Dr. Mark Buntaine will visit the University of Maryland for a research seminar on Tuesday, October 18th at 4:15pm in Tydings Hall, room 1136. Dr. Buntaine is an assistant professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. His visit is co-sponsored by the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda and the Center for Global Sustainability in the School of Public Policy. 

Dr. 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.  His work employs field experiments that are designed and implemented through strong partnerships with implementing agencies around the world.

Dr. Buntaine will be speaking on his recent book Giving Aid Effectively: The Politics of Environmental Performance and Selectivity and Multilateral Development Banks. More information about this book can be found here.