About me

Sander Chan, PhD, is a political scientist specialising in transnational climate action and global environmental politics. He is senior researcher at the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and adjunct assistant professor at the Copernicus institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University. His research areas include: public-private partnerships, sustainable development, orchestration of transnational action, and corporate voluntary environmental behaviour.

Sander is a steering committee member of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, a network of experts that facilitates a series of open dialogues, aiming to bring the groundswell of climate actions from cities, regions, companies, and other groups to a higher level of scale and ambition.

Sander obtained his PhD from VU University Amsterdam (2014), authoring his thesis on the emergence and effectiveness of Partnerships for Sustainable Development in global and local implementation.


climate policy & sustainability researcher – advisor – activist