Program Administration

Executive Faculty Committee

The administrative structure of the Water Diplomacy program is designed to facilitate implementation of the program elements, develop PhD requirements, encourage mutually productive departmental and interdisciplinary affiliations, and establish a fair allocation of resources. The program is managed by the IGERT Program Committee (IPC), composed of five principal investigators. The committee is responsible for all decisions affecting the structure or implementation of the program, including accepting students into the IGERT program, approval of common doctoral candidacy qualifying procedures, approval of a student’s individual study plan and PhD Committee, and selection of interdisciplinary topics for collaborative research. Dr. Islam serves as the Program Director.

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Shafiqul Islam, Professor and Director, Water DiplomacySchool of Engineering and The Fletcher School of Law and DiplomacyShafiqul (“Shafik”) Islam is the first Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering and Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the Director of the Water Diplomacy Initiative.

Dr. Islam’s interdisciplinary research interests are to understand, characterize, measure, and model water issues ranging from climate to cholera to water diplomacy with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing.He maintains a diverse network of national and international partnerships including MIT, Columbia University, Purdue University, Penn State University, Princeton, BUET and ICDDRB in Bangladesh, University of Tokyo, ETH in Switzerland, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, IIT in India, and SaciWATERs to conduct multi-year and multi-million dollar interdisciplinary collaborative research for a wide range of problems focusing on scarcity and abundance of water. His major research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Dr. Islam maintains an active national and international consulting and training practice ranging from flood forecasting to national water policy and planning in several countries.  He acted as consultant to the World Bank, United States Geological Survey, Proctor and Gamble, and several other governmental and nongovernmental organizations. More information about his interests and expertise is available at the Water and Environmental Research, Education, and Actionable Solutions Network (WE REASoN) site.

IGERT Interests and Expertise: Hydrology, Climate, Cholera, Scales, Remote Sensing, Interdisciplinary Education (Natural and Societal Domain)


TGriffin Timothy Griffin, Associate Professor and Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

Timothy Griffin received his Ph.D. in crop and soil science from Michigan State University. Dr. Griffin is also a faculty steering committee member for the Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) program at Tufts. His primary research interest is the intersection of agriculture and the environment, and the development and implementation of sustainable production systems. Additional current research interests include environmental impacts of agriculture (nutrient flows, carbon retention and loss, and climate change), impacts of policy on adoption of agricultural practices and systems, and development and implementation of equitable food systems at the local to regional scales.

Dr. Griffin’s past research responsibilities have included field and lab components addressing: crop management, alternative crop development, short- and long-term effects of cropping systems on potato yield and quality, management strategies to improve soil quality, manure nitrogen and phosphorus availability, soil carbon sequestration and cycling, emission of greenhouse gases from high-value production systems, and grain production for organic dairy systems.


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Bill Moomaw, ProfessorFletcher School of Law and DiplomacyDr. William R. Moomaw holds a Ph.D. from MIT in physical chemistry. He is Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and directs the International Environmental and Resource Program there. He was the Senior Director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) until 2012, an interdisciplinary research institute at Tufts University. He is the Principal Lead author for “Industry” and “Industry, Energy, and Transportation: Impacts and Adaptation,” Climate Change 1995, Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change. His research interests include: global climate change; stratospheric ozone depletion; air pollution; the role of science and technology in national and international policy; and forest and energy policy. He is working with diplomats and negotiators to improve the likely outcome for international treaties on climate change, biodiversity and other global issues.

IGERT Interests and Expertise: Negotiations & Policy (Societal Domain)

Kent Portney 100x134 Kent Portney, Professor of Political ScienceKent E. Portney is a Professor of Political Science.  He teaches courses in methodology, judicial politics, political behavior, public administration, survey research, and environmental politics. Professor Portney’s research interest are in civic and political engagement, sustainable cities, criminal sentencing,  and digital decision simulations.   He has recently authored Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities (MIT Press, 2003).  He is also the co-author of Acting Civically, published in 2007 by Tufts University Press and co-editor of Virtual Decisions: Digital Simulations for Teaching Reasoning in the Social Sciences and Humanities published in 2006 by Lawrence Erlbaum. He is currently a member of the OECD’s Metropolitan Review Panel.

Portney has held grants from Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the Polaroid Foundation.  Professor Portney was recipient of the American Political Science Association’s 1997 Rowman and Littlefield Award for innovative teaching in Political Science. He also received the APSA section on Information Technology and Politics Award for best instructional software.

IGERT Interests and Expertise: Public Participation, Sustainability (Societal Domain)

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Michael Reed, Professor of BiologyMichael Reed is interested in a wide variety of conservation related research problems. Most of his research focuses on identifying characteristics of species that put them at risk to human-caused threats, understanding why (or how) these characteristics put a species at risk, and to determining how best to reduce the risk.

Michael has been working, in particular, on the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on extinction risk and population viability, and on the importance of animal behavior in extinction risk and conservation. Although he is primarily a “bird” person, some of his recent students worked (or work) on amphibians, moss, and butterflies. Prof. Reed has worked in forests and wetlands, evaluating habitat loss and fragmentation as well as the impacts of grazing, logging, and suburban sprawl on biodiversity.

IGERT Interests and Expertise: Ecology, Conservation Biology (Natural Domain)