Laura Kuhl

Predoctoral Fellow on Climate Adaptation, Water, and Development

  • BA, Middlebury College
  • MALD, 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

• Gallagher KS, Grubler A, Kuhl L, Nemet G, Wilson C. 2012. The Energy Technology Innovation System. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 37: 137-62.
Kuhl L and Tirrell A. Reflections on The Hague Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. IDEAS Journal (International Development, Environment and Sustainability) Issue 7, February 2011.
• Politi MC, Pieterse AH, Truant T, Borkhoff C, Jha V, Kuhl L, Nicolai J, Goss C. Interprofessional education about patient decision support in specialty care. Journal of Interprofessional Care 2011; 25(6): 1469-9567.
• Kuhl LN, Ettinger B, Rosen CJ, Col NF. Questioning the accuracy of a recent review of osteoporosis medications. Annals of Internal Medicine 2009; 150: 423-424.
Kuhl LN and Sheridan M. Stigmatized property, clams and community in coastal Ecuador. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 2009; 5(1): 17-38.

• Karl HA, Scarlett L, Kirshen P, Dell R, Ibrahim H, Kuhl L, Mosher T, Navarro B, Rising M and Towery N. 2012. “Adapting to Changing Climate: Exploring the Role of the Neighborhood” in Restoring Land- Coordinating Science, Politics and Action: Complexities of Climate and Governance. Eds. Karl HA, Scarlett L, Vargas-Moreno JC and Flaxman M. Springer, The Netherlands.

• Kuhl L and Singh K. “You Can’t Cook if There’s Nothing to Cook: The Emerging Energy Access/Adaptation Nexus”. Presentation at the National Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace, Medford, MA, October 2012.
• Menne B, Gallagher KS, Nilsson M, Van Leeuwen R, Kuhl L, Naumova E. “From Burden Bearing to Opportunity Sharing: Reframing Environmental Negotiations,” Panel discussion at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Rio de Janiero, Brazil, June 2012.
• Kuhl L and Read L. “Drought Management and Agriculture in the ACF Basin: An analysis of management options under climate change." Poster at the Water: Systems, Science and Society Conference The Glass Half Full: Valuing Water in the Twenty-first Century, Tufts University, Medford, MA, April 2012.
• Kuhl, Laura. "Evacuation as an Adaptation Option in Environmental Justice Communities: Challenges and Best Practice Guidelines," The National Evacuation Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 9, 2012.
• Kuhl L. From a culture of disaster response to a culture of adaptation: flooding in Honduras. Moynihan Post Disaster Recovery Conference, Syracuse University, April 15, 2011 and Water in 2050: The Infrastructure to Get There: Interdisciplinary Water Conference, Tufts University, April 1, 2011.
• Kuhl L. Institutional arrangements for resilience in the face of climate change: An analysis of disaster preparedness and response for flooding in La Ceiba, Honduras. Resilience 2011 Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2011.

Faculty Advisor(s)
Kelly Sims Gallagher

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