My research investigates the political economy of environmental policymaking in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the targeting and impact of foreign aid. I investigate when and why aid donors approve projects with a history of good performance, how participation by beneficiaries can improve the implementation of environmental policies and projects, when foreign aid catalyzes private sector investment in emerging technologies, and when externally-financed institution building in the environment sector persists over time, among other emerging research topics. I am completing the final stages of a book project that examines when and why member states and civil society groups can make the multilateral development banks, which manage approximately half of all international development finance, responsive to their past environmental performance.
Previously, Mark Buntaine was Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary. His research interests focused on the intersection of international relations, development assistance and the environment. With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Mark led a team of researchers who coded every World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and African Development Bank project and country evaluation completed since 1990 on a set of environmental performance indicators. Mark also has worked on natural resource management and conservation and development projects in a variety of countries, including China, Thailand, Laos, Australia and Ecuador.