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Summer 2013

April 2-6, 2013: GEM doctoral student Michael W. Stone presented a paper with Bradley R. Jackson entitled “The Beast in the Woods and the Monstrosity of the Earth: On the Dialectic of Will and Reason in International Forest Governance” at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. At the conference, Michael Stone and Ben Cashore also presented a paper entitled “Can Legality Verification Promote ‘Good Forest Governance.’”
April 11, 2013: Yale University and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) hosted a side event on the Private Sector & Forest Financeat the UN Forum on Forestsin Istanbul, Turkey. The panel, moderated by Ben Cashore, discussed the current and future role of the private sector in sustainable forest management. Ben Cashore and Lloyd Irland presented a whitepaper on forest finance at the forum, “Economic and Social Contributions of Forests:  Implications for the Private Sector Role in Forest Financing.” Read more about the panel here and here.
April 26-27, 2013: Papers and the outcome document associated with the Yale / UNITAR workshop “Rights in Environmental Governance: Explaining their Emergence, Examining their Effectiveness” have been posted on-line and can be accessed here.
June 11, 2013: The GEM Initiative hosted the third meeting of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Task Force on International Forest Governance in San Jose, Costa Rica in conjunction with the IUFRO Latin America Congress in June. The purpose of the Task Force is to draw on the contributions of political science and related disciplines to better understand how policy integration and stakeholder learning might improve the practice of responsible forest management around the world. At the meeting, participants provided feedback on the forthcoming Issues & Options briefs on forest policy coauthored by Task Force faculty and GEM graduate students.
June-August 2013: GEM Initiative Director Ben Cashore spent the summer as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics in the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen, with support from the Sustainable Forestry and Nature Management program (SUFANOMA) at the University of Copenhagen and the Velux Foundation.
June 26-28, 2013: The first International Conference on Public Policy, convened by Professor Philippe Zittoun, was held at Sciences Po Grenoble. At the conference, Ben Cashore, Iben Nathan, and Steven Bernstein convened three environment-themed panels and presented a paper on “Polycentric Public Policy and the Environment,” oriented towards pathways of influence and policy learning. GEM doctoral student Matto Mildenberger presented two papers at the conference, “The politics of strategic environmental accommodation: Understanding business influence on the climate policymaking process” and “Beyond lock-in: Rethinking policy feedback mechanisms and effects” with Alex Hertel-Fernandez and Leah Stokes. GEM doctoral student Sébastien Jodoin presented a paper entitled “Tropical Forest Governance in a Changing Climate: Transnational Pathways of Policy Influence in the REDD+ Readiness Phase.”
June 27-29, 2013: GEM doctoral student Stefan Renckens and GEM faculty associate Graeme Auld presented a paper, entitled “It’s Time to Certify. Explaining Variation in the Duration of Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Certification” at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Socio‐Economics (SASE) in Milan, Italy.
August 26, 2013: Ben Cashore delivered a public address at the University of Copenhagen’s Sustainability Science Center entitled “Can market forces rescue global forest governance?” A webcast of the lecture is available hereand the slidedeck is available here.
August 28, 2013: Ben Cashore presented a talk to the European Environmental Agency on the topic of “Overcoming the Tragedy of Super Wicked Problems: The Role of Policy ‘lock-in’ in transitioning to a Sustainable Future.”
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