Susan Park

Short CV

Susan Park is a Professor of Global Governance at the University of Sydney. Susan has a long standing commitment to Global Environmental Politics. Susan has two current research projects. The first looks at the global governance of the shift to renewable energy, particularly ‘gaps’ in governance around the lack of protective norms, and accountability ‘traps’ that emerge when we focus our attention of a few scheme to mitigate harm in global renewable supply chains. The second, examines if and how international grievance mechanisms operate to provide justice for communities harmed by international energy and development projects funded by multilateral development banks. Her previous work focused on how state and non-state actors use formal and informal influence to make the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and global governance greener and more accountable. Susan has published in numerous journals, most recently Environmental Politics. Her new book is Environmental Recourse at the Multilateral Development Banks (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Susan has co-edited special editions and books including Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap (2019, MIT Press with Dr. Teresa Kramarz). Susan is an Associate Editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics and is Co-Convenor with Dr. Teresa Kramarz (University of Toronto) of the Earth Systems Governance (ESG) Task Force ‘Accountability in Global Environmental Governance’.

Selected Awards

  • 2017-2018, Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) Fellowship, University of Sydney, $150,000 (one of twenty awarded University-wide).
  • 2014-2018, Awarded Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP140100868: “Multilateral Development Bank Accountability: Who Benefits?” $210,000
  • 2013, Brown Fellow, the University of Sydney, $60,000 (one of three awarded University-wide).
  • 2011, Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Grant to the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP), Central European University and European Commission E9,600 (declined).

Research Interests

Global environmental governance, constructivism, norms, multilateral development banks, accountability, renewable technology, mining

Selected Publications

  • Park, S & Vetterlein, A 2010, Owning Development: Creating Policy Norms in the IMF and the World Bank, Cambridge University Press.
  • Park, S 2005, ‘Norm Diffusion within International Organisations: A Case Study of the World Bank’, Journal of International Relations and Development, vol. 8, pp. 111-141.
  • Park, S., 2018, International Organisations and Global Problems: Theories and Explanations, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
  • Park, S., 2010, World Bank Group interactions with environmentalists: changing international organisation identities, Manchester, Manchester University Press.
  • Park, S 2006, ‘Theorizing Norm Diffusion Within International Organizations’, International Politics, vol. 43, pp. 342-361.
  • Park, S 2017, ‘Accountability as Justice for the Multilateral Development Banks? Borrower Opposition and Bank Avoidance to US Power and Influence’, Review of International Political Economy, vol. 24, pp. 776-801.
  • Kramarz, T & Park, S 2016, ‘Accountability in global environmental governance: A meaningful tool for action?’, Global Environmental Politics, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 1-21.
  • Park, S. 2015. Assessing Accountability in Practice: The Asian Development Bank’s Accountability Mechanism. Global Policy, 6 (4), 455-465.
  • Park, S 2014, ‘Institutional isomorphism and the Asian Development Bank’s accountability mechanism: something old, something new; something borrowed, something blue?’, The Pacific Review, vol. 27, pp. 217-239.
  • Park, S 2005, ‘How Transnational Environmental Advocacy Networks Socialise IFIs: A Case Study of the International Finance Corporation’, Global Environmental Politics, vol. 5, pp. 95-119

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Kramarz, Teresa; Park, Susan; Johnson, Craig: Governing the dark side of renewable energy: A typology of global displacements. Energy Research & Social Science 74, 2021, 101902 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Park, Susan: The role of the Sovereign state in 21st century environmental disasters. Environmental Politics, 2021, 1-20 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Park, Susan: Policy Norms, the Development Finance Regime Complex, and Holding the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to Account. Global Policy 12 (S4), 2021, 90-100 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )


  • Park, Susan: Environmental recourse at the multilateral development banks. Cambridge elements. Cambridge University Press, 2020 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )