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

Katja doose

Visiting Fellow & Lecturer


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.