Max van Deursen has a background in environmental science and global governance. He has a master’s degree in Climate Studies from Wageningen University with a specialization in climate policy and sustainable development diplomacy. Through engagement in several UN conferences as the Dutch youth representative to the UN and as an intern at the UNFCCC secretariat Max has first-hand experience with climate negotiations. He is one of two TRANSGOV (https://trans-gov.org/) PhDs, with a focus on assessing how participation in climate transparency arrangements relates to domestic climate action. He will also critically examine the workings of two key transparency mechanisms under the UNFCCC: the Enhanced Transparency Framework and the Global Stocktake.