Robert Falkner is the Research Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and an Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). At LSE, 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 #2 by Financial Times EMBA survey in 2018). Previously, he held academic positions at the universities of Oxford, Kent and Essex and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University. In 2018, he was appointed as Distinguished Fellow at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs.
Born in Germany, he read for a double-degree in politics (MA Politikwissenschaft) and economics (Diplom-Volkswirt) 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 political economy, global environmental politics, and the role of business in international relations. He has published widely in these areas, including the The Handbook of Global Climate and Environment Policy (edited, Wiley-Blackwell 2013) and Business Power and Conflict in International Environmental Politics (Palgrave 2008). His research has been supported by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Commission, John D. and Catherine T. 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. He currently serves on the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission at LSE IDEAS, which will formulate the principles that should underpin Britain’s trade and investment policies as well as define the UK's role in the world. He was an associate editor of the European Journal of International Relations (2004-08) and now serves on the editorial boards of the journals Global Environmental Politics, Global Policy, Polity, and Schmollers Jahrbuch: Journal of Contextual Economics.
He has extensive experience of executive-level teaching, consultancy and advisory work, for private and public sector organisations, including the Department for International Development (UK), Duke Corporate Education, the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany), HEC Paris, Oxford Analytica, TRIUM EMBA and the World Economic Forum.