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Ben Leffel

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Based in

United States
North America

Ben Leffel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan and a member of the Urban Sustainability Research Group at the School for Environment Sustainability. His current research observes facility-level greenhouse gas emissions of Carbon Disclosure Project-disclosing corporations and analyzes multi-level determinants of emissions reduction, including city-level policy and firm-level sustainability initiatives.

Focus areas of expertise

Greenwashing Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Renewable energy

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2021 Benjamin Leffel, “Toward global urban climate mitigation: Linking national and polycentric systems of environmental change,” Sociology of Development, vol. 8, no. 1, 1-27.

2021 Benjamin Leffel (Forthcoming), “Principles of modern city diplomacy & the expanding role of cities in foreign policy,” Journal of International Affairs, vol. 74, no. 1.

2021 Benjamin Leffel, Nikki Tavasoli, Brantley Liddle, Kent Henderson and Sabrina Kiernan, “Metropolitan air pollution abatement & industrial growth: Global urban panel analysis of PM2.5, PM10, SO2 and NO2,” Environmental Sociology.

2021 Sarah Bracking and Benjamin Leffel, “Climate finance governance: fit for purpose?” WIREs Climate Change, vol. 12, no. 4, e709.

2021 Yu Hongyuan, Benjamin Leffel, Li Qianyuan and Craig Simon, “Bridging Theory on Global Corporate Hierarchy and City Diplomacy: The Case of China,” Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies, vol. 9, no. 2, 2150011.

2020 Michele Acuto and Benjamin Leffel “Understanding the global geography of city networks,” Urban Studies, vol. 58, no. 9, 1758-1774.

2020 Benjamin Leffel, “Marine protection as polycentric governance: The PEMSEA Network of Local Governments,” Chapter 4 in Efe Sevin and Sohaela Amiri, eds., City Diplomacy: Current Trends and Future Prospects, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 59-79.

2018 Benjamin Leffel and Michele Acuto, “Economic Power Foundations of Cities in Global Governance,” Global Society, vol. 32, no. 1, 281-301.

2018 Benjamin Leffel, “Animus of the Underling: Theorizing City Diplomacy in a World Society,” The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, vol. 13, no. 4, 502-522.

2018 Benjamin Leffel, “Urban Sustainability and Industrial Migration: The Green Transition of Hefei, China”, Chapter 16, in Woodrow Clark II, ed., Sustainable Cities and Communities Design Handbook, 2nd Edition, Oxford: Elsevier, 307-324.