Aarti Gupta is Associate Professor with the Environmental Policy Group at the Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Yale University. Prior to moving to the Netherlands, she completed research fellowships at Columbia University’s Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), and Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government.
Her research is in the field of global environmental and climate governance, with a focus on anticipatory governance of novel technologies (including biotechnology and climate engineering), and the role of transparency and information disclosure in governance. She has published widely on these topics, including the co-edited volume Transparency in Global Environmental Governance: Critical Perspectives (2014, MIT Press). She has combined this research trajectory with working outside of academia as well, including with the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Oxfam-Novib in the Hague, and Transparency International in Berlin.
At Wageningen University, Aarti coordinates the “Governing Climate Futures” research theme, and co-leads the international REIMAGINE consortium project on anticipatory climate governance in vulnerable regions of the global South. She was also the co-founder of the university-wide interdisciplinary REDD@WUR network, consisting of over 80 researchers working on climate-forest interactions.
In Europe and internationally, she has been vice-chair of the EU COST Action Transformations in Global Environmental Governance, a research network across 19 European countries. She is also a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Earth System Governance research network, the largest network of social scientists in the sustainability domain, and one of five Coordinating Lead Authors of the New ESG Science Plan, launched in 2018. She is co-editor of the Cambridge Elements in Earth System Governance series, published by Cambridge University Press and associate editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics. She is also a member of the Academic Working Group on Governance of Climate Engineering.