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Maria Ivanova, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; McCormack Graduate School Co-Director of Center for Governance and Sustainability and Director of the Global Environmental Governance Project
  • Telephone: 617.287.7263
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 126

Areas of Expertise

Global governance, international organizations and their performance, climate change governance, United States foreign environmental policy, United Nations reform, sustainability on campuses and in organizations


PhD, Yale University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Maria Ivanova (Curriculum Vitae) 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, US 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 UN system for environment. She has worked closely with national governments and UN agencies in providing an academic perspective into their political positions about international environmental governance.

Ivanova served as a coordinating lead author of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the flagship UN environmental assessment in 2012. She has numerous publications, has produced three short documentaries on global environmental governance, is the editor of the Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series, and serves on the editorial board of Global Environmental Politics. She co-leads (with Robyn Hannigan, dean of the School for the Environment) a National Science Foundation project on Coasts and Communities, which trains doctoral students as environmental problem solvers and focuses on the complex interactions of natural and human systems in urban and urbanizing coastal areas across Massachusetts Bay and the Horn of Africa.

Ivanova is a faculty associate in the Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative at Yale University. From 2005 to 2010, she was on the faculty at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Previously, she worked at the Environment Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, is the recipient of the 2007 Professor of the Year Award, the 2010 Mary Lyon Award from Mount Holyoke College, and the 2010 Goddess Artemis Award from the Euro-American Women’s Council. In 2013, she was appointed to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Ivanova holds a PhD (with distinction) and two master's degrees, in international relations and environmental management, from Yale University.

For more information on her research and publications, please visit Maria Ivanova's Scholarworks page.


Center for Governance and Sustainability
Global Environmental Governance Project