Robert Falkner is an Associate Professor of International Relations and the Research Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He serves as the Academic Director of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, an alliance between LSE, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC Paris (ranked #3 by Financial Times EMBA survey in 2019). Previously, he held academic positions at the universities of Oxford, Kent and Essex, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University.
Born in Germany, he read for a double-degree in politics and economics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. After moving to the UK, he gained a doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College).
His research focuses on global environmental politics and international political economy, with a particular focus on climate policy and the role of business in international relations. He has published widely in these areas, including Environmentalism and Global International Society (2021), The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (edited, 2016) and Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics (2008). He has just completed a book project (co-edited with Barry Buzan) on Great Powers, Climate Change and Global Environmental Responsibilities (to be published by Oxford University Press in 2022) and is currently working on a new book (co-authored with Barry Buzan) on The Market in Global International Society, which traces the fluctuating fortunes of the market norm in international relations.
His research has been supported by grants from ESRC, European Commission, MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Rockefeller Foundation and Stiftung Mercator, among others. In 2008-09, he led an international research consortium that produced the first-ever comparative study of nanotechnology regulation in Europe and the US. In 2015-17, he was the Academic Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, a joint research and public engagement programme between LSE, Hertie School of Governance and Stiftung Mercator.
Robert is an associate fellow of Chatham House, the London-based international affairs think tank, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at Toronto University. He was an associate editor of the European Journal of International Relations (2004-08) and now serves on the editorial boards of the journals Earth System Governance, Global Environmental Politics, Global Policy and Schmollers Jahrbuch: Journal of Contextual Economics.
Dr Falkner supervises doctoral studies in areas including:
global environmental politics, international political economy, private governance, and business in international relations.