Sofie Bouteligier

Sofie was a visiting fellow at CLI the co-editor of the Palgrave sersies Cities and the Global Politics of the Environment.


Sofie conducted her PhD research at the Global Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development Research Group of Kuleuven, Belgium and was a postdoc researcher at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands.


She is currently an associate fellow of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. She is the author of Cities, Networks, and Global Environmental Governance. Spaces of Innovation, Places of Leadership (Routledge, 2012). Through analysis of city networks, this study examines theories of the network society and global cities from a global ecology perspective. Through direct observation and interviews and using two types of city networks that have been treated separately in the literature, the structure and logic pertaining to city networks are discovered. In doing so, the ways in which cities fulfill the role of strategic sites of global environmental governance, concentrating knowledge, infrastructure, and institutions vital to the function of transnational actors are demonstrated.