Message From The Director

June 30, 2016

Kelly Sims GallagherThis year I gratefully returned to Fletcher after working in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in The White House and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change Office at the State Department. I was enormously proud to contribute to the U.S.-China climate agreements, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and to help establish the Climate Services for Resilient Development public private partnership. My experience in Washington gave me the idea to establish a new Climate Policy Lab at CIERP, which will examine which policies work, which don’t, and why in the real world. 

As you will see in our annual report, we had many new developments and achievements this year in CIERP.  Prof. Jenny Aker became the new Director of our Sustainable Development Economics program.  Prof. Tim Griffin from the Friedman School joined Avery Cohn’s Agriculture and Forests program.  Prof. of Practice Rachel Kyte became the new CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).  Doctoral student Laura Kuhl became Assistant Professor at Northeastern University and Kartikeya Singh will be a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. 

We added an important new course at Fletcher on energy, entrepreneurship, and finance.  Our students made us proud in their amazing internships at the World Bank, State Department, and the Climate Group, to provide a few examples, and some led to job offers, including at Mint Energy and Blue Wave Capital. Students were also fortunate to travel to Paris to take part in the international climate negotiations, a nice example of student experiential learning.

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez received the prestigious Advocacy Award from the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT and Stanford University, and Professor Avery Cohn's paper presented at the inaugural DFID-funded Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement (FLARE) was awarded a Pathways to Prosperity prize. CIERP was delighted to support the inaugural Tufts Energy Conference Energy Policy Challenge, the winner of which was Fernando Rezende Ayres of Northeastern University. We were fortunate to directly engage with policymakers at the highest levels this year, whether it was during our Roundtable on Research Needs in Global Climate Policy in Paris, visits from UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres to Fletcher, or at the Roundtable on Climate Finance we co-sponsored with the World Resources Institute at Fletcher.

Last, but not least, we made important contributions in the research domain as well. Avery Cohn and co-authors landed a major article in Nature: Climate Change on crop responses to climate variability. Fang Zhang and I published in Energy Policy a new article that merged our research on the PV industry in China.  Professor of Practice Mihaela Papa published an article in Global Environmental Politics on sustainable global governance.  

We warmly thank our long-standing supporters BP and the Dutch government for their core ongoing support, as well as the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, The Energy Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, UK Department for International Development, BNGF Climate Results Fund, The Mint Energy Research Fund, and numerous alums including Andy Darrell, Bobbi Kates-Garnick, John Harper, and Charlie Chester.  Without you, we could not bring so many opportunities to our students, conduct meaningful research, and influence policy and governance so effectively.


Kelly Sims Gallagher