Author page for Tariq Banuri


Tariq Banuri
Tariq Banuri is an Associate Fellow at Tellus Institute and Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah. He served most recently as the Director of the UN Division for Sustainable Development. Earlier, he had been instrumental in the design of a number of institutions and networks on sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI); the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP); the Asia Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI); the UN Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in Inchon, South Korea; the Ring Alliance; the Sustainable Mekong Research Network; the Human Development Foundation of North America; and the Great Transition Initiative.

He has served on national as well as international forums for policy and research, including as Coordinating Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), member of the United Nations’ Committee on Development Policy (CDP), member of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Council, member of the board of governors of Pakistan’s central bank, member/secretary of the Presidential Committee on Higher Education, and Chair of IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP).

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.


Tellus Publications (Selected)


Global Public Policy Networks: An Emerging Innovation in Policy Development and Application

Tariq Banuri, Erika Spanger-Siegfried

The 1990s saw an expansion of dialogue around environmental issues, an increasing concentration of market power, and an explosion of information and communication technology into the mainstream. The combination of these factors created a backdrop for the emergence of a key global public policy network—the Global Reporting Initiative—in which the free-flow of information and the rapidity of communication enabled interested parties to scrutinize corporate activities much more closely, while also providing incentives to these businesses for voluntary disclosure.

Civic Entrepreneurship: A Civil Society Perspective on Sustainable Development. Vol. 1: Global Synthesis

Tariq Banuri, Adil Najam

Civic Entrepreneurship: A Civil Society Perspective on Sustainable Development celebrates the impact civil society has had on actualizing sustainable development, with over one hundred successful examples worldwide. It is based on the premise that in today’s world, it is not only the past that determines what is and what shall be, but rather that the trends of the present can rewrite the history of what may be. In exploring this premise, the series attempts to understand what has worked for sustainable development, and thus what needs to be built upon to shape a future we want to see.

Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead

Paul Raskin, Tariq Banuri, Gilberto Gallopín, Al Hammond, Rob Swart, Robert Kates, Pablo Gutman

The planetary phase of history has begun, but the future shape of global society remains profoundly uncertain. Though perhaps improbable, a shift toward a planetary civilization of enriched lives, human solidarity, and environmental sustainability is still possible. This treatise examines the historic roots of this fateful crossroads, analyzes alternative scenarios that can emerge from contemporary forces and contradictions, and points to strategies and choices for advancing a Great Transition. It synthesizes the insights of the Global Scenario Group, convened in 1995 by the Tellus Institute and Stockholm Environment Institute to explore the requirements for a sustainable and desirable future.