Michael Renner

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.

Renner 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, he 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, Renner 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).

In addition to publishing two books, Renner'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 PaĆ­s, and Frankfurter Rundschau. He has appeared on radio and television programs including the BBC, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and others.

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OCT 16, 2008 Podcast

Green Jobs

A panel including Peter Poschen, International Labour Organization and Michael Renner, Worldwatch Institute, discuss the new report "Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, ...