Michael Renner

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Michael Renner serves as project director for the Worldwatch Institute’s "annual Vital Signs publication. In addition to his duties at Worldwatch, he is also a member of the Global Policy Forum Board, the Hague Appeal for Peace International Advisory Board, and the International Advisory Group of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (Sweden).

"His book, Fighting for Survival: Environmental Decline, Social Conflict, and the New Age of Insecurity, is one of the most frequently-cited sources in the literature on redefining security. Michael is co-author of A Tale of Two Markets: Trade in Arms and Environmental Technologies (with Miriam Pemberton) and contributing author to World Security: Challenges for a New Century (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998). His work has also been published by the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament and the Bonn International Center for Conversion.

"Before joining Worldwatch in 1987, Michael was a Corliss Lamont Fellow in Economic Conversion at Columbia University (1986-87) and a research associate at the World Policy Institute in New York City (1984-86).

"Michael was born and raised in Germany. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he received a Master's degree in international relations. He lives with his wife and two children on Long Island, New York." [1]

Selected Publications

  • The Anatomy of Resource Wars, Worldwatch Paper 162, October 2002.
  • Working for the Environment: A Growing Source of Jobs, Worldwatch Paper 152, September 2000.
  • Ending Violent Conflict, Worldwatch Paper 146, April 1999.
  • Small Arms, Big Impact: The Next Challenge of Disarmament, Worldwatch Paper 137, October 1997.
  • Fighting for Survival: Environmental Decline, Social Conflict, and the New Age of Insecurity, W.W. Norton, 1996.
  • Regular contributions to State of the World and Vital Signs

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Michael Renner - Senior Researcher - Director, Global Security Project, Worldwatch Institute, accessed September 11, 2007.
  2. Who, Global Action to Prevent War, accessed July 8, 2007.
  3. Patrons and Advisors, Oxford Research Group, accessed April 6, 2010.