Co-Founder and Director of Environmental Governance Division:Co-creator of research institute at the interface between science and policymaking aiming to support and improve multilateral governance through provision of comprehensive, politically actionable scientific analysis and independent, project-based advice on issues related to effective and inclusive governance. Expected launch: Dec. 2010. Preliminary website: http://www.globalgovernance.eu/.
2009 – current
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (IISD)
Thematic Expert on Energy and Transport: Author of over 100 online pieces synthesizing climate related news and publications from the UN and other intergovernmental organizations in the areas of renewable energy and transportation. Articles can be accessed at www.climate-L.org.
2009 – current
Team leader: Structure, populate and manage multicultural teams producing daily synthesis and analysis of sensitive international environmental and development negotiations and conferences. Reports can be accessed at www.iisd.ca.
2008 – current
Writer: Synthesize and provide analysis of international negotiations and conferences.
2006 – 2007
UNIVERSITY OF KASSEL
Research associate in development economics department: Masters and bachelors economics instruction (see below); assist in grant writing, conference planning, and curriculum development.
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN
Internship: Assisted in organizing international conference “Blind Spots of Global Climate Governace” at the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
SHORT TERM CONSULTANCIES
FAO Bioenergy Legislative Study: Commissioned to write report analyzing Brazilian bioenergy legislation and policy.
European Parliament study: Commissioned to write environmental section of report analyzing use and effectiveness of social and environmental norms within Free Trade Agreements.
2007 - 7/2011 (expected)
Doctoral Candidate: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) & University of Kassel, Germany.
Dissertation topic: A comparative political economic analysis of support for first generation biofuels programs in Brazil, the EU, and USA in the wake of the “food versus fuel“ controversy. Supervisor: Profs. Christoph Scherrer & Christoph Görg.
2004 - 2006
Master of Arts(Magna cum laude) in Global Political Economy. University of Kassel, Germany. Specializations:
Trade and the environment
Global environmental governance
Paralegal certification in New York State. University at Buffalo, New York, USA
1999 - 2003
Bachelor’s degree (Cum laude) University at Buffalo, New York, USA. Majors:
Legal Studies (environmental law)
Political Science (European politics)
History (conflict studies)
Political economy of renewable energy
Trade and the environment
Science policy interface
Grants & Awards
2007 - 2010
Doctoral funding through the Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research (HIGRADE), including support for a five month research stay at the State University of Campinas in Brazil to study biofuels governance (46,500€).
Field research grant to India for master’s thesis work from the Nexus Institute Berlin and German Ministry for Education and Research project: “Sustainable Hyderabad: Megacity of Tomorrow.”
Awarded membership in the Phi Alpha Theta and the Phi Beta KappaU.S. honor societies for excellence in the social sciences.
Peer reviewed journal articles and report contributions
Leopold, Aaron (forthcoming, 2011) The changing Constellation of Power and Resistance in the Global Debate over Agrofuels. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. Vol. 24:2, pp. xx-xx.
Leopold, A. and Aguilar, S. (2009) “Brazil.”in E. Morgera, K. Kulovesi and A. Gobena (2009) Case Studies on Bioenergy Policy and Law: Options for Sustainability. FAO Legislative Study 102. FAO Rome. Available at: http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/i1285e/i1285e00.htm
Leopold, A. (2010) “(De)Constructing a Sustainable Agrofuel” Paper prepared for the 2nd Annual International Power & Knowledge Conference. Tampere, Finland,6-8 September 8 2010.
Leopold, A. (2009). “The changing constellation of power and resistance in the global debate over agrofuels” Paper prepared for the 4th annual conference of the GARNET network on ‘Food Security and Sustainable Development: Challenges for the Governance of International Relations.‘ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Rome, Italy, 11-13 November 2009. Available at: http://www.idra.it/garnetpapers/I01Aaron_Leopold.pdf
Leopold, A. (2009). “Agrofuels: discursive shifts and discursive rifts over time and space.” Paper prepared for the 4th Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference “Discourse and Power in Critical Policy Studies” 25-27 June 2009, University of Kassel, Germany.
Leopold, A. (2007). “Neighbors in the ‘North’: A critical perspective of Europe’s changing trade relationship with Sub-Saharan Africa”Paper prepared for symposium “Agricultural Trade Between the EU and Sub-Saharan Africa: Development Opportunity or Additional Dependence?” 9 May 2007, University of Kassel, Germany.
Selected coverage of international negotiations and events for IISD
Leopold, A., M. Muñoz, E. Recio, A Schulz, C. Spence (2010). “Summary Report and Analysis of the Bonn Climate Change Talks.”Vol. 12, No. 478. 9 August 2010. Available at: http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ccwg11/
Aguilar, S., P. Barrios, A. Leopold, W. McPherson, L. Russo (2009). “Summary Report of the XIIIth World Forestry Congress.” Vol. 10, No. 18. 26 October 2009. Available at: http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/forest/wfc13/
Fredvik, B., A. Leopold, S. Shaw (2009). “A Summary Report of the Global Renewable Energy Forum “Scaling up Renewable Energy.”Vol. 128, No. 3. 12 October 2009. Available at: http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/energy/greb2009/
Leopold, A. (2009). “International Policy Dialogue on Financing the Climate Agenda: the Development Perspective.”20 March 2009. Available at: http://www.iisd.ca/climate/sdcdb/
Leopold, A., L. Mead (2009). “Summary of the Third International Workshop on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change.” Vol. 135, No. 2. 27 February 2009. available at: http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/sdcab/
Leopold, A. (2006). “Governing the (Ab)Use of a Dwindling Resource: the Water of Hyderabad, India.Master’s thesis written within the framework of German Ministry for Education and Research project: Sustainable Hyderabad: Megacity of Tomorrow.