The Center for Governance and Sustainability engages a range of fellows in its ongoing research and outreach projects. All fellows share their expertise with the center via joint projects and publications and lectures on campus or webcast. In addition, they actively participate in the center’s network and may represent the center at various conferences and events.

Senior fellows are distinguished scholars and practitioners in the fields of governance and sustainability who may launch and lead major research initiatives and joint projects with the center.

Fellows are scholars and professionals in the fields of governance and sustainability whose research and professional activities bring them in close collaboration with the center. Fellows could initiate and co-lead joint projects with the center.

Faculty fellows are faculty at academic institutions around the world whose research and projects pertain to governance and sustainability and whose innovative activities may result in joint research initiatives with the center.

Senior Fellows

Araya Asfaw, Senior Fellow

Araya Asfaw, Senior Fellow of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston.Araya Asfaw is a founding member and the current director of Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center/Network (HoA-REC&N) and dean of the science faculty at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Asfaw has extensive experience in academia, teaching environmental physics and conducting research in laser spectroscopy with applications in material science, atmospheric science and earth sciences. Under his leadership at HoA-REC&N, a network of members and partners has developed, including environmental community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, and higher learning institutions from six countries in the Horn of Africa. The goal of the network is to improve environmental governance within the region through the promotion of cooperation and exchange of information and experiences among the network members. Since its launch in 2006, the center has been dedicated to supporting cooperation between member organizations and other environmental actors, including private sector and government, to carry out activities on the ground, with a focus on partnership programs, capacity upgrading and demand-driven action research. Asfaw is the author of numerous articles, served as the chairman of the Energy Committee of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia Science and Technology Commission, and has been recognized for his efforts with the National Deans Award.

Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow

Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston.Harris Gleckman is a sociologist by training and his professional experience crosses the disciplines of international policy, economics, trade and environment. As Chief, Environment, at the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations, Gleckman worked on multinational corporations and the environment and the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. At UNCTAD, he worked in the Geneva office of the UN secretary-general and as an economic advisor to the G77 in New York during the run up to the 2005 Heads of State Summit and as Chief of the UNCTAD NY Office. His responsibilities in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs crossed between building linkages between the UN and the WTO, coordinating three days of high-level informal dialogues at the 2002 “Financing for Development Conference,” and directing outreach program to economic and trade ministries. Outside the United Nations, Gleckman has worked with the Institute for Environmental Security (The Hague, 2005-2008) on global policy coherence as it impacts on the climate change process; with the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (Montreal, 1995-97); and with the UNFCCC (Bonn and Copenhagen, 2009) on the relationship between macro-economic developments and climate change.  He is the director of Benchmark Environmental Consulting, based in Chappaqua, NY and Portland, ME.

Stanley Johnson, Senior Fellow

Stanley Johnson, Senior Fellow of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston.Stanley Johnson served as a member of the European Parliament between 1979 and 1984 where he was vice-chairman of the Parliament’s Environment Committee. He also served as head of the prevention of the Division in the European Commission and subsequently as an adviser on environmental policy, before being appointed director for energy policy.  He is currently an ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). From 1990 to 2000 Stanley was general editor of the Kluwer International Law and Environment series.  He has written several books about environmental policy, including The Politics of the Environment; the Environmental Policy of the European Communities (co-author); World Population and the United Nations; The Green Revolution; World Population: Turning the Tide; the Politics of Population; Antarctica: The Last Great Wilderness; and Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species (co-author). His latest book, Where the Wild Things Were, was published in July 2012. He won the Greenpeace Prize for Outstanding Services to the Environment and the Richard Martin Award for Outstanding Services to Animal Welfare, given by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), in 1984. In addition, he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry in 1962. Johnson has had nine novels published, including The Commissioner, which was made into a film starring John Hurt. He is a former Harkness fellow and holds an MA and a diploma in agricultural economics from Oxford University.

