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

Katja doose

Visiting Fellow & Lecturer


Katja Doose is a research fellow at the department for Russian Environmental Studies in the School for Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. There she works in a project on the Soviet history of climate change science. She holds a PhD in Eastern European History from the University of Tübingen. From 2015-2017 she has been a fellow of the ZEIT Foundation.

Her research focuses on: the history of the Soviet Union, in particular its environmental history including disasters and climate change as well as urban history. 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). Since October 2018, Katja has been a fellow at the Graduate Institute for the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) and as of the fall semester 2019, Katja Doose is a lecturer in the MINT programme.


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.