Project Overview

  • An international research network aimed at understanding and analyzing transnational governance arrangements in the area of climate change.


  • Matthew Paterson, Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Other Participants

  • Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University, UK (lead researcher)
  • Liliana Andonova, Colby College, USA
  • Michele Betsill Colorado State University, USA
  • Marc Levy, Columbia University, USA
  • Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University, UK
  • Philip Pattberg, FU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Karin Bäckstrand, Lund University, Sweden
  • Rosaleen Duffy, Manchester University, UK
  • Daniel Comagnon, Sciences Po, Bordeaux, France
  • Ans Kolk, UvA Business School, The Netherlands
  • David Levy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
  • Peter Newell, University of East Anglia, UK
  • Kristine Kern, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Stacey VanDeveer, University of New Hampshire, USA
  • Matthew Hoffman, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Kara Shaw, University of Victoria, Canada

Project Details and Goals

  • Develop the conceptual basis for understanding transnational climate change governance and the central issues of authority, legitimacy, representation and accountability
  • Systematically map the nature and extent of transnational governance arrangements for climate change and develop a typology to evaluate the significance of this phenomenon
  • Analyse and compare case studies of transnational governance arrangements for climate change in order to understand their functions, effectiveness and limitations
  • Engage with the wider research and policy community to consider the implications of transnational climate change governance for post-2012 climate policy, for the environment and for our understanding of global governance.
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  • Bulkeley, H., L. Andonova, K. Bäckstrand, M. Betsill, D. Compagnon, R. Duffy, A. Kolk, M. Hoffmann, D. Levy, P. Newell, T. Milledge, M. Paterson, and P. Pattberg, forthcoming 2012: Governing climate change transnationally: assessing the evidence from a survey of sixty initiatives. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy(accepted for publication).