Stefan Renckens is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Toronto. He teaches courses on public policy at the Scarborough campus and on business and politics at the St. George campus. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member at the Munk School of Global Affairs' Environmental Governance Lab. His current research examines the development and impact of transnational private governance of global production processes and supply chains, and the interactions between public policy and transnational private governance. Focusing mainly on environmental and natural resources policy and governance, current issue areas of interest include renewable energy, climate change, fisheries, forestry, electronic waste, agriculture, and sustainable/fair trade. In his first book project, Stefan examines the variation in the way the European Union has regulated transnational private governance, and the implications for the functioning and impact of public and private environmental governance. In addition, he is involved in several projects assessing the influence of public policy and institutions on business’ success in complying with transnational private regulation. Stefan holds a Ph.D. (2014) and M.Phil. (2011) in Environmental Politics from Yale University, and Master’s degrees in Political Science (2002), Economic Policy (2003), and Conflict and Peace Studies (2005) from the University of Leuven. For more information, see www.stefanrenckens.com
Matto Mildenberger, a political scientist by training, studies the comparative politics of climate policy. His dissertation explores the institutional drivers of variation in the timing and content of carbon pricing policies across advanced economies. Matto also studies the dynamics of public climate opinions. Matto directs GEM's Program on Climate Governance and Policy and is affiliated with the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.
Akiva Fishman is a Program Assistant for the Forest Policy and Governance program. He is pursuing a Master of Forestry degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focuses on sustainable forestry management practices and policies. Concurrently, he is completing a Juris Doctor at New York University School of Law with a focus on environmental and international law. Before beginning his graduate studies, Akiva worked for the Environmental Law Institute on a series of books investigating the intersection between natural resource management and post-conflict peacebuilding. While at NYU he has worked with the Liberian Environmental Protection Agency on environmental impact assessment reform and regulation of private forestland, and with the Center for International Forestry Research on a study of illegal logging regulation in Indonesia and the European Union. Akiva holds a B.A. in International and Global Studies from Brandeis University.