Laura Kuhl

Faculty Affiliate, CIERP

  • BA, Middlebury College
  • MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • PhD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University


Laura Kuhl is a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, focusing on international environmental policy and development economics. She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Water Diplomacy. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation, technology transfer and innovation. During summer 2012 she conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia, Colombia and Peru as part of a collaborative project with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) examining technology transfer in the GEF’s adaptation funds. For spring 2013 she is a visiting researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. She received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School in May 2011 and a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Middlebury College in 2007. Her master’s thesis research addressed climate change, disaster risk reduction and flooding in Honduras. Fieldwork for this project was conducted in coastal Honduras in collaboration with the Fundación Cuero y Salado, the oldest environmental NGO in Honduras. She also completed a certificate in Water: Systems, Science and Society through the interdisciplinary graduate certificate program at Tufts, and participated in a NOAA-funded research project on climate change, sea level rise and environmental justice. She has been the teaching assistant for the Elements of International Environmental Policy, Sustainable Development Diplomacy, and Climate Change and Clean Energy Policy courses at the Fletcher School.

Areas of Expertise
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Policy, International

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
  • National Science Foundation IGERT Water Diplomacy Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • WSSS (Water: Systems, Science and Society) Research Fellowship, 2010
  • TIE (Tufts Institute of the Environment) Research Fellowship, 2010
  • Sustainable Development Diplomacy and International Program on the Management of Sustainability, The Netherlands Fellowship 2010
  • Frank C. & Christel Nichols Scholarship, The Fletcher School, 2009-2011
  • International Thesis Award, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Middlebury College, 2007

Research Interests
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Water Diplomacy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Justice

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