Faculty Research Fellows & Faculty Associates

Faculty Research Fellows

Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellows lead two- or three-year interdisciplinary research projects that are aligned with the Center’s mission and interests in topics related to improvements in the human condition over the long-term. The Pardee Center provides “seed funding” for project support and in most cases works with the Faculty Research Fellows to seek additional external funding for continuation of the research.  The Faculty Research Fellows produce Pardee Center publications and lead seminars or other events related to their research.

Gallagher_0822Prof. Kevin P. Gallagher, Pardee School of Global Studies
Faculty Research Fellow (2015-2018)
Pardee Center Task Force on Trade, Investment, and Climate Policy
The Pardee Task Force on Trade, Investment, and Climate Policy will comprise an interdisciplinary group of experts who will examine the extent to which proposed trade and investment treaties are compatible with global climate change goals, and will articulate a series of policy recommendations to ensure that progressive climate policy is incorporated into trade and investment treaties. Specifically, the Task Force will examine the extent to which the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and bi-lateral investment treaties (BITs) between the U.S. and India, and the U.S. and China present opportunities and barriers to advancing progressive climate change policies among the parties. The group will produce a Pardee Center Task Force Report to be published in late 2016.

Prof. Jillian Goldfarb, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering
Prof. Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Environmental Health
Prof. David Glick, Political Science
Faculty Research Fellows (2016-2019)
Integrating Science, Health and Policy to Engineer Global Sustainable Water Access
Global sustainable water management efforts are hampered by technological limitations, insufficient health risk assessments, and untenable policy solutions that lack public support. Access to pathogen-free water is a challenge in rapidly urbanized developing nations where underdeveloped infrastructure encourages water stagnation and microorganism growth. Compounding these issues, both industrialized and developing cities suffer water scarcity (an early implication of climate change) and are investigating water resource management solutions such as greywater reuse, but technological failure of greywater reuse systems could lead to widespread microbial contamination. The team will develop novel materials and processes for the degradation of microorganisms in water for household to industrial scale use in developing and industrialized urban areas. Laboratory results will inform a risk assessment model to predict the impact our technology would have to reduce human health risk due to pathogen exposure. They will perform original survey, interview, and case study research to understand factors influencing support for water reuse policies, and gauge the ability to sway public opinion with information about technological developments that protect both human health and water resources across developing and industrialized populations.

Prof. Sucharita Gopal, Earth & Environment
Prof. Les Kaufman, Biology
Prof. Bruce Anderson, Earth & Environment
Prof. Susan Foster, Public Health
Faculty Research Fellows (2015-2018)
Climate Change and Health Issues in Cambodia and India
This research will explore the connections between climate change and human health impacts in India and Cambodia to help inform policies that may be developed to address related issues. The project will include a meta-analysis of the literature from multiple fields that have examined the connections between climate change and disease, and an analysis of monthly temperature extremes in each country over the past 40 years. This work will provide an understanding of the frequency and distribution of extreme heat in India over that period. Once the research is complete, a workshop in India will potentially be held in collaboration with in-country partners to present the findings. The workshop would facilitate further collaborative research programs between BU and in-country scholars on the health impacts of climate changes, leading to better informed policy decisions the areas of public health and related fields.

Prof. Joseph Harris, Sociology
Faculty Research Fellow (2015-2018)
First Conference on Global Health and the Social Sciences (Fall 2017)
The project will convene the First National Conference on Global Health and the Social Sciences, bringing together anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists working on global health from around the nation and world. The conference is intended to expose participants to colleagues from other disciplines, to new ideas, and to provide the opportunity for scholars to create new research pathways and chart new agendas in conference sessions with both disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes.

