Teresa Kramarz

Assistant Professor, School of the Environment


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Environmental Accountability 
  • Extractivism and Resource Governance
  • Renewable Energy and Just Transitions 
  • Ecological Justice
  • Partnerships in Environmental Governance
  • International Organizations 


Teresa Kramarz co-directs the Environmental Governance Lab and is the co-convener of the Accountability in Global Environmental Governance Task Force of the Earth System Governance network. Her work focuses on the governance of extractive industries in the renewable energy transition, environmental accountability, and the performance of partnerships led by international organizations. She is the author of three books – “Forgotten Values: The World Bank and Environmental Partnerships,” “Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap” - both published by MIT Press; and “Populist Moments and Extractivist States in Venezuela and Ecuador: The People's Oil?” by Palgrave. Recent articles appear in Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Politics, Energy Research and Social Science, Society and Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Governance, and Review of Policy Research. She has been working on environmental policy and governance issues for 28 years starting as an international civil servant in the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme and then as a scholar.


Kramarz, Teresa, and Donald Kingsbury (2021) Populist Moments and Extractivist States in Venezuela and Ecuador: The People’s Oil? London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kramarz, Teresa (2020) Forgotten Values: The World Bank and Environmental Partnerships. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Park, Susan, and Teresa Kramarz (2019) Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Journal Articles

Kramarz, Teresa, and Donald Kingsbury (2022), Climate Action and Populism of the Left in Ecuador. Environmental Politics.
Kramarz, Teresa, Michael Mason, Lena Partzsch (2022), Proxy-led Accountability for Natural Resource Extraction in Rentier States. Environmental Politics.
Kramarz, Teresa (2021), Extractive Industry Disasters and Community Responses: A Typology of Vulnerable Subjects. Environmental Politics (31) 1.
Kramarz, Teresa, Susan Park and Craig Johnson (2021), Governing the Dark Side of Renewable Energy: A Typology of Global Displacements. Energy Research in the Social Sciences, 74
Park, Susan, Teresa Kramarz, Craig Johnson and Stacy VanDeveer (2019), Globalizing the Global Green New Deal:  Harmful Extractives in the Green Energy Shift, in The Green New Deal: Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy.  Public Administration Review Bully Pulpit Symposium.
Kingsbury, Donald, Teresa Kramarz, and Kyle Jacques (2019). Populism or Petrostate? The Afterlives of Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT Initiative. Society and Natural Resources, 32 (5).

Media Articles

Kramarz, Teresa, Susan Park, and Craig Johnson. Some Inconvenient Truths in the Race to a Renewable Energy Transition. The Hill Times, June 16, 2021
Kramarz, Teresa (2020). La vulnerabilidad y desigualdad que deja ver el COVID” Revista Ñ.  Diario Clarín. June 19, 2020
Kramarz, Teresa (2020). From Pandemic to Floods:  Inequality as a Comorbidity Global Americans. June 11, 2020
Kramarz, Teresa (2020). Parallel Lessons from COVID 19 and Climate Change The Hill Times. June 10, 2020 
Kramarz, Teresa (2019). Accountability for Climate Action in the Era of Greta Global Americans. October 3, 2019
Kramarz, Teresa (2019). Reasserting Proper Relationships of Accountability in the Age of Greta. The Conversation. September 29, 2019 
Kramarz, Teresa (2019). El Estado ya no Cuida el Planeta. Revista Ñ.  Diario Clarín. September 20, 2019
Kramarz, Teresa (2019). Acting on Climate while States Fail to Act Global Americans. September 17, 2019 
Kramarz, Teresa (2019). Those Women Who Cannot be Named, in International Women’s Day 2019: 10 Women Making Waves Globally. Open Canada. Centre for International Governance Innovation. March 7, 2019




Administrative Service

Co Chair of the United Nations Development Programme‘s Advisory Group on Energy Governance