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April 22, 2015

Professor Maria Ivanova named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

  • Boston
Associate professor to receive $200,000 grant as part of the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows.

Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance Maria Ivanova is one of 32 recipients, out of 301 nominees, to receive a $200,000 grant as part of the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.  

Ivanova teaches in the McCormack Graduate School for Policy and Global Studies, and serves as co-director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, and director of Global Environmental Governance Project at UMass Boston.

Her project will focus on the work she launched at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, which tested the proof of concept for the creation of an Environmental Conventions Index. Significant academic research is necessary to close the existing gap in understanding the mechanism by which global environmental conventions do/could/should solve global environmental problems.

“This work is truly collaborative,” Ivanova said. “It engages faculty, students, and policymakers. It was initiated by a request for analysis we received from the UN Environment Programme, informed by our interactions with officials in the environmental convention secretariats, and inspired by the reactions we received from countries.”

The United Nations at a Crossroads: Collection of Conventions or Mechanism for Planetary Stewardship study will conduct rigorous analysis with the goal of contributing to international policy that would stem the further breach of planetary boundaries including climate change, land-system change, loss of biosphere integrity and altered biogeochemical cycle. It will seek to measure, explain, and improve the level of implementation across a set of 10 global environmental conventions.

Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation, said what distinguishes this new fellowship initiative is its extraordinary jury.

“The selection committee includes the heads of some of the nation’s preeminent institutions dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, including five current and former university presidents,” Gregorian said. “In addition, each proposal was reviewed and rated by at least one of the 25 prominent scholars, educators and intellectuals who served as anonymous evaluators.”

Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar specializing in governance and sustainability. Her research and policy work focus on global environmental governance and the performance of international environmental institutions. She has worked on issues such as financing for the environment, U.S. foreign environmental policy, and sustainability on campuses and in organizations.

Her career, marked by teaching excellence and policy leadership, has bridged academia and policy. Her academic work has been recognized for bringing analytical rigor and innovative input to the international negotiations on reforming the U.N. system for the environment. She has worked closely with national governments and U.N. agencies in providing an academic perspective into their political positions about international environmental governance.

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