Research/Areas of Interest: International negotiations: negotiation strategy, coalitions, institutional change BRICS/rising powers in global governance and their relationship with the United States Sustainability: sustainable development diplomacy, environmental foreign policy, climate justice Evolution of global governance


  • B.A., University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
  • M.A., The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, United States
  • Ph.D., The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, United States


Mihaela Papa is a Senior Fellow at the Fletcher School, where she has co-founded and led the Rising Power Alliances project and served as faculty in sustainable development and global governance.

She is an expert in negotiation strategy and coalition building, with a focus on BRICS and the transition to sustainability. Papa started her BRICS research as postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School and a visiting scholar at Fudan University's Center for BRICS Studies. Her recent publications analyze BRICS convergence and BRICS-US relations (EJIR, 2023), whether BRICS can de-dollarize global finance (CUP 2022 and ISA-West award), and BRICS resilience (Global Policy 2021). Her publications on environmental foreign policy, climate diplomacy, and global governance appeared in Global Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Change, Climate Policy, and other journals.

Papa is also an active practitioner with a proven track record advising institutions on global strategies and leading international collaborations and programs. She has previously worked at MIT and at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as consulted for the U.S. government, the European Commission, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Originally a trade economist with a BA from Croatia, she completed her MA in Law and Diplomacy and PhD in International Relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
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