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Simone Pulver

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California
Director, Environmental Leadership Incubator

Simone Pulver is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and also holds an MA in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, as well as a BA in Physics from Princeton University. Dr. Pulver’s principal areas of specialization are global environmental politics, organizational theory, and the sociology of development. More narrowly, her research focuses on the engagement of non-state actors, including firms, non-governmental organizations and scientific experts, in climate change politics at international and national levels and in industrialized and developing-country settings. Her current research investigates clean energy investments by developing-country firms in India and Brazil under the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism. In the past, her work has focused on the roles played by transnational oil corporations and transnational environmental advocacy NGOs in the UN climate negotiations. Before coming to UC Santa Barbara, Dr. Pulver was the Joukowsky Family research professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and with a joint appointment in the Brown University Center for Environmental Studies.