UMass Boston Professor Appointed to U.N. Scientific Advisory Board

Office of Communications | October 09, 2013
Maria Ivanova is the co-director of UMass Boston's Center for Governance and Sustainability.

Maria Ivanova is the co-director of UMass Boston's Center for Governance and Sustainability.
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Maria Ivanova One of 26 Members of New International Panel

UMass Boston professor Maria Ivanova, an internationally recognized expert on governance and sustainability, has been appointed to the new United Nations Scientific Advisory Board by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ivanova, a resident of Boston, is one of 26 members appointed to the new Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, which is comprised of experts from the natural, social, and human sciences. The new advisory board is designed to “strengthen the interface between science and policy, so that the latest scientific findings are reflected in our high-level policy discussions,” the Secretary-General said.

“Governments have been exploring ways to improve the science-policy interface for sustainability, and the creation of the UN Scientific Advisory Board is a very positive development,” Ivanova said. “Contemporary global problems require innovative solutions that combine insights from a number of fields. The board will seek to bring such innovation from the academy into the global policy process.”

“Maria’s appointment is another example of UMass Boston’s global leadership on the most crucial issues facing our world today,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “We are thrilled for Maria, and we know her brilliant, thoughtful approach to governance and sustainability issues will be greatly valued by the UN.”

Ivanova, an international relations and environmental policy scholar specializing in global environmental governance, was appointed to a two-year term, with the possibility of an additional two-year extension. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at UMass Boston. She is co-director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability, based at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

Ivanova also co-founded the Global Environmental Governance Project in 1998 while a graduate student at Yale University. Prior to joining UMass Boston, she was on the faculty at the College of William and Mary.

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