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Message from the Director

moomawThe Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) is consolidating the many changes we have initiated during the last two years. The addition of our new faculty colleague, Shinsuke Tanaka, will enhance our capacities by bringing his expertise on the intersection of the economics of development, environment and health. Prof. Gallagher continues her path-breaking work on climate, energy and innovation, while Prof. Moomaw is engaged in a multiplicity of projects on climate, energy, nitrogen, forests, and fisheries. All of the programs, projects, and grants described below are ably managed by the Center’s Associate Director, Mieke van der Wansem, who also continues her own work as a trainer in sustainable development negotiation and consensus building.

Last year, the Center engaged 22 graduate students as research and teaching assistants who worked on major reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, UN Environment Program, and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. They also supported faculty in developing an agenda for global climate change policy research, provided research support for several additional reports and research papers, served as teaching assistants, organized a roundtable discussion at the climate meetings in Cancun, and participated in agricultural and climate meetings in Ethiopia and The Netherlands.  Students conducted research at the Department of Energy, International Maritime Organization, and the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, among other places. In addition, the Center hosted two post-doctoral fellows from China, one doctoral fellow from MIT, and one Fulbright Fellow from China Foreign Affairs University. During 2010-11 the Center hosted 11 doctoral students, and advised 28 MALD/MA and two GMAP master’s theses. Four of these doctoral students completed their dissertations in the summer, and three new PhD students are entering the program.

The support of these students and the projects on which they worked was provided by grants received over the past two years from the Hewlett Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the Lauder Foundation, BP, and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation. The Center shares with the Tufts Engineering as well as the Tufts Arts and Sciences departments a $4.2 million National Science Foundation grant to support doctoral students in an interdisciplinary “Water and Diplomacy Program.” Two Fletcher students will be among the first five admitted for September 2011.

The Center combines scholarship and research with teaching and policy engagement while providing opportunities for our students. This year, Prof. Moomaw completed his role as the Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change. He was an author of a chapter on alternative fuels in the Multicriteria Analysis for Climate Change Report prepared by UNEP. He was also a co-author of the Integrated Nitrogen Report for the USEPA Science Advisory Report that was completed this year. 

Prof. Kelly Sims Gallagher served on a working group for the President’s Council for Science and Technology (PCAST) on the U.S. federal energy innovation system, and continues to advise the U.S. Department of Energy on energy and climate issues related to China.  She is on the steering committee for a new American Academy of Arts and Sciences study on alternative energy and the social sciences, and was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in the spring. 

The Center’s new website will allow us to provide direct access to the multiple reports, faculty and student papers, journal articles that are published each year along with links to social networks, blogs and information about events. We hope that you will find all of this to be useful.

Beginning in September, the Center will occupy the entire suite in Cabot 509 bringing physically together three of our four faculty, the Associate Director, our Staff Assistant, Celia Mokalled, and our new Grants and Outreach Coordinator, Miranda Fasulo in one space. Our research fellows will occupy a set of offices in the inter-connected Goddard Hall.

During the ten years since we received a grant from the Luce Foundation to build a Center with multiple capacities, we have pursued the goal of creating an integrated capacity to conduct interdisciplinary research, teach a full suite of environment and natural resource policy courses, and provide opportunities for students and faculty to conduct and participate directly in the international policy process. We work with governments, international organizations such as the UN and World Bank and with corporations and NGOs to help develop more effective solutions for sustainable development that are based on sound research.

Prof. William Moomaw
Director CIERP