Dr. Oran Young is research professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of the Environment at Nanjing University in China and was Professor II at the University of Tromsø (Norway). His research focuses on theories of environmental governance with applications to climate change, marine systems, and the polar regions. Dr. Young served for six years as founding chair of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the US National Academy of Sciences, and he chaired the Scientific Steering Committee of the international project on the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC). He was a founding co-chair of the Global Carbon Project and from 2005 to 2010 chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. He is the author of more than 20 books. His recent books include Institutional Dynamics: Emergent Patterns in International Environmental Governance (2010) and On Environmental Governance: Sustainability, Efficiency, and Equity (2013).