and technology studies. Prior to moving to the Netherlands, she held
research fellowships with the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Columbia
University, and the Global Environmental Assessment Project at Harvard University. Aarti
has combined this research trajectory with working outside of academia as well, including
with the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Oxfam-Novib in the Hague
and Transparency International in Berlin.