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Abby Lindsay

Abby Lindsay

Abby’s research centers on the connections between the international, national, and local scales of environmental policymaking. She engages in practice-oriented research to look at multi-stakeholder decision-making and the movement of policies, technologies, and ideas. Her current research focuses on the use of science and social learning within multi-stakeholder platforms, focusing on four case studies of water governance in Peru.  From 2013-2015, on part of the Center for Environmental Policy, she coordinated the Partnership on Technology Innovation and the Environment, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Defense Fund, and other public and private partners to scale up adoption of water technologies.  Prior to coming to American University, Abby worked at the U.S. State Department on environmental cooperation, where she collaborated with over 15 countries to advance environmental policy and private sector implementation of environmental practices. She has also completed research on renewable energy, climate change policy, sustainable development, global forest governance, and environment and trade.

Why I chose SIS

Global environmental policy is inextricably linked to international politics, economics, and development. SIS gathers experts in a multitude of fields to foster interdisciplinary research learning, and problem solving. By virtue of its location I can stay involved with government, international organizations, and nonprofits, as well as use it as a platform for engaging students.


Previous Education

M.A. in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

B.S. in Environmental Science, University of Mary Washington

International Honors Program (Bangalore, Auckland, Beijing)

Research Interests

Global environmental politics; Water governance; Science and technology studies; International development and cooperation; International negotiations; Environment and trade


My Dissertation

Title: Multi-stakeholder Water Governance: Social Learning, Power, and Practice

Awards and Fellowships

American University Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016-2017

School of International Service ABD Summer Research Award, 2016

Tinker Field Research Grant, 2015

School of International Service Pre-ABD Summer Research Award, 2015

Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning Ideas Incubator Grant (with Ken Conca), 2014

School of International Service Dean's Fellowship, 2013-2017

Foreign Service Exam, passed 2009, offered position 2010 (declined)

Tufts Institute of the Environment Graduate Research Fellowship, 2008

American Planning Association AICP Student Project 2008 Award for project resulting in EPA grant for the City of Salem, Massachusetts

Selected Publications

S. Jinnah, and A. Lindsay, 2016, “Diffusion through Issue Linkage: Environmental Norms in US Trade Agreements,” Global Environmental Politics 16 (3): 41-61.

S. Jinnah, and A. Lindsay, 2015, “Secretariat Influence on Overlap Management Politics in North America: NAFTA and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation,” Review of Policy Research 32 (1): 124-145.

A. Lindsay, 2015, Review of Transnational Climate Change Governance, Eds. Bulkeley, Harriet, Liliana B. Andonova, Michele M. Betsill, Daniel Compagnon, Thomas Hale, Matthew J. Hoffmann, Peter Newell, Matthew Paterson, Charles Roger, and Stacy VanDeveer. 2014. New York: Cambridge University Press. In Global Environmental Politics 15(4): 136-138. 

A. Lindsay, 2012, “Free Trade Agreement Innovations in Environmental Protection and Economic Development,” Working Paper for Bi-Annual Conference, Latin America Society of International Law, Rio de Janeiro.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Urban Water Governance in Peru: Social Learning, Power, and Practice,” Conference Presentation, Association for Environmental Science and Studies Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 8-11, 2016. 

“Addressing Water Challenges: Transnational Water Networks in the Context of Local Politics,” Conference Paper and Presentation, International Studies Association Annual Convention 2015, New Orleans, February 18-21, 2015.

“Trickling Up: Environmental Norm Diffusion from Regional to International Governance,” Conference Paper and Presentation (co-authored with S. Jinnah), International Studies Association Annual Convention 2015, New Orleans, February 18-21, 2015.

“Free Trade Agreement Innovations in Environmental Protection and Economic Development,” Conference Paper and Presentation, Bi-Annual Conference, Latin America Society of International Law, Rio de Janeiro, August 23, 2012.