The Political Economy of Environmental Sustainability Conference

The barriers to environmental sustainability are not only technical — they are also political.

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 showcased 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 sought to understand political institutions and political actors, and how issues of sustainability evolve within political systems.


Friday, October 14, 2022: 12:30pm–8:00pm
Saturday, October 15, 2022: 8:00am–5:00pm

Full Conference Agenda

Stanford Initiative on Business & Environmental Sustainability: Podcast

Listen as Professor William P. Barnett and Stanford student Ingrid Ackermann host a discussion with faculty members Jonathan Bendor and Steven Callander to discuss the takeaways from this conference.

Conference Organizers

The Walter and Elise Haas Professor of Political Economics and Organizations
The Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management and Professor of Political Economy