With this award, Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities recognizes Laura Kuhl’s dedication to experiential education at the intersection of environmental policy and global politics. Laura has inspired her students in multiple modalities, from thoughtfully crafted online capstones to a pioneering pop-up course that brought students into the heart of the United Nations’ climate negotiations. The committee valued the remarkable number of students championing her constructive guidance and enriching class activities, including immersive dialogues with sustainability practitioners from Europe and Asia. Laura’s students come away from her courses prepared to act on the most urgent threats to our planet.
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).