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


CV (updated: January 2015)

My research investigates the political economy of environmental policymaking 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 and projects, when foreign aid catalyzes private sector investment in emerging technologies, and when externally-financed institution building in the environment sector persists over time, among other emerging research topics. I am completing the final stages of a book project that 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.

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