The Political Economics of Environmental Sustainability Conference

About the Sustainability Research Conference Series

The Stanford Initiative on Business and Environmental Sustainability Research Conference Series is hosted by Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.

This conference will focus on the politics and the economics of environmental problems and regulation.

This conference will showcase research at the intersection of politics and the environment because progress on environmental sustainability requires understanding politics. Passing laws that lower emissions, creating incentives for technological innovation, and striking alliances and treaties across countries all require political agreements. Through empirical and theoretical research, we seek to understand political institutions and political actors, and how issues of sustainability evolve within political systems.


October 23–24, 2023


Stanford Graduate School of Business


Monday, October 23, 2023: 8:30am - 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 24, 2023: 8:00am - 3:30pm

Full Conference Agenda

Stanford Initiative on Business & Environmental Sustainability: Podcast

Listen as professor William P. Barnett and Stanford student Charlotte Kramer host a discussion with Professor Bård Harstad to discuss the takeaways from this conference.

Conference Organizer

Bård Harstad

The David S. Lobel Professor in Business and Sustainability and Professor of Political Economy