Michael Renner, Senior Researcher, Environment and Society Program

Contact Information
Department: Research
Title: Senior Researcher, Environment and Society Program
Email: mrenner@worldwatch.org
Phone: (631) 615-4845

Senior Researcher

Michael Renner is a Senior Researcher at the Worldwatch Institute. His work has principally focused on two topics: the connections between environment and employment (green jobs/green economy), and linkages between the environment and peace and conflict. Michael currently serves as co-director, with Tom Prugh and Gary Gardner, of the State of the World series. He also manages the Institute's Vital Signs series, an online and print publication. 

In 2007–2008, Michael was the lead author of a report on green jobs commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme. He is also consulting for the International Labour Organization and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He was lead author of IRENA's 2012 report on Renewable Energy Job and Access and is one of the main authors of Renewable Energy and Jobs, released at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi in January 2014. Michael has given presentations on green jobs around the world. In 2005–2007, Michael directed Worldwatch’s Global Security Project, which included the 2005 edition of State of the World, and a 2007 report on natural disasters and peacemaking.

Prior to joining Worldwatch in 1987, Michael was a Corliss Lamont Fellow at Columbia University, and a research associate at the World Policy Institute in New York City. Born and raised in Germany, Michael received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Konstanz in southern Germany, and a Master's degree in international relations from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He spent a year as an intern at the UN Center on Transnational Corporations in 1979–80.

Michael is a Senior Advisor to the Institute for Environmental Security (The Hague/Brussels) and is a member of the International Program Advisory Committee to CoCooN (Conflict and Cooperation over Natural Resources in Developing Countries) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Languages Spoken:
  • English (fluent)
  • German (native)
  • Dutch (basic)
  • French (basic)
Media Experience:
Michael's writing has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique, El País, and Frankfurter Rundschau.  He has appeared on radio and television programs including the BBC, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and others.

Speaking Engagements:

Michael has addressed a broad variety of audiences, including high- and mid-level policymakers, business and labor groups, academic settings, and broad public audiences.
Speaking engagements have included meetings organized by the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. State Department, European Parliament, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Wilton Park/British Foreign Office, MacArthur Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Geneva Centre on Security Policy, Global Development Network, Norwegian Social Forum, Confederation of Spanish Trade Unions, Carbon Forum Asia, World Bank, and a broad variety of UN venues.  


Selected Publications