Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Auld’s research focuses on environmental and natural resources policies, climate change policies, and private governance, particularly certification programs that set voluntary standards against which businesses can certify and potentially benefit from price premiums or market access. He has studied the development of private governance in various sectors, including forestry and fisheries, and different countries, including the United States and Canada, to understand why these programs have come to exist, how they operate, evolve, and differ across sectors, and why companies decide to adhere to their rules. His work on climate change examines policy approaches that may start small, but build momentum and deepen support to lead to larger impacts in the future. From 2009 to 2013, Auld worked for the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Earth Negotiations Bulletin Reporting Service, an initiative that provides real-time coverage of inter-governmental processes and agreements focused on the environment.