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David D. Sussman

Associate Professor, Tokai University

David D. Sussman is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Studies at Tokai University, and a Fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Recently a Visiting Scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) at Tufts University, he is a scholar-practitioner whose core research examines global interconnectivity, linking consumers’ use of material resources to the environmental and social impacts in communities where they are sourced. Additional areas of study include the use of behavioral nudges to improve household energy consumption, and the relationship between material flows of metals and the SDGs. David has also designed and taught courses on natural resource conflicts and forced migration at Tufts University. His previous experience working with the academic, public and private sectors includes time as a fellow at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation, consultant to the World Bank, and writer for the International Institute for Sustainable Development. David was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and Presidential Management Fellowship, and earned his B.A from Dartmouth College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.


  • –present
    Visiting Scholar, Tufts University


  • 2015 
    Tufts University / Fletcher School, PhD in International Relations