My scholarship is informed by ten years of direct field experience in international development. I developed, monitored and evaluated international development projects, and global initiatives with the United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization and the Canadian International Development Agency. I lived and worked throughout most of Central and South America.
This first-hand experience has provided me a valuable vantage point to analyze the constituting of global governance through the lens of international organizations, and experiences of beneficiaries on the ground.
Current Research Projects
The People’s Oil? Extractivism, Populism, and Environmental Futures in Latin America (with donald kingsbury, university of toronto)
This project analyzes the reduced policy space for environmental governance in extractive states, the impact of populist governments, and opportunities for climate action from state and non-state actors in Latin America. Although the phenomenon of populism is often portrayed as a driver of poor environmental governance, we identify it instead as an intervening variable at best - and one that emerges as a response to the democratic accountability deficits that characterize extractive states. We examine how extractive states are oriented by a colonial and export-oriented logic. This logic regulates state- society relationships and circumscribes avenues for local stakeholders to hold public officials and extractive industries to account for environmental and human impacts.
Accountability in Global Environmental Governance (with Susan Park, University of Sydney).
The system of global environmental governance has been riddled by fragmentation and duplication of efforts, dispersed political authority and weak regulatory influence. The inefficiency of the system has been matched by a growing concern over the future provision of global public goods. A research network launched by Teresa Kramarz and Susan Park explores approaches to accountability to assess the necessity and potential for greater accountability in the system. To view the website for this research program click here
Think Globally, Act Locally? Accounting for the Local Costs of Global Environmental Benefits.
Using Ecuador and Argentina as my case studies, I take up the question of rational action in governing global public goods by analyzing why states sometimes agree to pay local costs for securing global public goods, such as mitigating climate change and protecting biodiversity.
Transatlantic Varieties of IR: Domestic Experience and the Study of the International (with Patricia Greve, University of Toronto).
We have constructed a database of publication patterns from 10 leading IR journals over the last 20 years presenting an empirical picture that suggests that European and American scholars focus, among other things, on divergent actors, geographic scales, and topics of study. We suggest that academics' domestic experience (with state‐society relations, institutions, and traditions, for example) socializes them into particular understandings of politics (with Patricia Greve).
Assessment of First Year Programs' Impact on Academic Engagement
The past decade has seen Canadian colleges and universities, belatedly, focussing more time, attention and resources on the first year experience. This research provides a baseline that can serve as the foundation for future and ongoing longitudinal studies to assess cumulative, long term and spill over effects of a first year program in qualitative and qualitative terms.
Special Issues Editor:
Kramarz, Teresa and Susan Park (2017). “Accountability and Environmental Politics,” Review of Policy Research 34 (1).
Park, Susan and Teresa Kramarz (2016). “Accountability in Global Environmental Governance,” Global Environmental Politics 16 (2).
Park, Susan and Teresa Kramarz (2019). “Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap.” Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Kingsbury, Donald, Teresa Kramarz and Kyle Jacques (2018). “Populism or Petrostate? The Afterlives of Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT Initiative.” Society and Natural Resources
Kramarz, Teresa (2018). “Using the Courts to Protect the Environment in Argentina: Accountability Pitfalls When Judges Have the Last Word.” Case Studies in the Environment.
Kramarz, Teresa and Susan Park (2017). “The Politics of Environmental Accountability.” Review of Policy Research, 34 (1).
Kramarz, Teresa, David Cosolo and Alejandro Rossi (2017). “The Judicialization of Environmental Policy and the Decline of Democratic Accountability.” Review of Policy Research, 34 (1).
Kramarz, Teresa and Susan Park (2016). “Accountability in Global Environmental Governance: A Meaningful Tool for Action? Global Environmental Politics, 16 (2).
Kramarz, Teresa (2015). “World Bank Partnerships and the Promise of Democratic Governance,” Environmental Policy and Governance, 26 (1).
Kramarz, Teresa and Bessma Momani (2013). “The World Bank as Knowledge Bank: Analyzing the Limits of a Legitimate Global Knowledge Actor.” Review of Policy Research,30 (4)
Kramarz, Teresa (2008). “International Organizations and Public-Private Partnerships for Biodiversity Conservation: From Policy Entrepreneurs to Norm Entrepreneurs?” In Global Tensions Global Possibilities: Everyday Forces of Conformity and Contestation. Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, Globalization Working Paper Series, 8 (2).
Kramarz, Teresa and Susan Park (2019), “Identifying Multiple Accountabilities in Global Environmental Governance,” in Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap, edited by Susan Park and Teresa Kramarz, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Park, Susan and Teresa Kramarz. (2019) “Does Accountability Matter for Global Environmental Governance?”in Global Environmental Governance and the Accountability Trap, edited by Susan Park and Teresa Kramarz, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Kramarz, Teresa and Bessma Momani (2018) “Knowledge and Learning in the World Bank: Assessing the Role, Challenges and Prospects for a More Accountable IFI,” in John Kirton and Marina Larionova (editors), Accountability for Effectiveness in Global Summit Governance, Global Governance Series. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing.
Kramarz, Teresa (2012). “Partnerships in Global Environmental Governance: The Growth of a Procedural Norm without Substance” in Roldan Muradian and Laura Rival (editors), Governing the Provision of Ecosystem Services. New York: Springer.
Kramarz, Teresa (2017). "Global Classrooms: A Fellowship Project." Center for Teaching Support and Innovation, University of Toronto.
