Mark T. Buntaine
Assistant Professor
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Department of Political Science
University of California, Santa Barbara


CV (updated: February 2016)

My research investigates the political economy of development and environmental management in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the targeting and impact of foreign aid. I investigate when and why aid donors approve projects with a history of good performance, how participation by beneficiaries can improve the implementation of environmental policies, when foreign aid catalyzes private sector investment in emerging technologies, when externally-financed institution building in the environment sector persists over time, and how remote sensing data can be used for geospatial impact evaluation, among other emerging research topics. My forthcoming book (Oxford University Press, 2016) examines when and why member states and civil society groups can make the multilateral development banks, which manage approximately half of all international development finance, responsive to their environmental performance. I am currently leading a number of international field experiments related to the effects of transparency on governance and environmental management.

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