Speaker Bios

staff-karthaSivan Kartha

Sivan Kartha is a Senior Scientist at the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) and co-leader of the institute-wide research theme Reducing Climate Risk. His research and publications for the past 20 years have focused on technological options and policy strategies for addressing climate change, and he has concentrated most recently on equity and efficiency in the design of an international climate regime.

His most recent work has involved the elaboration of the Greenhouse Development Rights approach to burden-sharing in the global climate regime – an approach that places the urgency of the climate crisis in the context of the equally dire development crisis afflicting the world’s poor majority.

Dr. Kartha has also worked on mitigation scenarios, market mechanisms for climate actions, and the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of biomass energy. His work has enabled him to advise and collaborate with diverse organizations, including the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), various UN and World Bank programs, numerous government policy-making bodies and agencies, foundations, and civil society organizations throughout the developing and industrialized world.

He is an author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (Working Group III), co-leading the chapter on Sustainable Development and Equity. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University in 1993.

Brian_bBrian Roach

Brian is a Senior Research Associate of Tufts’ Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE).  His background is primarily in natural resource economics, but his research interests also include economic inequality, tax policy, consumerism, and corporate power.  He is a co-author on four economics texts, including Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach and Principles of Economics in Context.  Dr. Roach teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Tufts and also teaches in the Sustainable International Development graduate program at Brandeis University.  He obtained a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Economics from Penn State and a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy Analysis from the University of California, Davis. 

FBV6F43EI4Penn Loh

Penn Loh is Lecturer and Director of the Master in Public Policy Program and Community Practice at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. From 1996 to 2009, he served in various roles, including Executive Director since 1999, at Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a Roxbury-based environmental justice group. He holds an M.S. in environmental science and policy from Energy and Resources Group of the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in electrical engineering from MIT. Before joining ACE, he was Research Associate at the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California and a Research Analyst at the Tellus Institute for Resource and Environmental Strategies in Boston. He has published broadly on environmental and social justice issues. He has served on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council’s Health and Research Subcommittee, the Massachusetts Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, and on the boards of the Environmental Support Center, the Environmental Leadership Program, New World Foundation, and Community Labor United. He is currently a trustee of the Hyams Foundation and member of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board.

Antje-HeadshotAntje Danielson

Antje is the Administrative Director at TIE as well as the graduate interdisciplinary Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program. She came to Tufts from Durham University (UK), where she served as the Deputy Director for Sustainability, in May 2008. Previously, she worked with the Harvard Green Campus Initiative. A long-time resident of Cambridge, Mass, Antje also co-founded the innovative carsharing company Zipcar. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology from Free University, Berlin.

SONY DSCRegina Raboin 

Regina is the Data Management Services Coordinator and Science, Community Health, Environmental Studies, and Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning research and instruction librarian in the Digital Media Lab at Tisch Library, Tufts University. Working with Tufts Arts & Sciences Research Affairs Department, she leads a team of Tisch librarians who assist Tufts AS&E faculty with NSF and Digital NEH grants data management plans. Regina is on the editorial board for the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians, and is a reviewer for the Journal of e-Science Librarianship. She has presented on STEM resources and information literacy at Computers in Libraries, ALA-ACRL STS, and ACRL New England NELIG. Alongside colleague Laurie Sabol, Coordinator of Library Instruction at Tisch Library, she co-teaches Research for Success: Using the Library for Thesis and Capstone Projects, a credit-bearing research methods class. Regina will be retiring from Tufts after the 2014-2015 school year and we are lucky to have her participate again in TELI-G this year before she leaves. 

profKyle Monahan

Kyle currently works at Tufts University in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Deptartment with Dr. Daniele Lantange and is also a Water Diplomacy NSF IGERT Fellow. In general he’s interested in working on sustainable water treatment at the intersection of practical engineering concerns and novel chemical removal techniques. Currently he is working on refining both models and methods for ceramic water filter technologies.

Previously, Kyle completed his MS degree at Clarkson University in applied remediation technologies with Dr. Michelle Crimi. His work aimed to increase aqueous arsenic removal using ceramic water filters made with sustainably sourced reactive materials.

He enjoys relating complex concepts in environmental science and engineering using statistics and graphics through the lens of psychology to make the results easier for anyone to understand. He believes that societal dynamics and systems models are very important to the success of his projects.

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