What is CIERP? Research, education, impact.


Discussion Paper Series

In the Media

April 2019
Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher and Xiaowei Xuan join CSIS' Jane Nakano on a podcast to discuss their new book, Titans of the Climate, which focuses on how the United States and China implement climate and environmental policies.
April 2019
Patrick Verkooijen joins President of the Marshall Islands, Hilda Heine, to discuss the need for climate action to address rising sea levels in the Marshall Islands and other low-lying coastal areas around the world.
April 2019
CIERP pre-doctoral student, Fang Zhang, is quoted in a Popular Science article about global carbon emissions.
April 2019
The article metrics of Assessing the Policy gaps for achieving China’s climate targets in the Paris Agreement by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher and Fang Zhang, are articulated in this article by Nature Communications.
March 2019
Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher discusses how global carbon levels reached a record high in 2018.
March 2019
Patrick Verkooijen joins former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in discussing climate-proofing communities.
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Climate Policy Lab

  • Which climate policies work in practice?
  • Which don't?
  • Why?

  • And under which conditions would policies work elsewhere?


These are the questions that the Climate Policy Lab seeks to answer. Much of the scholarship on climate change policy is theoretical, not empirical. Extensive literature now exists about the merits of price versus quantity instruments, for example, but much less exists evaluating the actual implementation of these policies. The CPL is mindful of relevant theory, but emphasizes assessment of actually-implemented climate policies. This approach allows the lab to be nimble and responsive to changes in the policy environment, and not driven by the use and refinement of a specific model. The scope of the Lab is highly attuned to state, national, and bi-lateral policy processes while maintaining a global perspective—the motto of The Fletcher School. In addition, we focus on, and work with, multilateral organizations.

Visit the Climate Policy Lab website.