Michele Betsill

Contact Information

Phone: (970)491-5270

Email: m.betsill@colostate.edu

Website: http://egwg.colostate.edu

Office: Clark C346

Role: Faculty

Position: Professor and Chair

  • International Relations; Environmental Politics


I joined the CSU Political Science faculty in 2000 after receiving my PhD at the University of Colorado-Boulder and became Chair of the department in July 2015. I teach courses in international relations, environmental politics and qualitative research. My research focuses on global environmental governance, with a particular interest in the role of non-state actors in creating new mechanisms for steering society towards a more sustainable future. Although most of my work has focused on climate change, I have recently become interested in issues of natural resource extraction. My current project explore the transnational governance of resource extraction and political pathways to decarbonization. I am also the founder and co-leader of the Environmental Governance Working Group at CSU a multi-disciplinary research community of faculty and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and the Warner College of Natural Resources and a member of the Earth System Governance project's scientific steering committee.


PhD University of Colorado (2000)


Recent Publications

  • Michele M. Betsill. 2015. NGOs. In Research Handbook on Climate Governanceedited by Karen Bäckstrand and Eva Lövbrand. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Michele Betsill, Navroz Dubash, Matthew Paterson, Harro van Asselt, Antto Vihma, and Harald Winkler. 2015. Building Productive Linkages Between the UNFCCC and the Broader Global Climate Governance Landscape. Global Environmental Politics 15(2): 1-10.
  • Michele M. Betsill Kathryn Hochstetler and Dimitris Stevis eds. 2014. Advances in International Environmental Politics 2e. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Harriet Bulkeley Lilana Andonova Michele Betsill Daniel Compagnon Thomas Hale Matthew Hoffmann Peter Newell Matthew Paterson Charles Rogers and Stacy VanDeveer. 2014. Transnational Climate Change Governance. Cambridge University Press. (Runner-up for the International Study Association's 2014 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for the best book in global environmental politics)
  • Matthew Paterson Matthew Hoffmann Michele Betsill and Steven Bernstein. 2014. The Microfoundations of Policy Diffusion Towards Complex Global Governance: An analysis of the transnational carbon emissions trading network. Comparative Political Studies. 47: 420-449.
  • Michele Betsill. 2014. International Climate Change Policy: Complex Multilevel Governance. In The Global Environment: Institutions Law and Policy 4e. (R. Axelrod S. VanDeveer and D. L. Downie eds.). Washington DC: CQ Press.
  • Harriet Bulkeley and Michele M. Betsill. 2013. Revisiting the Urban Politics of Climate Change. Environmental Politics 22(1): 163-154



POLS 362 Global Environmental Politics (Fall 2014) - Syllabus

An upper-division undergraduate course that explores the contributions of international relations scholarship to our understanding of the political nature of global environmental problems and different approaches to governing those problems.

POLS 739 International Environmental Politics (Fall 2012) - Syllabus

A research seminar for advanced graduate students on the application of international relations theories and concepts to the study of global environmental change.

POLS 532 Governance of the World Political Economy (Spring 2013) - Syllabus

An international relations graduate seminar on contemporary issues and debates related to global governance.