Kelly Sims Gallagher is Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.  She directs the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher.  From June 2014-September 2015 she served in the Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. While there she was awarded the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy Award for Excellence (October 2014).

Gallagher is a member of the board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, where she previously directed the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group.   She is also a faculty affiliate with the Harvard University Center for Environment. Broadly, she focuses on energy and climate policy in both the United States and China.  She specializes in the role of policy in spurring the development and deployment of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, domestically and internationally.  A Truman Scholar, she has a MALD and PhD in international affairs from The Fletcher School, and an AB from Occidental College.  She speaks Spanish and basic Mandarin Chinese, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of several books and numerous academic articles and policy reports.

View Professor Gallagher's personal website here and Fletcher faculty profile here.


Gallagher, Kelly Sims, Xuan, Xiaowei, and Qi Ye, Titans of the Climate: Explaining Climate Policy Outcomes in the United States and China, Cambridge: The MIT Press (under contract).

Gallagher, Kelly Sims 2014, The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology: Lessons from China, Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Gallagher, Kelly Sims 2009, Acting in Time on Energy Policy, (editor) Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, May.

Gallagher, Kelly Sims 2007, China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development, Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, May (Chinese edition).

Gallagher, Kelly Sims 2006, China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development, Cambridge: The MIT Press, July.  

Recent Publications

E S Spang, W R Moomaw, K S Gallagher, P H Kirshen and D H MarksMultiple metrics for quantifying the intensity of water consumption of energy production. Environment Research Letters, 2014 Volume 9 105003.

E S Spang, W R Moomaw, K S Gallagher, P H Kirshen and D H Marks. The water consumption of energy production: an international comparison. Environment Research Letters, 2014 Volume 9 105002.

Kelly Sims Gallagher and Zdenka Myslikova. Collective Action: Mitigation, Adaptation, Innovation: The Case of the Chinese PV Industry. Power and Energy Magazine, IEEE, vol.12, no.5, pp.28,33, Sept.-Oct. 2014. doi: 10.1109/MPE.2014.2331891

Kelly Sims Gallagher & Laura Anadon (2014). DOE Budget Authority for Energy Research, Development, & Demonstration Database. Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, March 2014.

Xuan Xiaowei and Kelly Sims GallagherProspects for Reducing Carbon Intensity in China. Discussion Paper (8). Medford, MA: Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, CIERP, The Fletcher School, February 2014.

Kelly Sims Gallagher and Fang Zhang. Innovation and Technology Transfer Across Global Value Chains: Evidence from China’s PV Industry. Climate Technology & Development Case Study. Climate & Development Knowledge Network, July 2013.

Director, CIERP; Professor of Energy & Environmental Policy

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