Professors of Practice
Research Affiliates
Teaching Affiliates
Research Fellows
Research Assistants


Andy Darrell (F88-MALD)
Chief of Strategy, Global Energy & Finance, Environmental Defense Fund

John Harper (F85-MALD)
Principal and Founder, Birch Tree Capital
John Holdren
Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Ed Hoyt
(F62-MALD, F64-PhD)

Barbara Kates-Garnick (F73-MA, F78-MALD, F85-PhD)
Professor of Practice and Senior Research Fellow, Fletcher School

Chris Wendel (F93-MALD)
President, Volta Industries


Jenny AkerCenter Co-Director
Professor of Development Economics
Kelly Sims Gallagher, Center Co-Director
Director: Climate Policy Lab
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy
Ujjayant ChakravortyUjjayant Chakravorty
Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Timothy Griffin
Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Eric Hines

Eric Hines
Professor of Practice, Tufts University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sulmaan Khan
Assistant Professor of Chinese Foreign Relations, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Laura Kuhl
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and International Affairs
College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University
Faculty Affiliate, Fletcher School
Gilbert Metcalf TuftsGilbert E. Metcalf
Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Colin Orians
Professor of Biology, Tufts University

Shinsuke Tanaka
Assistant Professor of Economics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Rockford 'Rocky' Weitz
Professor of Practice, Entrepreneur Coach,
Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program


William Moomaw
Professor Emeritus
Founder of CIERP, Center Director 1992-2013
Co-Director Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts

Professors of Practice

Barbara Kates-Garnick
Professor of Practice and Senior Research Fellow

Rachel Kyte
Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Sustainable Development
Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Mihaela Papa
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development and Global Governance
Co-Investigator, Rising Power Alliances project

Patrick Verkooijen
Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Sustainable Development Diplomacy
CEO, Global Center on Adaptation
Former Special Representative for Climate Change at the World Bank

Research Affiliates

Charles Chester
Lecturer in Environmental Studies, Brandeis University
Curator of
Kyle Emerick
Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Kevin Knobloch
Senior Research Affiliate
Dan ReifsnyderDan Reifsnyder
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International and Scientific Affairs
US State Department

Joel Trachtman
Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Teaching Affiliates

Steve Block
Professor of International Economics & Academic Dean The Fletcher School, Tufts University
EIB E240: Development Economics: Macroeconomic Perspectives
EIB E243: Agriculture and Rural Development in Developing Countries

Ann Rappaport
Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University
DHP P257: Corporate Management of Environmental Issue
David Wirth
Visiting Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
ILO L223: International Environmental Law

Research Fellows

CIERP trains pre- and post-doctoral research fellows and hosts visiting scholars from around the world. Our students have co-authored journal articles, reports and other publications with CIERP faculty and visiting scholars, and independently published papers of their own.

