4 Experts Available for Timely Analysis on International Climate Summit

Director of Membership Engagement

With COP28 (the annual international climate summit convened by the United Nations) kicking off in a few days, all eyes are on the climate crisis and what steps can be taken to combat it.

For reporters covering the summit as well as its potential impact on international climate policies, the following university-based experts are available to provide commentary and analysis. 

University of California, Santa Barbara

Mildenberger's research explores the political drivers of policy inaction in the face of serious social and economic threats posed by global climate change. His work focuses on comparative climate policymaking and the dynamics of US and global climate opinion.

Can comment on: climate and energy policy, global public opinion

Northeastern University

Stephens' research focuses on social-political aspects of renewable energy transformation, climate resilience, reducing fossil-fuel reliance, gender diversity in energy and climate, and social, economic and racial justice in climate and energy policy.

Can comment on: climate justice, fossil fuel phaseout, financial innovation for climate justice, solar geoengineering

Syracuse University

Sultana is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on climate change, water governance, international development and decolonization. Overarching themes in Sultana’s writings include political ecology, environmental justice, citizenship, human rights, and gender relations.

Can comment on: climate justice, loss and damage, climate change and gender, climate change and colonialism, climate adaptation, Global South concerns

University of Pittsburgh
Fernando Tormos

Tormos-Aponte's research focuses on how social movements cope with internal divisions and gain political influence. He specializes in social movements, identity politics, social policy, and disasters. 

Can comment on: climate activism more generally, policy around climate justice (including issues affecting Indigenous populations), loss and damage