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Ms Prof. J. Gupta (1964) has been named Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Mw. prof. dr. (Joyeeta) Gupta

Joyeeta Gupta does research into the history of climate management, its implications for development issues and how these impact the South (i.e. developing countries). Her research focuses on three lines. The first line of research pertains to the connection between the environment and local to global development. In her second line of research, Gupta examines how changing geopolitics and communication patterns influence the relationships between countries with respect to environmental and development issues. Her third line of research involves analysing debates and dialogues in the areas of integration, cohesion, mainstreaming and the so-called nexus approach, a multi-faceted approach for dealing with the interconnected environmental and developmental challenges of the 21st century. The South plays a primary role in this, both as a unit in North-South relations and in its various components.


Since 2004, Gupta has held the position of professor of Climate Change Policy and Law at the Institute for Environmental Studies at the VU University Amsterdam (VU). Also, she was appointed professor of Water and Environmental Law and Policy at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft for one day in the week. After her studies at the University of Delhi, Gujarat University and Harvard Law School, Gupta’s first position in the Netherlands was at the Climate Change department of the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM). She has worked at VU University Amsterdam since 1993.


Gupta is lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007. Furthermore, she also serves as vice-chair of the Committee on Development Cooperation and is a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs and of the Supervisory Board of Oxfam Novib. Gupta is a member of scientific steering committees of international programmes, like the Global Water Systems Project and the Earth System Governance project. She is also editor-in-chief of International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics and sits on the editorial board of Carbon and Law ReviewInternational Journal on Sustainable Development and Environmental Science and Policy and other publications.


Gupta has published various books, such as The Climate Change Convention and Developing Countries - From Conflict to Consensus?, Environment and Policy Series (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1997) and Our Simmering Planet: What to do About Global Warming (Zed Publishers, London, 2001). Together with Joseph Dellapenna, she edited the book - The Evolution of the Law and Politics of Water (Springer, Dordrecht, 2009). Her book about forests, entitled Climate Change, Forests and REDD: Lessons for Institutional Design (Routledge, 2012) and co-authored by Nicolien Van der Grijp and Onno Kuik, has recently been published. She is currently working for Cambridge University Press on a book entitled The History of Global Climate Governance.