Welcome!  I am an Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My areas of expertise are in international political economy, global environmental politics, and the role of business in international relations. My recent books include The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (edited, 2013) and Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics (2008).

At LSE, I serve as the Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum and the Academic Director of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, an alliance between LSE, NYU Stern School of Business and HEC Paris. I am also an associate of the LSE's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and an associate fellow of Chatham House, the London-based international affairs think tank.

I hold degrees in politics and economics from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. A short biography is available here.

Latest publications

Blog: "The Road to Paris: Look beneath the surface for the new climate politics", 30 November 2015 [link]


Chan, Sander, Robert Falkner, Harro van Asselt and Matthew Goldberg (2015) 'Strengthening non-state climate action: a progress assessment of commitments launched at the 2014 UN Climate Summit', Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Working Paper No. 242, London School of Economics, November. [download]

Falkner, Robert (2015) 'A minilateral solution for global climate change? On bargaining efficiency, club benefits and international legitimacy', Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Working Paper No. 222, London School of Economics, July. [download] (forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, March 2016)

Falkner, Robert (2015) 'International Negotiations: Towards Minilateralism', Nature Climate Change, vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 805-6. [link]

Blog: 'Tough trade-offs on the road to Paris: What hopes for a 2015 climate agreement?', 22 October 2014. [link]

Falkner, Robert (2014) ‘Global Environmental Politics and Energy: Mapping the Research Agenda’, Energy Research & Social Science, 1:1, pp. 188-197. [download]


Co-convenor, Symposium on the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, hosted by Grantham Research Institute and BISA Environment Working Group, at LSE, 30 October 2015 (by invitation only). 



Featured in Financial Times article on TRIUM EMBA and other global exec programmes, 19 October 2015: [link

Talk: 'Promises and Pitfalls of Minilateral Approaches to Global Climate Governance', German Development Institute, Bonn, 16 October 2015.

Paperback edition to be published in early 2016: Falkner, Robert (ed) The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (Wiley-Blackwell). [link]

Lecture 'Great Powers, Environmental Responsibility and China's International Climate Policy', Peking University, Beijing, 21 April 2015. [link]

Lecture 'Great Powers, Environmental Responsibility and the Global Climate Crisis', Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 7 April 2015. [link]

Podcast: 'The Earth in Crisis: Global Warming and the Failure of Climate Diplomacy', LSE Summer School Public Lecture, 14 July 2014. [link]