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Professor, UMass Boston

Maria Ivanova is Associate Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. Her work focuses on the performance of international institutions, implementation of international environmental agreements, and sustainability. She has studied the United Nations Environment Programme and the international efforts on climate change. Her current work examines national performance on global environmental conventions. From 2014 to 2018, Ivanova served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General. She was a coordinating lead author for the policy chapter of the fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5). Ivanova is the Chair of the Board of UN University’s Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. In 2018, she chaired the jury for the $5 million New Shape Prize for global governance by the Global Challenges Foundation.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of International Relations and Environmental Policy, University of Massachusetts Boston