Louis Meuleman, Senior Fellow

Louis Meuleman, Senior Fellow of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston.Louis Meuleman has a PhD in public administration and a master’s degree in environmental biology. He is a 2018-2021 member of the U.N. Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA). He currently works at DG Environment of the European Commission in Brussels as overall coordinator for the greening of the EU's economic and social governance cycle (the 'European Semester') and as adviser on regional development and environmental impact assessment. He is also research fellow at the Free University Amsterdam and member of the editorial board of the IAIA Journal Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. Meuleman has over 30 years of public sector experience handling national, regional and international issues, mainly in the fields of environment, sustainable development and land use planning. He was director of the TransGov project of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany (2010-2011), which produced the report Transgovernance: The quest for sustainability governance and is the editor of Transgovernance: Advancing Sustainability Governance (Springer, 2013). He was director of the Netherlands Advisory Council for Research on Spatial Planning, Nature and Environment (RMNO) in The Hague and chair of the Netherlands Association for Public Management (VOM). Some of his prominent published works are his PhD dissertation Public Management and the Metagovernance of Hierarchies, Networks and Markets (Springer, 2008), the practitioners’ case study, The Pegasus Principle: Reinventing a credible public sector (Lemma, 2003) and he was co-editor of Environmental Governance in Europe (Lemma, 2003). He has published articles and book chapters on environmental policy, interactive policy-making, metagovernance, governance of long-term decision making and cultural diversity and sustainability governance in English, German and Dutch. Contact: louismeuleman@ps4sd.eu and www.ps4sd.eu.

Faculty Fellows

Nada Mustafa Ali, Faculty Fellow

Nada Mustafa Ali, Faculty Fellow of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston.Nada Mustafa Ali is part-time faculty member in global studies, an interdisciplinary program at the New School University in New York. She has also taught in Egypt, Sudan, and the United Kingdom. Her teaching expertise and research interests cover the areas of gender and conflict; women, peace and security; African and Middle East politics, refugees and forced migration, human rights, governance and sustainable development, global health (especially HIV/AIDS), and qualitative research methods. Formerly, Nada was the women’s program coordinator at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), in Egypt, the Africa Women’s Rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and the director of African Health for Empowerment and Development (AHEAD). She has also worked for the Pankhurst Women’s Center and the African Women’s Health Forum in the United Kingdom. Ali has published widely in the areas of gender, women’s human rights, and HIV/AIDS and is currently preparing a book on gender, race, and Sudan’s exile politics for publication. She has consulted with various organizations and agencies, including the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund, the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Agency for International Development, the International Center for Research on Women and the South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network.

J. Samuel Barkin, Faculty Fellow

J. Samuel Barkin, Faculty Fellow of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston.J. Samuel Barkin is an associate professor and graduate program director of the International Relations MSPA program in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. His research is in the field of international relations theory and international organization, with a focus on international environmental politics and international political economy. His current projects look at international fisheries governance, and at changing practices of sovereignty in response to globalization. Barkin is the author of numerous articles and books. His recent books include Saving Global Fisheries: Reducing Fishing Capacity to Promote Sustainability and Realist Constructivism: Rethinking International Relations Theory. He holds his PhD in political science from Columbia University.

Kamal Bawa, Faculty Fellow

Kamal Bawa, Faculty Fellow of the Center for Governance and SustainabilityKamal Bawa is a distinguished professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has held Bullard, Cabot, and Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowships at Harvard University at various times. He has also been named a Guggenheim fellow as well as a Pew scholar in conservation and the environment. Bawa has published more than 180 papers, and edited 10 books, monographs or special issues of journals. He is the editor-in-chief of Conservation and Society, an interdisciplinary journal in conservation, and also serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. He has served on many national and international advisory panels. He has been the president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and a member of the governing board of several foundations and non-governmental organizations. Bawa is the founder-president of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), a non-governmental organization devoted to research, policy analysis, and education in India Bawa is a recipient of the highest awards from the two main professional societies in his field. In 2003, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation  bestowed on him its highest honor by electing him as an Honorary Fellow. The Society for Conservation Biology awarded him its Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

Eletta Callahan, Faculty Fellow

Eletta Callahan is a faculty director for the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP). She is also a professor of law and public policy at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. Her research Interests include sustainability, whistleblowing, at-will employment, environmental policy, and academic integrity. Her research has been published in the Virginia Journal of International Law and the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.


Rachelle Adam, Fellow

Rachel Adam, Fellow of the Center for Governance and Sustainability Rachelle Adam is currently am the academic director for the EU project “Mare Nostrum” at the Technion, Haifa, Israel. This international project focuses on “bridging the implementation gap” in integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean. She taught environmental law at Hebrew University, Faculty of Law, in spring 2014. She has also started an "Elephant Research Forum" under the IEL/IG at ASIL. During fall 2013, she was a visiting scholar at Boston College Law School. Her book Elephant Treaties, a colonial legacy of the biodiversity crisis, was published by UPNE press.

