As a Research Center at a public research university, the unifying goal of all our research is to support evidence-based climate decisions, policy, and action in the Commonwealth and beyond. We welcome the opportunity to serve as a resource for policymakers and also research the impact our work has on climate change decision-making in Massachusetts and around the world.

Meet Our Faculty

  • Jasmina Burek
    Assistant Professor, CWW Associate
    Mechanical Engineering, Center for Women and Work (CWW), Climate Change Initiative (CCI)

    Applying engineering and decision-making models to find solutions to climate change and environmental problems, energy and process modeling, multi-objective optimization, sustainability, system modeling and optimization for energy resilience, life cycle assessment (LCA), techno-economic analysis (TEA), climate smart housing, food insecurity in the cold supply chain, and handprint assessment.

  • Tao (Tony) Gao, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, Climate Change Initiative

    Buyer-supplier relationship; marketing innovations; mobile marketing; international marketing; emerging markets.

  • Jarrod Hayes, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Political Science, Climate Change Initiative

    International Security, Foreign Policy, Global Environmental Politics

  • Kelly Hellman, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Economics, Climate Change Initiative

    Environmental Economics and Policy, Risk, Natural Hazards, Disaster Mitigation, Climate Change

  • George Joseph, Ph.D., CA
    Associate Professor
    Accounting, Climate Change Initiative, SCORE

    Cost Management, Institutions and Sustainability

  • David Kingsley, Ph.D.
    Chair, Associate Professor
    Economics, SWIMMER, Global Studies, Climate Change Initiative

    Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Policy

  • Arie Perliger, Ph.D.
    Professor and Director of Security Studies
    School of Criminology and Justice Studies, Climate Change Initiative

    Political Violence and Extremism, Security Policy and Politics, Far-Right Politics (Europe, US and Israel), Political Socialization, Middle Eastern Politics, Research Methodology (SNA).

  • Juliette Rooney-Varga, Ph.D.
    Professor, Director - Climate Change Initiative
    Environmental Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Climate Change Initiative, Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy

    Climate Change and Sustainability, Microbial Ecology, Biogeochemistry

  • David Turcotte, Sc.D.
    Research Professor; Director, Healthy Homes Program; Principal Investigator, The New England Consortium (TNEC)

    Sustainable housing, environmental and occupational health, community economic development

  • John Wooding
    Emeritus Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Acting Director 2016-17
    Political Science, Climate Change Initiative

    Public Policy, International Political Economy, British PoliticsĀ