Kevin P. Gallagher

Faculty Associate
Professor of Global Development Policy, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
(617) 353-9348

Faculty Research Fellowship (2015-2018): Pardee Center Task Force on Trade, Investment, and Climate Policy

The Pardee Task Force on Trade, Investment, and Climate Policy comprised an interdisciplinary group of experts to examine the extent to which proposed trade and investment treaties are compatible with global climate change goals, and articulated a series of policy recommendations that could incorporate progressive climate policy into trade and investment treaties. The Task Force completed its work before the current Administration took office, and focused on the extent to which the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and bilateral investment treaties (BITs) between the U.S. and India, and the U.S. and China presented opportunities and barriers to advancing progressive climate change policies among the parties. As part of this project, Prof. Gallagher convened an international experts’ workshop titled “Reconciling Trade and Climate Change Policy: Opportunities and Challenges” at the Pardee Center in the spring of 2016, and last fall, Prof. Gallagher and the co-organizers synthesized the experts’ findings in a Pardee Center Task Force Report, titled “Trade in the Balance: Reconciling Trade and Climate Policy,” published in electronic format in November 2016. The report emphasizes that trade and investment treaties can be instruments to advance the global climate and development agenda, but that the prevailing model of trade and investment treaties is largely incompatible with the world’s broader climate goals. The authors recommend that the model rules for trade and investment treaties need to be redesigned with an overriding principle to reward climate-friendly modes of economic activity, curb activity that worsens climate change, and provide the proper policy space so that nation states can adequately address the climate challenge.


BA Northeastern University; MA Tufts University; PhD Tufts University


Economic Development, Trade and Investment Policy, International Environmental Policy, Latin America.


Kevin P. Gallagher is a Professor of Global Development Policy at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, where he co-directs the Global Economic Governance Initiative and the Global Development Policy Program.

Kevin P. Gallagher is the author or co-author of six books:

The China Triangle: Latin America’s China Boom and the Fate of the Washington Consensus

Ruling Capital: Emerging Markets and the Reregulation of Cross-Border Finance

The Clash of Globalizations: Essays on Trade and Development Policy

The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization (with Roberto Porzecanski)

The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (with Lyuba Zarsky)

Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond

Gallagher has edited or co-edited a number of books, including Rethinking Foreign Investment for Sustainable Development: Lessons from Latin America (with Daniel Chudnovsky) and Putting Development First: the Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and IFIs.

He is the co-chair of the Task Force on Regulating Capital Flows and has served as an advisor to the Department of State and the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, as well as to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Gallagher has been a visiting or adjunct professor at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico; Tsinghua University in China, and the Center for State and Society in Argentina.

Gallagher is co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy and writes regular columns in the Financial Times and the Guardian.

Follow him on twitter @KevinPGallagher.