Mark Elder

Director of Research and Publications, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies


Mark Elder is Director of Research and Publications at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan. He has co-authored several publications on SDGs including a book, Realising the Transformative Potential of the SDGs; reports Assessment of the G20 Countries’ Concrete SDG Implementation Efforts, and Assessment of ASEAN Countries’ Concrete SDG Implementation Efforts; peer reviewed articles “An Optimistic Analysis of the Means of Implementation for Sustainable Development Goals: Thinking about Goals as Means” in Sustainability and “The Design of Environmental Priorities in the SDGs” in Global Policy; a policy brief on “Strengthening the Linkages between Air Pollution and the Sustainable Development Goals;” and Chapter 20 of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6). He received a Ph.D. in political science from the Department of Government, Harvard University.