Michael Renner

Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

Michael Renner is a Senior Researcher at the Worldwatch Institute. Over the years his work has focused on a range of topics, including the linkages between environment, resources, and conflict, post-disaster peacemaking, and employment and environment.

Michael has served as Worldwatch’s Director of its Global Security Project. During 2005-2007, the project was centered on literature and field research examining the opportunities for peacemaking in the wake of un-natural disasters.

In 2007-2008, Michael coordinated a research project on environment and employment for the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Labour Organization. The resulting report, Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World, will be released at UN Headquarters in New York on September 24, 2008.

Before joining Worldwatch in 1987, Michael was a Corliss Lamont Fellow in Economic Conversion at Columbia University (1986-87) and a research associate at the World Policy Institute in New York City (1984-86). He serves on the board of the New York-based Global Policy Forum and is a Senior Advisor to the Institute for Environmental Security (The Hague/Brussels).

Michael was born and raised in Germany. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he received a Master's degree in international relations. He lives with his wife and two children on Long Island, New York.

Focus: Jobs, Security, Environment

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Selected Publications:

Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace, June 2007 (with Zoë Chafe)

"Turning Disasters into Peacemaking Opportunities," in State of the World 2006 (with Zoë Chafe)

"Security Redefined," in State of the World 2005. The Anatomy of Resource Wars, Worldwatch Paper 162, October 2002

Working for the Environment: A Growing Source of Jobs, Worldwatch Paper 152, September 2000

Author of eight other Worldwatch Papers, and regular contributor to Worldwatch’s State of the World volumes.

In addition to publishing two books, Michael’s writing has appeared in a broad variety of print periodicals, online publications, and newspapers 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.

Last Updated: May 15, 2012

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