Robert Falkner

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Background

Robert received an MA in Politics and Diplom-Volkswirt (MSc Economics) from Munich University and gained a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University (Nuffield College). He has published widely on topics relating to global environmental politics and climate policy, among others. His most recent books are The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

In 2006-07, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Before joining LSE, Robert held academic positions at the universities of Oxford, Kent and Essex.

Robert has expensive experience of executive education and has undertaken consultancy and advisory work for private and public sector organisations, including the Department for International Development (UK), European Commission,European Environment Agency and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany).

Research interests

  • International political economy;
  • Global environmental politics;
  • International climate policy;
  • Multinational corporations;
  • Risk regulation;
  • Global governance.

2013

Book  1 April, 2013

The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy

The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy presents an authoritative and comprehensive overview of global policy on climate and the environment. It combines the strengths of an interdisciplinary team of experts from around the world to explore current debates and the latest thinking in the search for global environmental solutions. read more »

2012

Research article  20 November, 2012

Regulatory responses to scientific uncertainty and nanotechnology

Reference Porter, R.D., Breggin, L., Falkner, R., Pendergrass, J., and Jaspers, N. 2012. Regulatory responses to scientific uncertainty and nanotechnology. The Nanotechnology Challenge: creating law and legal institutions for uncertain risks … read more »

Research article  20 May, 2012

Rio+20 and the global environment: reflections on theory and practice - introduction

Reference Falkner, R., and Lee, B (eds.). May 2012. Rio+20 and the global environment: reflections on theory and practice – introduction. International Affairs (special issue), v.88, pp.503-522.

Research article  20 May, 2012

Global environmentalism and the greening of international society

Have environmental values become part of the normative structure of international society? Has the rise of global environmentalism led to a greening of international society? Most International Relations research … read more »

Research article  20 February, 2012

Regulating nanotechnologies: risk, uncertainty and the global governance gap

Nanosciences and nanotechnologies are set to transform the global industrial landscape, but the debate on how to regulate environmental, health and safety risks is lagging behind technological innovation. Current … read more »

2011

Research article  20 September, 2011

Addressing the risks of nanomaterials under United States and European Union Regulatory Frameworks for Chemicals

Reference Breggin, L., Falkner, R., Porter, R., Pendergrass, J., and Jaspers, N. September 2011. Addressing the risks of nanomaterials under United States and European Union Regulatory Frameworks for Chemicals. Assessing Nanoparticle Risks … read more »

2010

Research article  18 December, 2010

Globalisation, neopluralism and multinodal politics

Reference Falkner, R. Globalisation, neopluralism and multinodal politics. December 2010. Journal of Power, v.3, pp.452-458.

Research article  18 October, 2010

International climate policy after Copenhagen: Towards a 'building blocks' approach

This article reviews the options for future international climate policy after the 2009 Copenhagen conference. It argues that a major reassessment of the current approach to building a climate … read more »

Working paper  1 July, 2010

International climate policy after Copenhagen: towards a 'building blocks' approach

This paper asks what can be hoped for the international climate change negotiation process in the wake of the 2009 Copenhagen conference, and what should be … read more »

Research article  19 May, 2010

Business and global climate governance: a neo-plurist perspective. Business and Global Governance

Business plays a critical role in global climate politics; this is widely agreed upon in international relations and political economy. Whether we should view business primarily as blocking political … read more »

Research article  19 January, 2010

Getting a deal on climate change: Obama's flexible multilateralism. Obama Nation? US foreign policy one year on

‘It will be as different as night from day’, is how Senator John Kerry described the impact of Barack Obama’s election victory on America’s stance in international climate politics. … read more »

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In the news  24 October, 2014

The EU has agreed new emissions targets, but what hope is there for a global climate agreement in 2015?

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog, 24 October

Commentary  27 February, 2014

Sad Irony of the 'Airpocalypse'

Financial Times – registration required.

