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Gus Greenstein

Assistant professor

Dr. G.H. Greenstein
+31 70 800 9500

Gus Greenstein is an assistant professor at the Institute of Public Administration.

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Gus is a political scientist specializing in environmental governance, public administration, and policy studies. He received his PhD from Stanford University's Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.

Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, Gus studies policy implementation and institutional change in the context of environmental/climate policy and international development. His work on policy implementation examines how organizational structure and management practice affect the outputs and performance of public agencies, and the factors that shape agency structure and management. His work on institutional change explores the drivers of environmental policy change in national/subnational governments and international development organizations.

His completed and active projects address these themes in the context of deforestation control in Brazil, forest regulations (in global comparative perspective), the social-environmental safeguards of the World Bank, the allocation of climate finance in the World Bank, and the allocation of development finance in USAID.

Gus is affiliated with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore) and a Research Fellow of the Earth Systems Governance Project. He is a former Research Fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

Outside of academia, Gus worked as a consultant/research analyst for the World Bank Environment Practice, World Bank Independent Evaluation Group, The Brattle Group (an energy economics consulting firm), International Rivers, and Conservation Strategy Fund. As a Thomas Watson Fellow, he spent a year documenting the social-environmental impacts of large hydropower projects across South/Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

Gus holds an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford and a BA in Environmental Studies from Amherst College.

Assistant professor

  • Faculty Governance and Global Affairs
  • Instituut Bestuurskunde

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Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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