Stefan Renckens

Stefan Renckens

Assistant Professor
Highland Hall- HL550


Stefan Renckens is an Assistant Professor with broad interests in global environmental governance and political economy. His research examines the development, functioning and impact of transnational private sustainability governance, and interactions between private governance and public policy from an international and comparative perspective. Issue areas of interest include fisheries, sustainable agriculture, fair trade, e-waste, renewable energy, climate change and forestry.

Stefan holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Global Environmental Politics from Yale University and Master’s degrees in Political Science, Economic Policy, and Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

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Research Interests: 

  • Global environmental governance
  • Transnational private governance
  • International and comparative political economy
  • European Union politics and policy

Awards and Grants: 

  • US National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant in Political Science, 2012
  • Yale University, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Dissertation Research Grant, 2012
  • Yale University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-2013
  • Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF), Research Fellowship, 2007-2008



Renckens, Stefan, Grace Skogstad and Matthieu Mondou. Forthcoming. “When Normative and Market Power Interact: The European Union and Global Biofuels Governance” Journal of Common Market Studies (Early view; DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12584).

Auld, Graeme and Stefan Renckens. 2017. “Rule-Making Feedbacks through Intermediation and Evaluation in Transnational Private Governance” The ANNALS of the American Academy of
Political and Social Science 670(1): 93-111.

Renckens, Stefan. 2015. “The Basel Convention, US Politics, and the Emergence of Non-State E-Waste Recycling Certification” International Environmental Agreements 15(2): 141-158.

Auld, Graeme, Stefan Renckens and Benjamin Cashore. 2015. “Transnational Private Governance between the Logics of Empowerment and Control” Regulation & Governance 9(2): 108-124.

Kanie, Norichika, Peter M. Haas, Steinar Andresen, Graeme Auld, Benjamin Cashore, Pamela S. Chasek, Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Stefan Renckens, Olav Schram Stokke, Casey Stevens, Stacy D. VanDeveer and Masahiko Iguchi. 2013. “Green Pluralism. Lessons for Improved Environmental Governance in the 21st Century” Environment 55(5): 14-30.

Auld, Graeme, Cristina Balboa, Laura Bozzi, Benjamin Cashore, and Stefan Renckens. 2010. “Can Technological Innovations Foster Non-State Global Governance?” Business and Politics 12(3): Article 9.  

Renckens, Stefan. 2008. “Yes, We Will! Voluntarism in U.S. E-Waste Governance” Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 17(3): 286-299.

Teaching Interests: 

  • POLC66 Public Policy Making
  • POLC69H3 Political Economy: International and Comparative Perspectives
  • POLD64 Comparative Public Policy
  • POL438 Business and Politics