Maria Ivanova is assistant professor of global governance at the Department of
Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance of the McCormack Graduate
School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. She is co-director of the Center for
Governance and Sustainability and director of the Global Environmental Governance
Project. 

Professor Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar
specializing in governance and sustainability. She focuses on international
organizations, US foreign environmental policy, UN reform, and sustainability on campuses
and in organizations. Her career, marked by teaching excellence and policy leadership,
has bridged academia and policy. Her academic work analyzes the history and performance
of the international environmental architecture and the evolution of US international
environmental policy. Her policy work seeks to bring analytical rigor and innovative
input to the international negotiations on reforming the UN system for environmental
governance. Professor Ivanova convened the 2009 Global Environmental Governance Forum in
Glion, Switzerland gathering eighty environmental leaders from around the world,
including the five successive executive directors of the United Nations Environment
Programme. She was elected twice (in 2009 and 2010) to represent North American civil
society at the UN Environment Programme’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial
Environment Forum and was instrumental in the creation of the UNEP Civil Society Advisory
Group on International Environmental Governance. She also serves as coordinating lead
author for the policy chapter of the landmark environmental assessment – Global
Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) – produced by UNEP. 

From 2005 to 2010, Professor Ivanova was on the faculty at the College of William and
Mary in Virginia. She was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars in 2009–2010. Previously, she worked at the Environment Directorate of the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and at the Swedish
Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the
Ecologic Institute in Berlin and of the World Transformation Initiatives. Professor
Ivanova is the recipient of the 2007 Professor of the Year Award (from Members 13, a
student organization at the College of William and Mary), the 2010 Mary Lyon Award from
Mount Holyoke College and the 2010 Goddess Artemis Award from the Euro-American Women’s
Council. 

Articles

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Institutional design and UNEP reform: historical insights on form, function and financing, International Affairs (2012)

Large-scale environmental problems captured the world’s attention in the early 1970s, as countries recognized the...

 

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UNEP in Global Environmental Governance: Design, Leadership, Location, Global Environmental Politics (2010)

As debates on reform of global environmental governance intensify, the future of the United Nations...

 

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Reclaiming U.S. Leadership in Global Environmental Governance, SAIS Review of International Affairs (2008)

The United States entered the 21st century actively pursuing a “go-it-alone” approach to international relations....

 

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Designing the United Nations Environment Programme: A Story of Compromise and Confrontation, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (2007)

The role of the United Nations in global environmental governance was determined in 1972 when...

 

Book Chapters

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Globalization and Environmental Stewardship: A Global Governance Perspective (with Daniel Esty), A Handbook of Globalisation and Environmental Policy: Interventions of National Government in a Global Arena (2012)
 

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UNEP as Anchor Organization for the Global Environment, International Organizations in Global Environmental Governance (2009)
 

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Climate Change: National Interests or a Global Regime? (with Christiana Figueres), Global Environmental Governance: Options & Opportunities. (2002)
 

Popular Press

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Film: Quest for Leadership, Executive Producer: Maria Ivanova & Directed and Produced by Joseph Ageyo (2010)

Films Executive Producer of "Quest for Leadership". Directed and produced by Joseph Ageyo. Nairobi, Kenya....

 

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Film: Global Environmental Governance: Quest for Symphony, Executive Producer: Maria Ivanova & Directed by Joseph Ageyo Produced by Global Media, Ltd (2009)

Executive producer of Global Environmental Governance: Quest for Symphony. Directed by Joseph Ageyo. Produced by...

 

Presentations

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Center for Governance and Sustainability: Policy Impact through Rigorous Analysis (with Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston; Craig Murphy; and Michael Denney), Office of Community Partnerships Posters (2013)

Three main functions define the center:

  • Serves as an information hub
  • Provides rigorous analysis
  • ...
 

Research Reports

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Activities and Achievements: Progress Report 2011-2013 (with Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston; Craig Murphy; James Gustave Speth; Christiana Figueres; and Alice Odingo), Center for Governance and Sustainability Publications (2013)

We joined the University of Massachusetts Boston in the fall of 2010 to develop a...

 

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Global Environmental Outlook 5, United Nations Environment Programme: Chapter 17, Global Responses (with Ivar Baste, Bernice Lee, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Ibrahim Abdel Gelil, Joyeeta Gupta, Peter M. Haas, Zerisenay Habtezion, Achim Halpaap, Jennifer Clare Mohamed-Katerere, Peter King, Marcel Kok, Marcus Lee, Trista Patterson, Vivien Campal, Bradnee Chambers, Melissa Goodall, Slobodan Milutinovic, and Felix Preston), Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance Faculty Publication Series (2012)

Global environmental change such as climate change and the degradation of ecosystem services is heightening...

 

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Global Responses." Global Environmental Outlook 5. Nairobi, United Nations Environment Programme (with Ivar Baste, Bernice Lee, Satishkumar Belliethathan, Ibrahim Abdel Gelil, Joyeeta Gupta, Peter M. Haas, Zerisenay Habtezion, Achim Halpaap, Jennifer Clare Mohamed-Katerere, Peter King, Marcel Kok, Marcus Lee, Trista Patterson, Vivien Campal, Bradnee Chambers, Melissa Goodall, Slobodan Milutinovic, and Felix Preston) (2012)
 

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Brief 1: Financing International Environmental Governance: Lessons from the United Nations Environment Programme, Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series (2011)

Financing for the global environment is scattered among many institutions and, without an overview of...

 

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Global Governance in the 21st Century: Rethinking the Environmental Pillar, Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance Faculty Publication Series (2011)

The United Nations was created in 1945 without an environmental body. Almost thirty years later,...