The CIES welcomes regularly visiting fellows and has several external affiliated researchers. 

Katja doose

Visiting Fellow & Lecturer

Katja Doose

Katja Doose is an environmental historian and currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Fribourg, where she works on an SNF funded project on the history of Soviet glaciology. Prior to that she has held positions at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and at the University of Birmingham. She holds a PhD in Eastern European History from the University of Tübingen. 

Her research focuses on the history of climate science in the late 19th and 20th century as well as related Russian debates on the Anthropocene. Her recent publications include ‘Natural and anthropogenic climate change understanding in the Soviet Union, 1960s-1980s‘ (with Jonathan Oldfield, 2018)); `The Armenian Earthquake of 1988: A perfect Stage for the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict`(Europe-Asia Studies, 2018); ‘Spitak: the last petrified Soviet Utopia’, in: Tigran Harutyunyan, Architectural Guide Yerevan (2017). And she is the author of the book "Tectonics of the Perestroika. The 1988 earthquake and the political re-ordering processes" (2019). 

Since 2018, Katja has been an affiliated researcher at the Graduate Institute's Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) and has been a lecturer in the MINT programme in the academic year 2019-2020.

YiXian Sun 

Affiliated Researcher

Yixian Sun

Yixian Sun is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, and an affiliate of the Yale MacMillan Center Council on East Asian Studies. He holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree in International Relations / Political Science, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, and he is also affiliated with its Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES). His research has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

His research interests include transnational governance, environmental politics, and sustainable consumption and production. He seeks to explain whether and how private governance initiatives can help large emerging economies, China in particular, achieve sustainability transitions. His work has been published in the Review of International Political Economy, Global Environmental Politics, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Besides his research, he is also a writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, having attended various meetings of multilateral environmental treaties.


francesca falco

Visiting Fellow

Francesca Falco

After her law studies at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and Geneva University, Francesca Falco worked five years as an associate lawyer with an international law firm, focusing on Italian and EU environmental and energy law. In 2016, She went back to academia and did an interdisciplinary MA in Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University, where she is currently pursuing her PhD on biodiversity conservation policy. Using satellite imagery and econometrics tools, she is investigating how the EU Natura 2000 network of protected sites affects landscape composition and diversity in agricultural areas, which are crucial variables in determining farmland biodiversity outcomes and preserving ecosystem services. Under the supervision of Prof. Anne Saab, Francesca joins CIES as visiting fellow as of October 2020, for a year.


Dario piselli

Affiliated Researcher

Dario Piselli

Dario is a Ph.D. candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of Geneva and an Affiliated Researcher at its Centre for International Environmental Studies. A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in Environment and Development) and of the University of Siena (JD, cum laude), his main areas of expertise include international environmental law and governance, trade, climate change, global health and social-ecological resilience.

Since 2012, Dario has collaborated with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), first as a Project Member of SDSN Mediterranean and most recently as the Project Leader for Solutions Initiatives of SDSN Youth. In 2017, he was a co-recipient of an Erasmus+ Grant for Jean Monnet Modules (project title: European Union Law and Sustainable Development) and is now the Module’s programme manager. From 2016 to 2018, Dario has worked as a Research Officer at the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute, focusing on a 2-year research project aimed at exploring the evolution of the global health governance regime and its effectiveness in dealing with present and future challenges including HIV/AIDS, Ebola and antimicrobial resistance.


Eléonore Maitre-Ekern

Visiting Fellow


Eléonore Maitre-Ekern is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo with a project entitled ‘Futuring Nordic Sustainable Business Models’ (Futuring Nordics). Eléonore holds a PhD in law from the University of Oslo that examined Europe’s policy and regulatory framework for a circular economy.

Her postdoctoral research aims to explore the sustainability of the circular economy and to develop the policy and legal framework to enable and promote sustainable circular business models in the Nordic countries. One of the main models that the research will focus on is that of repair.

Tim Flannery

Visiting Professor

Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is the Graduate Institute’s Fondation Segré Distinguished Visiting Professor.

He is one of the world’s most prominent environmentalists. Currently professor at Melbourne University Sustainability Institute, Professor Flannery has taught at Harvard University and has advised governments both in Australia and Canada. In 2007 he established and co-chaired the Copenhagen Climate Council, and in 2011 was appointed Australia’s first Climate Commissioner.

Tim Flannery has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award winning The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into over 20 languages. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly writes for the New York Review of Books. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia and Melanesian Pigeon, and has over 20 years of experience as an explorer and biologist in New Guinea and surrounding countries, and has extensive knowledge of the region. His most recent book, which deals with carbon negative technologies, is Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for solutions to the climate crisis.

Professor Flannery has served on the board of WWF International, as an advisor to the National Geographic Society, and the Prince of Monaco Foundation.  He has also been on Siemens’ International Sustainability Advisory Board and The Climate Group (Australia). He currently serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of Tata Power (India’s largest privately owned energy company), as scientific advisor to Magaldi Solar (Italy) and the Fondation Segre (Switzerland).

In 2007 he was named ‘Australian of the Year’, arguably Australia’s highest honour. He delivered the 2002 Australia Day Address to the nation. In 2011 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles, and in 2015 received the Jack Blayney Award for Dialog from Simon Fraser University, Canada. In 2013 he founded, and is now chief councilor, of the Australian Climate Council, Australia’s largest and most successful crowdfunded organisation.