Mark Purdon is an expert in the emerging field of comparative environmental politics, which combines elements of comparative politics, public policy and international relations. Currently a visitng researcher at the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal, Mark is particularly interested in the relationship between climate change policy and political economy, with extensive experience in the developing world. His objective is to build a bottom-up understanding of global climate change politics through rich, contextualized comparative research as well as rethinking international relations theory to better accommodate domestic politics and public policy. A examplary publication is his introduction to the 2015 special issue of the leading journal Global Environmental Politics entitled "The Turn in Comparative Politics Climate Change".
Mark earned a PhD in political science at the University of Toronto in 2013 and completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the London School of Economics in 2014. His PhD represents one of the only empirical studies of the effectiveness of carbon offset projects operating under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union; his LSE postdoctoral research has extended this line of investigation towards new climate finance instruments including REDD+, NAMAs and climate change adaptation. Extensive fieldwork for this research has been undertaken in Tanzania, Uganda and Moldova over the period 2009-2014. Certain elements of this research have appeared in World Development, and he is currently finalizing book manuscript on the effectiveness of international climate finance instruments. Other recent elements of Mark's research include the international politics of climate finance as well as the political economy of the nascent North America carbon market established between California and Quebec. With a critical eye to the UN climate change regime, Mark believes it is important to understand the domestic and international dimensions of what has rapidly become the largest carbon market in North America.
In addition to work above, Mark has published in the Journal of International Relations and Development, Environmental Science and Policy, Journal of Agricultural and Research Ethics, Forest Ecology and Management, Environment, Development and Sustainability as well as a number of book chapters, including chapters in EfD's 2014 book Forest Tenure Refrom in Asia and Africa.