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Laura Kuhl

Laura Kuhl is a doctoral candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, focusing on environmental policy and development economics.  She is a recipient of a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship in Water and Diplomacy. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation.

She received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School in May 2011. Her master’s thesis research addressed climate change, disaster risk reduction and flooding in Honduras.  Fieldwork for this project was conducted in coastal Honduras in collaboration with the Fundación Cuero y Salado, the oldest environmental NGO in Honduras.  She also completed a certificate in Water: Systems, Science and Society through the interdisciplinary graduate certificate program at Tufts.  She received her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Middlebury College in 2007. 

Current research projects include a study of technology transfer for adaptation conducted with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and a NOAA-funded project on climate change adaptation, sea level rise and environmental justice communities conducted in collaboration with a team from Tufts University, UMass Amherst and University of Maryland.

Laura has served as a teaching assistant for the Climate Policy course taught by Professor Gallagher and the Sustainable Development Diplomacy course taught by Professor Moomaw and is co-editor of the Resilience Journal: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Science and Humanitarianism, a student-led journal housed at the Fletcher School.


  • Kuhl LN, Kirshen PH, Ruth M, Watson C, Douglas EM. Adapting to Increased Coastal Flooding under Climate Change in Environmental Justice Communities Using Evacuation: Challenges and Best Practice Guidelines. Migitation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. (in review)
  • Politi MC, Pieterse AH, Truant T, Borkhoff C, Jha V, Kuhl L, Nicolai J, Goss C. Interprofessional education about patient decision support in specialty care. Journal of Interprofessional Care 2011; 25(6): 1469-9567.
  • Kuhl LN and Sheridan M. Stigmatized property, clams and community in coastal Ecuador. Journal of Ecological Anthropology 2009; 5(1): 17-38.
  • Kuhl LN, Ettinger B, Rosen CJ, Col NF. Questioning the accuracy of a recent review of osteoporosis medications. Annals of Internal Medicine 2009; 150: 423-424.

Predoctoral Research Fellow


Contact Information

The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155