Fang Zhang, China Research Coordinator & Predoctoral fellow
How governments mobilize domestic finance for innovation: The case of the domestic clean energy sector
Government often plays a crucial and active role in funding technology innovation. Almost every major technical change in recent years can be traced back to state funding. A lack of state financing is a well-recognized barrier to the development of clean energy technologies. This is partially due to insufficient research on how governments can mobilize domestic finance for clean energy innovation, and on which policies are most effective in leveraging investments. My research explores how governments mobilize domestic finance for clean energy innovation based on four country cases: the United States, Germany, China, and India.
Rishikesh Bhandary, Predoctoral Fellow
Mobilizing Climate Finance
Viruses and Venus Fly Traps: the design and effects of national climate funds
This dissertation investigates how developing countries have sought to mobilize climate finance by setting up national climate funds. Through case studies of national climate funds in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Indonesia, this study harvests early lessons on the opportunities and challenges afforded by national climate funds. The dissertation also utilizes Fiji's ongoing exploratory process of designing its national climate fund as a real-time study of how a country designs its national climate fund.
Zdenka Myslikova, Predoctoral Fellow
Indicators of innovation capabilities in clean energy technologies: Assessing the technology gap between developed and developing countries
Zdenka Myslikova is a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with an interest in energy technology innovation, climate policy and regulation. In her doctoral research, she assesses energy technology innovation in the transition countries – what factors are key in motivating energy technology innovation? – and applies the adaptive leadership framework to understand why some countries are leaders in energy technology innovation while others are not. She holds a master’s degree in economics from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico, and before starting her doctorate, she served at Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission.
Easwaran Narassimhan, Predoctoral Fellow
Carbon Pricing and its impact on Clean Technology Innovation and Investments
Easwaran is a PhD candidate and a Junior Fellow at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program, Easwaran received a Master's degree from The Fletcher School specializing in environmental policy and development economics. As a doctoral student, Easwaran focuses on Innovation and Industrial Policy for Clean Energy Technologies, trying to understand the role of government in transitioning to a low carbon future in developing countries. In addition to his dissertation, Easwaran is currently working on comparing carbon pricing regimes, measuring the environmental efficacy of Chinese overseas energy investments, and assessing the effectiveness of demand side policies to promote electric vehicle in the U.S.
Qi Qi, Junior Fellow
The Cost-Benefit Analysis of China's Climate Policies
Qi is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Economics and Public Policy under the joint supervision of faculty from the Fletcher School and the Department of Economics in Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences. She has a special interest in using cost-benefit analysis and other types of economic methods to evaluate the climate change policies of China and other countries. For the Climate Policy Lab of CIERP, she is currently working on a paper investigating China’s policies conducive to green investments at home and abroad.
Before coming to Fletcher, she was Senior Research and Program Officer in the China Office of Australia’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, based in the Australian Embassy in Beijing, facilitating bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy and resources. Qi received an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School and previously an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol in the UK.
Hengrui (Henry) Liu, Junior Fellow
Hengrui is a first-year student of joint Ph.D. program in Economics and Public Policy of Tufts Department of Economics and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Before coming to the Tufts University, he served as a research assistant at the International Economics Department of Johns Hopkins University- School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to that, he worked as a research associate at the U.S.-China Business Council where he focused on anti-monopolization, intellectual property rights, and investment treaty issues between the U.S. and China. He received a master’s degree in international economics and international affairs from Johns Hopkins University. Hengrui’s academic interests are international development, energy and environmental policy, and climate change issues, particularly in the context of the U.S.- China relationship. He is also interested in quantifying economic impacts of climate change in developing countries.
Jinliang Zhang, Postdoctoral Scholar
Associate Professor, The University of North China Electric Power University, China
Zhang Jinliang’s current research interests include forecasting, energy economics, energy environment. He had taken charge of 30 projects related to electricity and climate, such as two Chinese National Natural Science Foundation project, a China Postdoctoral Science Foundation project, Beijing Social Science Foundation Project. The total value of these projects is more than 4 million RMB. He had published more than twenty papers in the international and domestic journals which are mostly indexed by SCI/SSCI. In his research team, he has currently 17 graduate students.
Ping Huang, Postdoctoral Scholar
Ping Huang is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Climate Policy Lab (CPL), Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He is working with Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher on a project of China’s energy innovation landscape funded by Breakthrough Energy Coalition, along with four other studies on United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. The project will cooperate with the Chinese partner (Prof. Su Jun from Tsinghua University) to evaluate the strengths and weakness of China’s clean energy innovation system, and to conduct several case studies to elucidate best practices, experiences with failure, and challenges in the Chinese context. Prior to joining this project, he worked with Prof. Vanesa Castán Broto on urban energy innovation and transitions in China, based at University College London. As a visiting scholar, he also worked at Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, with Prof. Marko Hekkert on China’s solar PV innovation system. He has published in key energy and transitions journals such as Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy Research & Social Science, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions and Technological Forecasting and Social Change (refer to his Google Scholar for more information.)
Zhen Han, Postdoctoral Scholar
Zhen Han is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Climate Policy Lab (CPL), Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), The Fletcher School, Tufts University. His research interests focus on international economic cooperation, state behaviours of rising powers and the links between international economy and security. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Political Science Department of McGill University (Montréal, Canada). His dissertation “Interdependence, State Decentralization and International Relations: The China Case” uses subnational unit of analysis from the contemporary China case and argues the pacifying effects of economic interdependence are conditioned on the domestic structure of state decentralization. He received his M.A. degree from the University of British Columbia, where he wrote a thesis on “Capitalist Peace Revisited: Can Financial Openness Lead to Peace in the Post-Cold War Era”. He published this article in China’s World Economy and Politics Journal. He also coauthored a book chapter on China-India relations. He also holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering.


Mieke van der Wansem 
Associate Director, Educational Programs
Phone: (617) 627-2476

Jillian DeMair
Assistant Director, Research Administration
Phone: (617) 627-2778

Sara Rosales
Program Coordinator
Phone: (617) 627-3079

Research Assistants

Rising Power Alliances – Minerva Research Initiative

Brazil: Arthur Sanders Montadon

Russia: Nicholas Cicchinelli

India: Neeraj Prasad

China: Zihao Liu

South Africa: Scott Hoag

Climate Policy Lab 

Danny Tobin

Climate & Energy Working Group of the Tufts University RSSP

Aishwarya Ramani

Haylee Piao