Satishkumar Belliethathan, Fellow

Satishkumar Belliethathan, Fellow of the Center for Governance and SustainabilitySatishkumar Belliethathan is a founding member and coordinator of the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre/Network at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Specializing in issues related to sustainable land management, natural resource economics, environmental impact assessment, environmental law, waste management, and environmental governance, Professor Belliethathan is a dedicated teacher and advisor for graduate students in the environmental sciences program at Addis Ababa University. He was an organizer of the first conference on “Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities” (MESA) in 2008. Currently, he works on fostering partnerships between civil society organizations and academic research institutes in the Horn of Africa region with the goal of improving the environmental governance in the region. Belliethathan is especially interested in raising environmental awareness, and in fostering institutional and human capacity-building in the field of environmental management.

Katell Le Goulven, Fellow

Katell Le Goulven currently works at UNICEF in the governance and multilateral system analysis department. Her previous assignment was with the United Nations secretary general's High Level Panel on Global Sustainability. She enjoys working with the interface between research and decision-making. She has 15 years of professional experience in development and international cooperation, and has worked with NGOs, research institutes, governments and international organizations. Her work has covered many disciplines from agriculture and micro-credit to climate change, sustainable development and global public goods. She has co-published books and articles on global governance, co-written three reports of international commissions on global public goods, climate change and development; and global sustainability. She holds a PhD in agricultural economics.

David Levy, Faculty Fellow

David Levy, Faculty Fellow of the Center for Governance and SustainabilityDavid L. Levy is chair of the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He teaches courses in international business, strategy, business and climate change, and business and society. He recently founded and is now director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness, whose mission is “to foster a transition to a clean, sustainable, and prosperous economy." Levy’s research examines corporate strategic responses to climate change, the growth of the clean energy business sector, and the emergence of carbon disclosure as a form of governance. He also writes about the role of business in the governance of contested social and environmental issues. He has published and lectured widely on these topics. He was recently PI on a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to develop sustainability education programs. He is also engaged in collaborative research with colleagues at the University of Oxford, the University of Western Sydney, and other institutions. He edits the blog Climate Inc. on business and climate change.

Trista Patterson, Fellow

Trista Pattersion, Fellow of the Center for Governance and SustainabilityTrista Patterson, PhD analyzes economic systems to better align them with the larger natural systems of which they are a part. An economist, policy and systems analyst, her research focuses on the value we assign to nature, and nature’s services–from the price-tagged to the priceless. As part of the United Nations Environment Programme TEEB Initiative, Patterson led sessions of TEEB D4: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (D4 – for citizens) founding the largest social network channel on the value of nature. Additionally, she was a lead author on the United Nations Global Environment Outlook GEO5. Patterson strives to create and use innovate ways of presenting and disseminating information. In her work, she makes use of social media, photography, and crowdsourcing.

Reinmar Seidler, Fellow

Reinmar Seidler is Research Assistant Professor in Environmental Biology at the Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston. His research interests and experience range from butterfly migration and patterns of land use change in the Neotropics, to biodiversity conservation and sustainable landscape design in South Asia. He has published on aspects of tropical forest management, sustainable development, and the changing roles of science in society, and is presently working on strategies for integrating climate change adaptation into development planning in the Himalayas. At UMass Boston, he has developed and co-taught two new graduate seminars within the Biology Department: Conservation Biology for the Anthropocene: Science and Practice, and Sustainability Science: Environment, Economy, Equity. He is also convener of the bi-annual symposium series, ‘Dimensions of Sustainability’, designed to stimulate campus-wide discussion and debate on issues at the interface of science, policy, economics and ethics. He played a role in building the scientific argument against the (recently-defeated) proposal to hold the Olympic Games in Massachusetts. 

Annabell Waititu, Fellow

Annabell Waititu, Fellow of the Center for Governance and SustainabilityWaititu is the executive director of the Institute of Environment and Water Management, a non-governmental organization that focuses on strengthening water governance in Kenya. She is also the regional coordinator of Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) for the Eastern Africa region. She has been managing the implementation of the cooperation agreement between GWA and UN HABITAT in the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Programme and supporting the Water for Africa Cities (WAC) programme. In addition, she is a World Bank consultant on gender mainstreaming. Her work with the Bank involves supporting gender integration in the wider water sector and in the Water and Sanitation Sector Investment Programme (WASSIP). She has a rich experience in research, having work as a researcher for Kenya’s Gender International Law and Justice (GILJ) project on the Right to Water in Kenya. She is also the team leader in a regional research on addressing sanitation challenges in poor urban areas through sustainable technologies, gender integration, and supportive policy frameworks. Waititu is well versed with the regional and international sustainable development processes, having participated actively in various fora of the Africa Union (AU), African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), and UN processes on sustainable development.