(Bren School of Environmental Policy and Management)
International Relations and Environmental Policy
Mark T. Buntaine, Assistant Professor, International Relations and Environmental Policy
PhD, Environmental Politics & Policy/Research Methods, Duke University; MS, Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, University of Maryland; BA, Political Science/Chinese, Wake Forest University
Mark Buntaine's research investigates the sources of effective environmental policy in developing countries, with an emphasis on the targeting and impact of foreign aid. Although many of the world's most significant environmental problems occur in developing countries, the implementation of environmental policies is often challenging because of inadequate resources and poor governance. Buntaine leads a range of international projects that deal with the allocation practices of aid donors, the participation of citizens in environmental policy-making, the relationship between public and private financing of environmental technologies, the processes that lead to effective government reform, and the evaluation of environmental projects, among other interests. Prior to arriving at the Bren School in 2013, he served on the faculty in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary. He has done fieldwork in many countries across Asia, Africa, and South America.