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Alex Whitworth, Woodrow Wilson School STEP

Alex’s research is on global environmental assessment institutions such as the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific assessments of ozone depletion, and the Inter-governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He is using a social science approach to understand the role of such institutions in international politics, and investigating the conditions which lead to their creation in some environmental issue-areas. He is also interested in the design and governance of environmental assessments, methods of measuring their “effectiveness”, and the interaction of science and politics more generally.