About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of
 the University of TorontoI teach courses on public policy and political economy at the Scarborough campus and on business and politics at the St. George campus. I'm also an Affiliated Faculty member at the Munk School of Global Affairs' Environmental Governance Lab, and a Faculty Associate at the Governance, Environment, and Markets Initiative at Yale University.

My research interests include environmental policy and governance, transnational private governance, global political economy, business and politics, and European Union politics. 
In my current research, I examine the development and impacts of transnational private governance of global production processes and supply chains, and the interactions between public policy and transnational private governance. Focusing mainly on environmental and natural resources policy and governance, current issue areas of interest include renewable energy, climate change, fisheries, forestry, e-waste, agriculture, and sustainable/fair trade. In my current book project, I examine the variation in the way the European Union has regulated transnational private governance, and the implications for the effectiveness and impact of public and private environmental governance. In addition, I'm involved in several projects assessing the influence of public policy and institutions on business’ success in complying with transnational private regulation. 

I received a Ph.D. in Environmental Politics from Yale University in 2014. I also hold an M.Phil. in Environmental Politics (2011) from Yale, and Master's degrees in Political Science (2002), Economic Policy (2003), and Conflict and Peace Studies (2005) from the University of Leuven, Belgium. I worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute for International and European Policy of the Political Science Department of the University of Leuven between 2003 and 2006, and as a research fellow of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO) between 2006 and 2008. I was a visiting researcher at Yale in the fall of 2007 and at the University of California, Berkeley in the spring of 2008. From 2009 to 2014, I coordinated the research projects of the Program on Private Authority and Environmental Governance at the Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative at Yale.

My research has been published in Regulation & Governance, International Environmental Agreements, Business and Politics, Environment, and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, as well as in several edited volumes

You can find my departmental website here and here.


Stefan Renckens
University of Toronto
Department of Political Science
100 St. George St., Room 3018
Toronto, ON M5S 3G3

Scarborough campus: 
Room P106-1
tel: 416-208-4893

St. George (downtown) campus:
Sydney Smith Hall, Room 3119
tel: 416-978-8710

Email: stefan[dot]renckens[at]utoronto.ca