Prof. Lucy Hutyra, Earth & Environment
Prof. Pamela Templer, Biology
Faculty Research Fellows (2015-2018)
Boston Nitrogen Deposition Study
This project will establish the first urban nitrogen monitoring stations (in the City of Boston) as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP). Specifically, the project team will establish a new NADP site on the BU campus along with several other sampling sites throughout the city of Boston, and convert a recently established monitoring site at the Arnold Arboretum to a long-term one. This new urban monitoring network fits well within a larger biogeochemistry research program at Boston University, which is seeking to establish a mechanistic understanding of sources and transformations of emissions and deposition of nitrogen within the City of Boston to enable predictions of future atmospheric nitrogen deposition rates.

Richard B. Primack, Biology
Faculty Research Fellow (2016-2019)
Establishing a Pardee Center Working Group on Leaf Emergence and Fall (LEaF)
Warming temperatures are lengthening growing seasons in temperate ecosystems for most trees and shrubs—leaves are emerging earlier in spring and fall later in autumn. These seasonal shifts in leaf activity affect ecological relationships (e.g., species invasions and temporal mismatches among plants, insects, and birds), ecosystem processes (seasonal fluxes of carbon and water), and economic activities (e.g., urban tree investment and tourism to view fall foliage). These impacts, in turn, have important implications for policies regarding forestry, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and economic planning. The Pardee Leaf Emergence and Fall (LEaF) Working Group will gather researchers from multiple departments at Boston University and neighboring institutions, all of whom study some aspect of the timing of leaf-out and leaf-fall, and facilitate dialogues with policy and management experts to accomplish three goals: (1) identify opportunities for interdisciplinary and synthetic collaboration; (2) articulate a research agenda that addresses critical needs and provides research support to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers address these needs; and (3) communicate insights gained from these activities through at least three peer-reviewed articles and several presentations and dialogues with land managers, policy makers, and other scientists.

Prof. Ian Sue Wing, Earth & Environment
Faculty Research Fellow (2015-2018)
Sustainable Energy Transitions Research
Prof. Ian Sue Wing will assist the Pardee Center in pursuing collaborative research partnerships on sustainable energy transitions.

Prof. Min Ye, Pardee School of Global Studies
Faculty Research Fellow (2015-2018)
China’s Silk Road Diplomacy: Studying and Shaping China’s Long-Term Economic Footprints in Asia and Beyond
This project will establish a coordinated, multidisciplinary, policy-relevant program of research on the impacts of various aspects of China’s Silk Road Diplomacy in other developing countries in Asia and elsewhere. This effort will include fieldwork in China, annual workshops, and development of sustainable networks of scholars and practitioners who will collectively identify important issues and policy-relevant insights related to the management of China’s economic footprint.

Faculty Associates

Pardee Center Faculty Associates are affiliated with the Center through their interests in interdisciplinary scholarship and longer-range perspectives on issues related to improving the human condition. Faculty Associates participate in Pardee Center events and programs, and serve as resources for the Center in its outreach and programmatic activities.

Shelley Brown
Faculty Associate

Prof. Odile Cazenave
Faculty Associate
Prof. Cutler Cleveland
Faculty Associate

Prof. André de Quadros
Faculty Associate
Prof. Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler
Faculty Associate
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Prof. Susan Eckstein
Faculty Associate
Prof. Joe Fewsmith
Faculty Associate

Prof. Rachael Garrett
Faculty Associate
Prof. Michael Gevelber
Faculty Associate
Prof. William W. Grimes
Faculty Associate

Prof. Shahla Haeri
Faculty Associate

Jay A. Halfond
Faculty Associate
Prof. Thomas Little
Faculty Associate
Prof. Jim McCann
Faculty Associate; Former Center Director, ad interim
Prof. Eugenio Menegon
Faculty Associate
Prof. Nalin Kulatilaka
Faculty Associate
Prof. Robert Kaufmann
Faculty Associate
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Paul McManus
Faculty Associate
Anna Monahan
Faculty Associate
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Prof. Nathan Phillips

Faculty Associate
Prof. Dana L. Robert
Faculty Associate
Prof. Henrik Selin
Faculty Associate
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Prof. Anne Short
Faculty Associate
Prof. Muhammad  Zaman
Faculty Associate