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Faculty, International Relations Online
PhD, School of International Service, American University

MA, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

MA, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

BS, Environmental Science, University of Mary Washington

Dr. Abby Lindsay Ostovar is a Masters International Online faculty member, teaching sustainable development and global environmental politics, with a focus on water and climate policy. Her current research focuses on collaborative governance efforts, asking when and how stakeholders reach and voluntarily implement agreements, and exploring the linkages between participation, legitimacy, and justice. Through comparative case analysis of river basin councils in Peru, she argues that reproducing asymmetrical sociopolitical patterns within water management could cause Peru to miss opportunities to increase adaptive capacity and ensure future sustainability of water supplies in a socially-just manner. Abby is an Earth Systems Governance Research Fellow and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. From 2013-2015 she was the Coordinator of the Partnership on Technology Innovation and the Environment for the Center for Environmental Policy, a collaborative effort with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Defense Fund, and other public and private partners currently focused on scaling up water technology adoption. 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 protection and private sector implementation of environmental technologies and practices. She has also completed research on renewable energy, climate change policy, sustainable development, global forest governance, and environment and trade.
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