John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies; Director of Center for Governance and Sustainability (USA, Bulgaria)
Maria Ivanova is an international relations and global environmental governance scholar. Her research focuses on international environmental institutions and their performance, environmental sustainability, and the science-policy interface. She has researched and written extensively about the United Nations Environment Programme. She now studies the implementation of global environmental conventions and the policy processes around the Sustainable Development Goals, and along with her team has created the Environmental Conventions Index assessing countries' performance across six global environmental conventions. She was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General created by Ban Ki-moon in 2012. She is a board member of the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Global Young Academy, and the Millennium Institute, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She serves as ambassador for the New Shape Prize of the Global Challenges Foundation.
Ivanova holds a PhD (with distinction) and two master's degrees, in international relations and environmental management, from Yale University, and a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Last Updated: August 2, 2017