Michael Renner is a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute and serves as project director for the Instituteís annual Vital Signs publication, a compilation of critical global trends. Before joining Worldwatch in 1987, Renner 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). His research interests have focused on two areas. The first concerns peace, security and disarmament issues, particularly the link between environment, natural resources and violent conflict. The second concerns the relationship between environment and employment.
Renner is the author of numerous reports and articles. Among them are several Worldwatch Papers, including most recently The Anatomy of Resource Wars. He also has written a number of articles on the current Iraq crisis and has appeared on many radio and television programs, focusing on oil as a key factor in the march toward war. Renner is the author of Fighting for Survival: Environmental Decline, Social Conflict, and the New Age of Insecurity. The book is an examination of the social and environmental stress factors that threaten to fracture societies and lead to violent conflict.
Born and raised in Germany, Renner is a cum laude graduate of the University of Amsterdam, and received a Masterís degree in international relations. He lives with his wife and two children on Long Island.