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Confronting Climate Change via The Climate Policy Lab at the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy (CIERP)

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Created to analyze critical global environmental problems through an interdisciplinary approach, the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) is co-led by Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy Kelly Sims Gallagher and Professor of Development Economics Jenny Aker. Sims-Gallagher was formerly a Senior Policy Advisor for the Obama Administration and Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. She was also responsible for getting China signed on to the Paris Agreement. Research topics of focus for CIERP include: energy, climate, and innovation; agriculture, forests, and biodiversity; sustainable development, diplomacy, and governance; and sustainable development economics.

One of CIERP's newest initiatives is The Climate Policy Lab (CPL), which seeks to better understand which energy and climate policies work, which don't, and why. The Lab is a source of independent and objective advice for governments contemplating new climate policies as they implement new domestic policies consistent with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

One of the most recent pieces of research to come out of The CPL is co-authored by Kelly, titled "Policies Governing China's Overseas Development Finance: Implications for Climate Change." This research identifies and evaluates Chinese policies governing China's overseas investments, and focuses particularly on how those policies influence environmental outcomes in recipient countries.

Kelly has been quoted by New York Magazine, appeared on CNBC, and has written for The Financial Times and The Conversation, to name just a few.

Learn more about CIERP's research.