Kelly Sims Gallagher, Center Co-Director
Director: Climate Policy Lab
Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy

Jenny AkerCenter Co-Director
Professor of Development Economics

Amy Myers JaffeManaging Director of the Climate Policy Lab
Research Professor


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
Ujjayant ChakravortyUjjayant Chakravorty
Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Abay Ezra Yimere
Lecturer and Researcher, Addis Ababa University
Country Manager, Program for the Biosafety Systems (PBS)

Timothy Griffin
Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Eric HinesEric Hines
Professor of Practice, Tufts University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Barbara Kates-Garnick
Professor of Practice and Senior Research Fellow
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Sulmaan Khan
Associate Professor of International History and 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
Rachel Kyte
Dean of The Fletcher School
Andrew Light
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Climate Program, World Resources Institute
University Professor of Public Policy, Philosophy, and Atmospheric Sciences, George Mason University
Faculty Affiliate, Fletcher School
Melissa McCracken
Assistant Professor of International Environmental Policy
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Gilbert Metcalf TuftsGilbert E. Metcalf
Professor of Economics, Tufts University
Colin Orians
Professor of Biology, Tufts University
Mihaela Papa
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development and Global Governance
Co-Investigator, Rising Power Alliances project
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Ann Rappaport
Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University
DHP P257: Corporate Management of Environmental Issue

Julie Schaffner
Visiting Associate Professor of Development Economics

Shinsuke Tanaka
Assistant Professor of Economics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Joel Trachtman
Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Patrick Verkooijen

CEO, Global Center on Adaptation
Former Special Representative for Climate Change at the World Bank

Rockford 'Rocky' Weitz
Professor of Practice, Entrepreneur Coach,
Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Jacob Werksman
Visiting Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

David Wirth
Visiting Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
ILO L223: International Environmental Law


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

John Harper (F85-MALD)
Principal and Founder, Birch Tree Capital
Tom Haslett
Co-Founder, Partner, TILT
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, F84-PhD)
Professor of Practice and Senior Research Fellow, Fletcher School

Chris Wendel (F93-MALD)
President, Volta Industries


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

Postdoctoral Scholars

CIERP trains postdoctoral scholars and hosts visiting scholars from around the world. See past Postdoctoral Scholars here.

Rishikesh Bhandary
Postdoctoral Scholar
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Zongyuan Zoe Liu
Postdoctoral Scholar
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Frank O'Donnell
Postdoctoral Scholar
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Twitter: @frank11285
Fang Zhang
China Research Coordinator & Postdoctoral Scholar
The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Research Fellows

CIERP trains doctoral students who serve as pre-doctoral Research Fellows in CIERP and the Climate Policy Lab. Our students have co-authored journal articles, reports and other publications with CIERP faculty and visiting scholars, and independently published papers of their own.

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 Predoctoral 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
Qi Qi is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Economics and Public Policy at Tufts with an emphasis on energy and environmental economics. Before coming to Fletcher, she worked for six years at the Australian Embassy in Beijing facilitating Australian-Chinese cooperation in fields of energy and natural resources. Over the past two years, she evaluated the greenness of Chinese investment overseas from policy perspective and how trade barriers have shifted global solar power deployment from developed to emerging economies. She is currently working on a paper evaluating the socio-economic impacts of rural electrification in India. Qi has a B.A. in English literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, an MSc in International Relations from the University of Bristol, and an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Hengrui (Henry) Liu, Junior Fellow
Hengrui is a PhD Student in Economics and Public Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. His research interests include climate change policy, environmental economics, energy technology innovation policy, and low carbon transport. Before coming to Fletcher, he served as a research assistant at the International Economics Department of Johns Hopkins University-School of Advanced International Studies. He also worked as a research associate at the U.S.-China Business Council in Beijing. He received a B.A. in International and Global Studies from Brandeis University and an M.A. in International Economics and International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University.
Bethany Tietjen, Junior Fellow
Bethany recently graduated with her Master's in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, where she focused on international environmental resource policy, human security, and gender analysis. Her master's thesis looked at the flows of climate finance toward adaptation in the agriculture sector. She is now pursuing her PhD at Fletcher and plans to study the links between climate change, migration, and food security. Prior to coming to Fletcher, Bethany worked at NGOs and schools in Guatemala, Vietnam, and Thailand.
Tarun Gopalakrishnan, Junior Fellow

Tarun graduated from the NALSAR University of Law (B.A.LLB.) in 2013 and from the Fletcher School (M.A. in Law and Diplomacy) in 2016. Before starting the Fletcher PhD in 2020, he worked with the World Trade Organization’s Legal Affairs Division, and on climate policy with the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. His work at CSE included reports and notes on adaptation finance, carbon markets, coal phase-out, and governance of agro-meteorological advisories. His PhD focus is on the evolving norms around national and international finance for climate resilience.



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

Jillian DeStone
Associate Director
Phone: (617) 627-2778

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

Research Assistants & Interns

CIERP and Climate Policy Lab Research Assistants and Interns
Sabrina Andrews, Research Assistant, Community-Based Natural Farming, Tufts CREATE Initiative
Eliza Sheff, Research Assistant, Communications and Media
Bethany Tietjen, Research Assistant, Deep Decarbonization in the U.S
Nikolas Westfield, Intern, Climate Policy Performance Index
Emelia Williams, Research Assistant, India Policy Gap Analysis

CPL Strategic Internship Program
Timothy Hu, Intern, Greentown Labs
Lucia Lombardo, Sustainable Infrastructure Fellow, CDP North America
Seth Owusu-Mante, Intern, Climate Policy Lab

Professor Mihaela Papa’s Research on Rising Power Alliances/Coalitions
Lisa May

Professor Jenny Aker’s Research Projects on Agricultural Technologies, Adult Education, and Financial Inclusion
Parthu Kalva
Venky Ramamoorthy
Mikalyn Rush
Sabrina Andrews
Joseph Thomas
Vasudha Ramakrishna
Alex Carroll
Girija Bahety
Yasmeen Fatimah Shaikh
Jeremy Danz
Madison Chapman

Tufts CREATE Solutions  
Nathaniel (Atticus) Murphy, PhD candidate in Biology working with Professor Elizabeth Crone
Kelly Smith, MS candidate in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering working with Professor Eric Hines
Sabrina Andrews, MALD candidate at the Fletcher School working with Professor Tim Griffin
Jeremy Halstead, MS candidate at the Friedman School working with Professor Tim Griffin