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Mihaela Papa

Mihaela Papa is a Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the Fletcher School and an Overseas Member of the Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. Dr. Papa’s research focuses on two contemporary challenges of global governance: sustainable development and the rise of new powers. Her dissertation examined the use of forum shopping as a negotiation strategy in ineffective international environmental institutions and its role in institutional change. During her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Law School, she investigated the rise of new powers in global governance from a legal perspective. She is currently engaged in several projects on rising powers’ legal cooperation and practices with the Center for BRICS Studies in Shanghai, where she spent six months in 2013, and with Prof. Andrew Hurrell and the PRIMO project at Oxford University. Dr. Papa has taught global governance, the BRICS and sustainable development courses at Brandeis University’s graduate policy school, Boston University’s undergraduate IR program, Fudan University in China and University of Geneva in Switzerland. She has been recently awarded a grant from the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project to develop a complex multiparty negotiation game for executive education. Dr. Papa has also worked for the European Commission (expert evaluator), International Institute for Sustainable Development (consultant) and the Croatian Foreign Ministry (multilateral affairs officer). 

Research Interests

  • Negotiation strategy
  • BRICS/rising powers in global governance
  • Climate change, sustainable development
  • Forum shopping diplomacy
  • Globalization of law and legal profession
  • Evolution of global governance

Lecturer in Sustainable Development

Mihaela Papa

Contact Information 

The Fletcher School 
Cabot Center 
160 Packard Avenue 
Medford, MA, 02155

Selected Publications