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Charles Roger

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Ramón y Cajal Associate Professor


Charles Roger is an Associate Professor and Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). His research explores the transformations occurring in our system of global governance and how these are reshaping our ability to address cross-border problems. Substantively, it has been concerned with the dynamics of formal, informal, and transnational institutions operating in the fields of climate change, international trade, global finance, and antitrust.

Charles is the author of The Origins of Informality: Why the Legal Foundations of Global Governance are Shifting, and Why It Matters (Oxford University Press, 2020) and a co-author of Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which was named runner-up for the International Studies Association’s Harold and Margaret Sprout Award in 2015. His research has also been published in a range of academic journals, including Global Environmental PoliticsInternational InteractionsInternational Studies QuarterlyJournal of Conflict Resolution, and Review of International Organisations.

In addition to being a co-convenor of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance, Charles is a co-editor (with Prof. Maryam Deloffre) of the Frontiers of Global Governance book series published by McGill-Queens University Press. Finally, he has also worked with the United Nations and other organizations in various roles, including as a member of the UN High-Level Expert Group on Climate Change, Energy and Low-Carbon Development and as a contributing author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Background and education

  • (2016) PhD, University of British Columbia
  • (2008) MSc, London School of Economics
  • (2007) BA, Concordia University


  • 2022. Ramón y Cajal Fellowship
  • 2019Beatriu de Pinós Fellowship
  • 2014. Runner-up, Harold and Margaret Sprout Award, International Studies Association


Research interests

  • Global governance
  • International Organizations
  • International Law
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • International Political Economy

Selected publications

  • Roger, Charles; Snidal, Duncan; Vabulas, Felicity

    2023.The importance of rational institutionalism in the analysis of informal international institutions.International Politics,LinkLogo open access
  • Farias, Deborah; Roger, Charles

    2023.Differentiation in Environmental Treatymaking: Measuring Provisions and How They Reshape the Depth-Participation Dilemma.Global Environmental Politics,23(1)LinkLogo open access
  • Roger, Charles; Rowan, Sam

    2023.The New Terrain of Global Governance: Mapping Membership in Informal International Organizations.Journal of Conflict Resolution,LinkLogo open access
  • Roger, CharlesJordana, JacintHolesch, Adam; Schmitt, Lewin

    2022.Global Governance Research. Exploring Patterns of Growth, Diversity, and Inclusion.Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations,28(4):486-508LinkLogo open access
  • Roger, Charles.2022.The coral reefs of global governance: how formal IOs make informality work.Journal of European Integration,44:5:657-675. DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2022.2068540LinkLogo open access
  • Allan, Jen Iris; Roger, Charles; Hale, Thomas N; Bernstein, Steven; Tiberghien, Yves; Balme, Richard

    2021.Making the Paris Agreement: Historical Processes and the Drivers of Institutional Design.Political Studies,LinkLogo open access
  • Chan, Sander; Boran, Idil; vanAsselt, Harro; Ellinger, Paula; Garcia, Miriam; Hale, Thomas; Hermwille, Lukas; Mbeva, Kennedy; Mert, Ayşem; Roger, Charles; Weinfurter, Amy; Widerberg, Oscar; Bynoe, Paulette; Chengo, Victoria; Cherkaoui, Ayman; Edwards, Todd; Gütschow, Malin; Hsu, Angel; Hultman, Nathan; Levaï, David; Mihnar, Saffran; Posa, Sara; Roelfsema, Mark; Rudyk, Bryce; Scobie, Michelle; Kumar Shrivastava, Manish

    2021.Climate Ambition and Sustainable Development for a New Decade: A Catalytic Framework.Global Policy,12 (3)LinkLogo open access
  • Roger, Charles; Rowan, Sam S

    2021.Analyzing International Organizations: How the Concepts We Use Affect the Answers We Get.Review of International Organizations,LinkLogo open access
  • Roger, Charles.2020.The Origins of Informality: Why the Legal Foundation of Global Governance are Shifting, and Why It Matters.Oxford:Oxford University Press.Link
  • Held, David; Roger, Charles

    2018.Three Models of Global Climate Governance: From Kyoto to Paris and Beyond.Global Policy,9(4):527-537LinkLogo open access
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