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Aarti Gupta

Wageningen University

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Aarti Gupta is professor of global environmental governance at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the contested politics of transparency and accountability in global environmental and climate governance, and the challenges of anticipatory global governance of novel technologies, such as biotechnology and climate engineering. She has published widely on these topics, including Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives (2014, MIT Press). She leads the TRANSGOV project on the Transformative Potential of Transparency in Climate Governance (https://trans-gov.org/). Aarti is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Earth System Governance (ESG) research alliance. She holds a PhD from Yale University, with a background in political science, international relations, and science and technology studies.

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Gupta, A.; Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S.; Kamil, N.; Ching, A; Bernaz,N. 2021. “Performing accountability: Face-to-face account-giving in multilateral climate politics,” Climate Policy.

Gupta, Aarti; Möller, Ina; Biermann, Frank; Jinnah, Sikina; Kashwan, Prakash; Mathur, Vikrom; Morrow, David R.; Nicholson, Simon (2020) “Anticipatory governance of solar geoengineering: conflicting visions of the future and their links to governance proposals,” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 10 – 19.

Kashwan, P.; Biermann, F; Gupta, A.; Okereke, C. (2020) “Planetary justice: Prioritizing the poor in earth system governance.” Earth System Governance. Online first, 2020.

Muiderman, K.B.; Gupta, A.; Vervoort, J.M.; Biermann, F. (2020) “Four approaches to anticipatory climate governance: Different conceptions of the future and implications for the present.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 11 (2020)6, 20 p.

Gupta, A.; Boas, I.J.C.; Oosterveer, P.J.M. (2020) “Transparency in global sustainability governance: to what effect?” Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 22 (2020)1, 84 – 97.

Gupta, Aarti and Ina Möller. 2019. “De facto governance: how authoritative assessments construct climate engineering as an object of governance.” Environmental Politics, 28(3), 480-501.

Burch, Sarah, Aarti Gupta, Cristina Inoue, Agni Kalfagianni… Ruben Zondervan. 2019. “New directions in earth system governance research.” Earth System Governance, 1, 100006.

Gupta, Aarti and Harro van Asselt. 2019. “Transparency in multilateral climate politics: Furthering (or distracting from) accountability?” Regulation & Governance, 13(1), 18-34.

Vervoort, Joost and Aarti Gupta. 2018. “Anticipating climate futures in a 1.5 °C era: the link between foresight and governance.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 31, 104-111.

Flegal, Jane and Aarti Gupta. 2018. “Evoking equity as a rationale for solar geoengineering research? Scrutinizing emerging expert visions of equity.” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 18:1, 45-61.

Dooley, Kate and Aarti Gupta. 2017. “Governing by expertise: the contested politics of (accounting for) land-based mitigation in a new climate agreement.” International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17, 4: 483–500.

Turnhout, Esther, Aarti Gupta, Janice Weatherley-Singh, Marjanneke M.J. Vijge, Jessica de Koning, Ingrid J. Visseren-Hamakers, Martin M. Herold, and Markus Lederer. 2017. “Envisioning REDD+ in a post-Paris era: Between evolving expectations and current practice.” WIREs Climate Change, 8: e425. doi:10.1002/wcc.425

Gupta, Aarti, and Michael Mason. 2016. “Disclosing or obscuring? The politics of transparency in global climate governance.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 18, 82-90.

Gupta, Aarti, Till Pistorius and Marjanneke J. Vijge. 2016. “Managing fragmentation in global environmental governance: the REDD+ partnership as bridge organization.” International Environmental Agreements 16, 3, 355–374.

Weatherley-Singh, Janice, and Aarti Gupta. 2015. “Drivers of Deforestation and REDD+ Benefit-Sharing: A meta-analysis of the (missing) link.” Environmental Science & Policy, 54, 97-105.

Stattman, Sarah, and Aarti Gupta. 2015. “Negotiating authority in global biofuel governance: Brazil and the EU in the WTO.” Global Environmental Politics, 15, 1: 41-59.

Biermann, Frank; Kenneth Abbott,.. Aarti Gupta,…et al. 2012. “Navigating the Anthropocene: improving earth system governance.” Science, 335: 6074.

Gupta, Aarti, Eva Lövbrand, Esther Turnhout and Marjanneke Vijge, 2012. “In pursuit of carbon accountability: the politics of REDD+ measuring, reporting and verification systems.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4, 6: 726-731.

Gupta, Aarti. 2011. “An evolving science-society contract in India: the search for legitimacy in anticipatory risk governance.” Food Policy, 36, 6: 736-741.

Biermann, Frank, and Aarti Gupta. 2011. “Accountability and legitimacy in earth system governance: a research framework.” Ecological Economics, 70, 11:1856-1864.

Gupta, Aarti. 2010. “Transparency to what end? Governing by disclosure through the Biosafety Clearing House.” Environmental and Planning C: Government and Policy, 28, 1: 128 – 144.

Gupta, Aarti. 2010. “Transparency in global environmental governance: a coming of age?” Global Environmental Politics, 10 (3): 1-9.

Gupta, Aarti. 2008. “Transparency under scrutiny: information disclosure in global environmental governance.” Global Environmental Politics, 8, 2: 1-7.