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 former director of Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center/Network (HoA-REC&N) and was dean of the science faculty at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 2004 to 2008. 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. In collaboration with Araya Asfaw, the Center has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and USAID. 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 adjunct professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Human Service at Ramapo College, New Jersey and the University of Maine Law School. A sociologist by training, 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.Johnson served as a member of the European Parliament between 1979 and 1984 where he was vice-chairman of the Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Consumer Protection. 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). In 2012 Stanley was awarded the WWF Silver Medal and in 2015 he received the RSPB's Medal for Services to Nature Conservation' and the WWF Leaders of the Living Planet Award. He also 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.

Niko Urho, Senior Fellow

Niko Urho was a Senior Officer in the Ministry of the Environment of Finland until August 2017 where he developed and promoted international environmental policies with a special focus on the governance of biodiversity and of chemicals and waste. He participated actively in the development of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem services (IPBES) and is coordinating a project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers to provide input to the formulation of an international post-2020 framework for sound management of chemicals and waste. He is member of the Executive Boards of two UNEP's programs that aim to support sound management of chemicals and waste in developing countries.

Faculty Fellows

J. Samuel Barkin, Faculty Fellow

J. Samuel Barkin, Faculty Fellow of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass Boston.J. Samuel Barkin is professor and chair of 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 Sustainability

Kamal Bawa is distinguished professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and founder-president of the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) that has been ranked as #18 globally and #2 in Asia among the world’s environment think tanks. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and 11 authored or edited books and monographs. 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. Among the many awards he has received are: Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (2009), Charles Bullard (twice 1972, 2010) and Maria Moore Cabot Fellowships (1973) at Harvard University, Guggenheim Fellowship (1987), Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment (1992), the world’s first prize in sustainability--the Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science from the Royal Norwegian Society of Letters and Sciences (2012), and the international MIDORI Prize in Biodiversity (2014) from the Aeon Foundation in Japan at the United Nations Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The two professional societies in his field, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and Society for Conservation Biology has bestowed on him their highest awards. The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation elected him as its President and then as an Honorary Fellow; he has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. The University of Massachusetts Boston has honored him twice: he has received the Chancellor’s Award for distinction in scholarship as well as the Chancellor’s Award for distinction in professional service. In 2014, the University of Alberta honored him by conferring an honorary doctor of science degree. Kamal Bawa is an elected fellow of several science academies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012), the Royal Norwegian Society of Letters and Sciences (2012), and Royal Society of London (2015). He has headed or served on a number scientific panels, and he currently serves on the governing boards of several national and international organizations.


Satishkumar Belliethathan, Fellow

Satishkumar Belliethathan, Fellow of the Center for Governance and SustainabilitySatishkumar Belliethathan is Assistant professor at the Center for Environmental Sciences at Addis Ababa University. He is a founding member 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 and has continued to engage in this field. 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 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 Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness 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 Pattersion is Senior Economist and Senior Advisor to the Managing Director of Grid Arendal (a partner organization of UN Environment). She analyzes economic systems to better align them with the larger natural systems of which they are a part. As 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.

Reinmar Seidler, Fellow

Reinmar Seidler is Lecturer of Biology at the College of Science and Mathematics, 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, evolutionary biology and sustainable landscape design in South Asia. His most recent research focuses on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and rural livelihoods in the Eastern Himalaya. 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 SustainabilityAnnabell 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.