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Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and International Affairs

Laura Kuhl’s research examines climate adaptation and resilience in developing countries. Prior to Northeastern, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Climate Policy Lab at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has studied innovation, technology transfer and adoption for adaptation as well as mainstreaming adaptation in development policy in East Africa and Central America. Current projects examine global adaptation finance, transformational adaptation, and resilience and transformation in Puerto Rico. She has conducted fieldwork in Latin America, the Caribbean and East Africa and has collaborated with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 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)
  • Kasdan M, Kuhl L, Kurukulasuriya P. The evolution of transformational change in multilateral funds dedicated to financing adaptation to climate change.  Climate and Development, forthcoming.
  • 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.104748
  • Kuhl L. 2020.Technology transfer and adoption for smallholder climate change adaptation: opportunities and challenges. Climate and Development, 12(4) 353-368. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1630349
  • Kuhl L. 2018. Potential contributions of market-systems development initiatives for building climate resilience. World Development.108: 131–144
  • Cohn AS, Newton P, Gil JBD, Kuhl L, Samberg L, Ricciardi V, Manly JR, Northrop S. 2017. Smallholder agriculture and climate change. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 42: doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-environ-102016-060946
  • Moomaw W, Bhandary R, Kuhl L, Verkooijen P. 2016. Sustainable development diplomacy: diagnostics for the negotiation and implementation of sustainable development. Global Policy DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12350.
  • Read L and Kuhl L. 2015. Bringing the elephant into the room: integrating risk into interdisciplinary water programs. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 155: 19-27.
  • Kuhl L, Kirshen PH, Ruth M, Douglas E. 2014. Evacuation as a climate adaptation strategy for environmental justice communities. Climatic Change 3-4: 493-504.
  • Biagini B, Kuhl L, Gallagher KS, Ortiz C. 2014. Technology transfer for adaptation. Nature Climate Change 4(9) 828-834.
  • Gallagher KS, Grubler A, Kuhl L, Nemet G, Wilson C. 2012. The energy technology innovation system. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 37: 137-62.
  • Kuhl L and Sheridan M. 2009. Stigmatized property, clams and community in coastal Ecuador. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 5(1): 17-38
  • 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

    Spring 2022: Tuesday 1:30-2:30 (in person or Zoom), Wednesday 10am-11am (Zoom), or by appointment


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

Max Abrahms

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Amílcar Antonio Barreto

Professor & Chair, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Professor & Interim Director, International Affairs; Professor, Political Science; Affiliated faculty member of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies; Affiliated faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Barry Bluestone

Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor Emeritus of Political Economy; Founding Director of the Dukakis Center; Founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Christopher Bosso

Professor of Public Policy

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Alan Clayton-Matthews

Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy

William Dickens

University Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Joan Fitzgerald

Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Stephen E. Flynn

Professor of Political Science; Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute

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James Alan Fox

Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

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Brian Helmuth

Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy

Timothy Hoff

Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Public Policy

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William Kay

Associate Professor of Political Science

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David Lazer

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences, Co-Director of NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks

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Dietmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Art + Design

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Kwamina Panford

Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies