David Kanter

David Kanter
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

01/09/2021 - 30/06/2022

discipline

Sciences de la terre, de l’environnement et du climat

Fonction d’origine

Associate Professor

Institution d’origine

New York University

pays d'origine

États-Unis

lien internet

projet de recherche

Governing Nutrient Pollution Beyond Farmers

The central objective of this project is to develop and evaluate a new governance framework for agricultural nutrient pollution in the EU. Agricultural nutrient pollution – the loss of nitrogen and phosphorus to the environment via the oversupply of fertilizer and manure – is one of the most important environmental issues facing the EU and the world. And yet policies to address it, even in relatively robust regulatory systems such as the EU, are largely ineffective. This is due to a singular fixation on farmers, which ignores their immense political power and the practical difficulties of implementing policies across tens of millions of hectares, coupled with the cultural and economic factors that motivate farmer-decision making.

 

This project moves beyond a narrow legal focus on farmers by introducing a novel whole-of-systems approach to nutrient pollution policy, because farmers are part of a large and complex agri-food system made up of actors up- and downstream of the farm whose choices, products, and expectations significantly shape their decision-making. Focusing legal interventions on these non-farmer actors – that are also more limited in number, facilitating implementation – could therefore significantly influence farm-level nutrient management decisions. This would transform an intractable nonpoint source pollution problem into a series of more manageable point source approaches focused on a limited number of actors and activities.

biographie

David Kanter is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University and Vice-Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative. His research examines new policy options for addressing nitrogen pollution and how to manage the transition to a global food system consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Prior to his current position, David was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He received his BSc in Chemistry and Law from the University of Bristol in the UK and his MA and PhD in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

 

The fundamental focus of his work is the balance between feeding 10 billion people by 2050 and the myriad environmental threats that could be exacerbated by doing so. More specifically, his research uses a multi-method approach to study the potential economic and environmental impacts of new policy options to address nutrient pollution, and backcasting and trade-off analysis to help stakeholders make more informed decisions that accelerate the transition to sustainable agricultural systems.