Raymond Clémençon

Senior Lecturer

Office Location

SSMS 2113


Sustainable development, political economy, international environmental institutions and agreements


Ph.D. in international relations and comparative politics from the University of Zurich (1988), Masters degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1983), and Bachelors degrees from the University of Basel in sociology and history (1979). Awarded a research grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for post-doctoral research at Stanford University in 1988/89.


Raymond Clémençon teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Global and International Studies Program the Sociology Department and the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environment and Development an interdisciplinary and international journal established in 1992.

His policy research interests and teaching cover sustainable development, political economy, international environmental institutions, agreements and negotiations, international organizations, development financing, and comparative environmental politics in Europe and the US.

Prior to joining UCSB in the fall of 2008, Raymond Clémençon taught at the University of California in San Diego at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS), the Environmental Studies Program and the Political Science Department. He has worked on international environmental policy issues since 1989 first as a government representative and later researcher and policy consultant. Until 1994, he was Section Head at the International Affairs Division of the Swiss Environment Agency. From 1990 to 1994, Clémençon was one of the negotiators on the Climate Convention, the Rio Conference on Environment and Development, and the establishment of the Global Environment Facility, GEF, a multilateral environmental financing mechanism associated with the World Bank, UNDP and UNEP. In the early 90s he was involved in Switzerland's national effort to develop and implement a CO2 tax and a national sustainable development strategy.

Raymond Clémençon has served as a policy consultant for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Washington DC, the World Bank, the "International Task Force on Global Public Goods," and the Swiss government. He was a member of the evaluation team conducting the Second Perform ance Assessment of the GEF in 1997. More recently he advised the GEF secretariat during the 5th GEF replenishment negotiations in 2009 and the Swiss government on the establishment of the Green Climate Fund, in 2011 - 2012. The GCF is expected to serve the UN Climate Convention as the main financing mechanism for mitigation and adaptation measures to be undertaken by developing countries.


Recent Journal Articles & Book Chapters

2012. "Welcome to the Anthropocene: Rio+20 and the Meaning of Sustainable Development." Journal for Environment and Development Vol. 21, No. 3: 311-338.

2012. "From Rio 1992 to Rio 2012 and Beyond: Revisiting the Role of Trade Rules and Financial Transfers for Sustainable Development." Journal of Environment & Development, March 2012 Vol. 21, No. 1: 21: 5-14.

2010. "Climate Negotiations after Copenhagen.." In: Constance Lever-Tracy and Barrie Pittock, Climate Change and Society: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, Francis & Taylor.

2010. " Pushing past Neo-Liberalism: Rethinking Global Climate Negotiations.." In: Constance Lever-Tracy and Barrie Pittock, Climate Change and Society: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, Francis & Taylor.

2009. "Innovative Financing Mechanisms for the GEF." First Meeting for the Fifth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund, March 17-18, 2009, Paris. GEF/R.5/8, February 27, 2009.

2008. "The Bali Road Map. A First Step on the Difficult Journey to a Post-Kyoto Protocol Agreement." Journal for Environment and Development Vol. 17, No. 1:70-94.

2007. "Funding for the Global Environment Facility Continues to Decline." Journal for Environment and Development Vol. 16, No. 1:3-7.

2006. "What Future for the Global Environment Facility." Journal for Environment and Development Vol. 15, No. 1:50-74.

2006. "Capacity Building for Global Environmental Public Goods Provision." International Task Force on Global Public Goods (ITFGPG). Stockholm. (Full Task Force Report)

2006. "Cost-benefit Analysis of Global Commons Recommendations. An analysis of costs and benefits of climate change and biodiversity conservation policies." Stockholm: ITFGPG.

2006. "Resource Needs and Availability for Protecting Global Environmental Public Goods." Stockholm: ITFGPG.


1990. Perceptions and Interests: Developing Countries and the International Economic System. Bern: Peter Lang Press.