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Mark Buntaine

Mark Buntaine

Associate Professor

Environmental Institutions and Governance

Bren Hall 4422

805-893-4075

buntaine@bren.ucsb.edu

Education

PhD, Environmental Politics & Policy/Research Methods, Duke University
MS, Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, University of Maryland
BA, Political Science and Chinese, Wake Forest University

Bio

*Mark Buntaine will be on sabbatical AY 2021-22

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.