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Michael Renner is a Senior Advisor of IES and member of the IES Advisory Council. He has participated in many IES activities since the founding of the Institute.
Michael is a Senior Researcher at the Worldwatch Institute, which he joined in 1987. His work has been motivated by a desire to understand the forces that drive our complex, fascinating world and to use his research and writing talents to ensure that Earth will remain a habitable place not just for his two (grown) children but for all those who share this fragile planet in the next generation.
Prior to joining Worldwatch in 1987, Michael was a Corliss Lamont Fellow at Columbia University, and a research associate at the World Policy Institute in New York City. Born and raised in Germany, Michael received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Konstanz in southern Germany, and a Master's degree in international relations from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He spent a year as an intern at the UN Center on Transnational Corporations in 1979-80.
Michael's writing has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique, El Pais, and Frankfurter Rundschau. He has appeared on radio and television programs including the BBC, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, and others. He has addressed a broad variety of audiences, including high- and mid-level policy-makers, business and labor groups, academic settings, and broad public audiences.Back to people page