Kramarz, Teresa and Jeff Burrows (2014). “Woodsworth One: Assessment of a First-Year Program’s Impact on Academic Engagement.” Program Evaluation for Woodsworth College and the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto.
Kramarz, Teresa, Ben Donato-Woodger, and Kristen Pue (2014). “Accountability in Global Environmental Governance.” Workshop Report. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto. Available at: http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/publication/kramarz-teresa-accountability-global-environmental-governance. [Accessed: 9 June 2014].
Popular Press/Media Articles:
Kramarz, Teresa (2018). “Cine Político: Reconstrucción de la Mirada Indígena.” Revista Ñ. Diario Clarín. Available at https://www.clarin.com/revista-enie/ideas/reconstruccion-mirada-indigena_0_3R-klwW1h.html October 10, 2018 [Accessed October 12, 2018]
Kramarz, Teresa (2018). “Birds of Passage: A new film sheds light on how narcotics have affected indigenous communities in Latin America.” Global Americans. Available at: https://theglobalamericans.org/2018/09/birds-of-passage-a-new-film-sheds-light-on-how-narcotics-have-affected-indigenous-communities-in-latin-america/September 28, 2018 [Accessed September 28, 2018]
Kramarz, Teresa (2017). "En los Peores Tiempos de la Agresion Sexual." Revista Ñ. Diario Clarin. Available at: https://www.clarin.com/revista-enie/ideas/peores-tiempos-agresion-sexual_0_ByjBqY2WM.html December 12, 2017 [Accessed December 11, 2017]
Kramarz, Teresa (2017). "A Year of Contradictions on the Treatment of Women." Policy Options. Institute for Research on Public policy. Available at: http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/december-2017/a-year-of-contradictions-on-the-treatment-of-women/ December 6, 2017 [Accessed December 6, 2017]
Kramarz, Teresa (2017). “A Year of Contradictions on the Treatment of Women.” Global Americans. Available at: https://theglobalamericans.org/2017/11/year-contradictions-treatment-women/ November 29, 2017 [Accessed November 30, 2017]
Kramarz, Teresa (2017). “Trump Levanto la Temperatura del Planeta.” Revista Ñ. Diario Clarin. Available at https://www.clarin.com/revista-n/ideas/trump-levanto-temperatura-planeta_0_HyHmMP3z-.html June 12, 2017 [Accessed June 17, 2017]
Kramarz, Teresa (2017). “Protecting the Environment Without the U.S.” Latin America Goes Global. Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Available at http://latinamericagoesglobal.org/2017/06/protecting-environment-without-u-s/ June 4, 2017, [Accessed June 17, 2017]
Kramarz, Teresa and Kourosh Houshmand (2017). “Academic Incubators Can Do Much More than Create Marketable Products.” University Affairs. Available at http://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/academic-incubators-can-much-create-marketable-products/ February 3, 2017, [Accessed February 4, 2017]
Kramarz, Teresa (2016). “Was 2016 a Wake Up Call for the Normalization of Gender Violence Across the Americas? Open Canada. Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Canadian International Council and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. Available at https://www.opencanada.org/features/was-2016-wake-call-normalization-gender-violence-across-americas/ December 12, [Accessed 12 December 2016]
Kramarz, Teresa (2016). “The Price of Normalizing Gender Violence.” Latin America Goes Global. Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Available at http://latinamericagoesglobal.org/2016/12/price-normalizing-gender-violence/ December 9, [Accessed 9 December 2016]
Kramarz, Teresa (2016). “Para la Ley, Dañar la Naturaleza es Delito.” Revista Ñ. Diario Clarin. Available at http://www.revistaenie.clarin.com/ideas/ecologia-ley-danar-naturaleza-delito_0_1677432388.html November 1, [Accessed 14 November 2016]
Kramarz, Teresa. (2016). “When Courts Go Green.” Latin America Goes Global. Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Available at http://latinamericagoesglobal.org/2016/10/5145/ October 20, [Accessed 30 October 2016]
Kramarz, Teresa (2016). “Making Climate Agreements Accountable to the World's Most Vulnerable Communities.” Open Canada. Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Canadian International Council and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. Available at https://www.opencanada.org/features/making-climate-agreements-accountable-worlds-most-vulnerable-communities April 6, [Accessed 7 April 2016]
Kramarz, Teresa (2013). “Order & Disorder: Update from the First Cohort” Window on Woodsworth, Vol. 9.03.
Kramarz, Teresa (2012). “Successful Launch of the Woodsworth ONE Program” Woodsworth College, University of Toronto. Available at: http://www.wdw.utoronto.ca/index.php/news/successful_launch_of_the_woodsworth_one_program [Accessed: 30 April 2013].
Kramarz, Teresa (2003). “The End of Vigorous Debate” Op-Ed Page, The Journal News, April 28.
Kramarz, Teresa (2003). “Democratic Awakening” Op-Ed Page, Buenos Aires Herald, April 19.
Kramarz, Teresa (2003). “Child Care Subsidy Process for Daycare Moms” White Plains Citizen Net Reporter, March 10.
Kramarz, Teresa (2003). “Grace Church Leaders on Impact of Faith-Based Initiative Legislation” White Plains Citizen Net Reporter, February 20.
Kramarz, Teresa (2002). “Workers Defend their Rights” El Aguila (5) 11.
Kramarz, Teresa (2002). “Rising Hispanic Business Mirrors Fast Growing Population” El Aguila (5) 10.