2013

Announcement  2 May, 2013

Grantham LSE Associate edits 'The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy'

Robert Falkner presents a comprehensive overview of international policy on climate and the environment. The book brings together a global team of experts to explore current debates and the latest thinking in … read more »

Film and briefing paper on consensus in the climate change negotiations
Announcement  1 May, 2013

Film and briefing paper on consensus in the climate change negotiations

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) gathered together seven experts on how to build consensus in climate change negotiations, and whether consensus in the UNFCCC is the way to save the … read more »

2012

Announcement  21 May, 2012

Department of International Relations and Chatham House debate: 'The 'Rio+20' UN Summit: Global Crisis, or Global Rescue?'

The ‘Rio+20’ UN conference will take place in June, two decades after the ‘Earth Summit’ in Rio de Janeiro. What will it take to make environmental sustainability a global reality? This event marks the publication of a special issue of International Affairs on ‘Rio+20 and the global environment: reflections on theory and practice’. The event is taking place on Thursday 31 May 2012, from 6.30 to 8pm, at LSE. read more »

Announcement  15 May, 2012

Article by Dr Robert Falkner included in MIT Press’s "50 Influential Journal Articles" anniversary celebration

Dr Falkner’s article, 'Private Environmental Governance and International Relations: exploring the links' (Global Environmental Politics 3:2, 2003), has been included in the list of 50 influential journal articles published in MIT Press journals, in honour of the Press’ 50th anniversary. Dr Falkner is in the International Relations Department at LSE and also a Grantham associate. read more »

2010

Commentary  1 January, 2010

Getting a deal on climate change: Obama's flexible multiculturalism (PDF)

‘It will be as different as night from day’, is how Senator John Kerry described the impact of Barack Obama’s election victory on America’s stance in international climate politics. Kerry … read more »

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2013

Policy Seminars 20 May 2013

Multilateralism in Crisis: environmental conflict and stalemate in the trade and climate regimes

Hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the International Relations department at LSE Those who argue that multilateralism is in crisis typically point to … read more »

Public Lectures 4 Feb 2013

Dr Robert Falkner - International relations and global action on climate change

In this lecture, Dr Robert Falkner explores the challenges of international action on climate change from the perspective of politics and international relations. This talk includes an introduction to international … read more »

2012

Public Lectures 10 May 2012

Professor David Vogel - Precautionary Politics: explaining the shift in global regulatory leadership from the United States to Europe

Hosted by LSE’s Department of International Relations and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Since 1990, the United States and the European Union have traded places. … read more »

Grantham Workshop 13 Mar 2012

The Global Development Post-Durban Of Policy Regimes To Combat Climate Change

Hosted by the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) and Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) Downloads The outlook for international climate-change mitigation policies post-Durban Professor Nicholas … read more »

2011

Policy Seminars 12 Dec 2011

Climate Diplomacy in Durban: behind closed doors

This presentation examines the Durban summit on climate change from the perspective of a government delegate. A participant in UN climate conferences since 2004, Professor Dimitrov will highlight key developments … read more »

Public Lectures 24 Mar 2011

Senator Lindsey O. Graham - US Energy and Climate Change Policy

Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment public lecture. Speaker: Senator Lindsey O. Graham Chair: Dr Robert Falkner, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at LSE More information: LSE … read more »

Policy Seminars 25 Feb 2011

After Cancun: the prospects for international climate diplomacy

Hosted jointly by the Grantham Research Institute and CCCEP. Panellists: Peter Betts, Director of International Climate Strategy, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change – DECC Michael Jacobs, Visiting Professor … read more »

2010

Policy Seminars 18 Nov 2010

From Copenhagen to Legoland? The rise of the building blocks approach in international climate policy

Speaker: Robert Falkner, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Abstract of ‘From Copenhagen to Legoland?’ seminar The rise of the building blocks approach in … read more »

2009

Public Lectures 18 Mar 2009

Professor Jennifer Clapp - The Worldwide Anti-Plastics Shift: bags, bottles and global environmental governance

Chair: Dr Robert Falkner, senior lecturer in international relations at LSE Speaker: Professor Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo, Ontario

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2013

Book  1 April, 2013

The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy

The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy presents an authoritative and comprehensive overview of global policy on climate and the environment. It combines the strengths of an interdisciplinary team of experts from around the world to explore current debates and the latest thinking in the search for global environmental solutions. read more »

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