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Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and International Affairs

Laura Kuhl’s research examines climate adaptation and sustainable transitions in the United States and internationally. She is particularly interested in questions of power and equity in processes of transformation across multiple scales from individual decision-making to international policymaking. Current work focuses on climate finance, particularly adaptation finance, energy equity after crises, and transformational adaptation.

  • CSSH Outstanding Teaching Award, 2022
  • Peter Ackerman Award, Outstanding doctoral dissertation demonstrating scholarly merit, originality, and contribution to the field and to society, The Fletcher School (2017)
  • NSF Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Training Fellowship, Water Diplomacy Program (2011-2013)
  • Kuhl L and Shinn JE. 2022.Transformational adaptation and country ownership: competing priorities in international adaptation finance. Climate Policy.
  • Kuhl L. A call for the sustainable transitions community to engage with adaptation. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 41, 60-63.
  • Kuhl L, Rahman MF, Mcrain S, Krause D, Hossain MF, Bahadur A, Huq S. 2021. Transformational adaptation in the context of coastal cities. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 46: 449-479.
  • Sotolongo M, Kuhl L, Baker S. 2021. Using environmental justice to inform disaster recovery: Vulnerability and electricity restoration in Puerto Rico. Environmental Science and Policy, 122: 59-71.
  • Kuhl L. 2021. Policymaking under scarcity: reflections for designing socially-just climate adaptation policy, One Earth 4(2): 202-212.
  • Kasdan M, Kuhl L, Kurukulasuriya P. 2021.The evolution of transformational change in multilateral funds dedicated to financing adaptation to climate change.  Climate and Development, 13(5): 427-442.
  • Jones L, Kuhl L, Matthews N. 2020. Addressing power and scale in resilience programming: a call to engage across funding, delivery and evaluation. The Geographic Journal, 186 (4), 415-423
  • Stratton AE, Kuhl L, Blesh J. 2020. Ecological and nutritional functions of agroecosystems as indicators of smallholder resilience. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 4, 173
  • Kuhl L, van Maanen K, Scyphers S. 2020. An analysis of UNFCCC-financed coastal adaptation projects: Assessing patterns of project design and contributions to adaptive capacity. World Development 127: 10478.
  • Kuhl L. 2020.Technology transfer and adoption for smallholder climate change adaptation: opportunities and challenges. Climate and Development, 12(4) 353-368.
  • Kuhl L. 2018. Potential contributions of market-systems development initiatives for building climate resilience. World Development.108: 131–144.
  • Education

    PhD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
    MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
    BA, Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Middlebury College

  • Contact

  • Address

    360V Renaissance Park
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Tuesday 1pm-2pm
    Wednesday 2pm-3pm
    In person or on Zoom


Course catalog
  • Offers a senior research and writing seminar that integrates and assesses the knowledge and skills developed by students participating in the international affairs curriculum, including both experiential (co-op, Dialogue of Civilizations, study abroad, internship, or other approved international experience) and classroom-based components. Requires student self-reflection as well as new research, analysis, and writing, which culminate in a final paper and presentation. Topics include contemporary global issues and draw on relevant literature in the disciplines relating to international affairs.

Laura’s Colleagues