PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Casey Stevens joined the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in October 2013 as a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral fellow under the Sustainable Development Governance initiative. During his postdoctoral fellowship, Casey seeks to understand the evolution of governance institutions for sustainable development as they have developed in the past and continue to develop with current international governance efforts: including those related to biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development goals.
Casey received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he focused on the development of global biodiversity institutions and the mechanisms which made these institutions resilient in some cases to political disruptions. While at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst he instructed a number of political science courses including Globalization and Governance, World Politics, and Political Argumentation and Debate. Other teaching positions have included New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
His ongoing research interests pertain to issues of the evolution of international environmental institutions. Prior publications have focused both on the role of science in these evolutionary pathways and the particular challenges for institutional development in multilevel political settings. His focus at UNU-IAS will include studies of the particular pathways for development of biodiversity institutions, climate change institutions, and the ongoing shift in the United Nations from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals. Other research interests include wider issues related to international governance, social network analysis and biodiversity norms. Other non-research interests include the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, desert hiking and historical fiction about places he’s never been to.