Assistant Professor,
Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals


Areas of Expertise
BRICS and Emerging Markets, Civil Society, Climate Change, Comparative Politics, Development of International Law, Environment, Global Governance, Globalization, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Administration, International Development, International Financial and Trade Organizations, International Law, International Non-Governmental Organizations, International Organizations, International Trade, Multilateralism and Regimes, North-South Relations, Political Economy, Sustainable Development

Region of Focus
Europe, North America

Charles is an Assistant Professor and Beatriu de Pinós Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). His research explores the transformations occurring in our system of global governance and how these are shaping—for better or worse—our ability to address cross-border problems. Substantively, it focuses on informal and transnational institutions in the fields of climate change, international trade, finance, and antitrust.

Charles’s recent books include The Origins of Informality: Why the Legal Foundations of Global Governance are Shifting, and Why It Matters (OUP, 2020) and Transnational Climate Change Governance (CUP, 2014; coauthored with Harriet Bulkeley et al.). His research has also been published in journals like Global Policy, International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, and the Review of International Organizations.

Before joining IBEI, Charles was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. He has also worked with the United Nations and other organizations in various consulting roles, including as a member of the UN High-Level Expert Group on Climate Change, Energy and Low-Carbon Development in Africa and as a contributing author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Recent Publications

The Origins of Informality: Why the Legal Foundations of Global Governance are Shifting, and Why It Matters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Transnational Climate Change Governance (co-authored with Harriet Bulkeley, Liliana Andonova, Michele Betsill, Daniel Compagnon, Matthew Hoffmann, Peter Newell, Matthew Paterson, and Stacy VanDeveer). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Three Models of Global Climate Governance: From Kyoto to Paris and Beyond” (with David Held). Global Policy, 9(4), 2018.

“National Policy and Transnational Governance of Climate Change: Substitutes or Complements?” (with Liliana Andonova and Thomas Hale). International Studies Quarterly, 61(2), 2017.

“The Comparative Politics of Transnational Climate Governance” (with Liliana Andonova and Thomas Hale). International Interactions, 43(1), 2017.

“The Rise of Transnational Governance as a Field of Study” (with Peter Dauvergne). International Studies Review, 18(3), 2016.

“Africa in the Global Climate Change Negotiations” (with Satishkumar Belliethathan). International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 16(1), 2016.

“Orchestration and Transnational Climate Governance” (with Thomas Hale), The Review of International Organizations, 9(1), 2014.

“Private Authority” (with Peter Dauvergne). International Studies Review, 15(4), 2013.