The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Mihaela Papa


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Environmental Policy, Climate Change, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Coalitions, Regulatory Crises, Global Governance, Rising Powers - BRICS, International Institutions, Diplomacy


  • HS 202f - Climate Change, Global Governance, and Justice
  • HS 226f - Environment and Conflict
  • HS 286f - Multilaterals, the BRICS, and New Development Trends
  • HS 325f - The Right to Water


  • Tufts University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Zagreb

Mihaela Papa



Mihaela Papa teaches sustainable development and conflict resolution courses in two MA programs: Sustainable International Development (SID) and Coexistence and Conflict (COEX). She has extensive research, teaching and policy experience in these fields. Her research has been focused on negotiating and implementing effective policy responses to climate change (PhD in International Relations, Tufts University) and on the engagement of rising powers/BRICS in global policymaking (postdoctoral fellowship, Harvard Law School). She has published on these issues in peer-reviewed journals including Global Environmental Change and Climate Policy.

Mihaela's career has bridged academia and policy, and she regularly provides strategic advice to governments developing policies in areas of her expertise. She has also worked for the European Commission (expert evaluator for climate change projects), International Institute for Sustainable Development (consultant) and the Croatian Foreign Ministry (multilateral affairs officer). Currently, she serves as an Overseas Member of the Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, where she visited for six months in 2013 and where she teaches every summer. A lot of her ongoing work is focused on the BRICS countries, their coalitional behavior and their efforts to redefine the sustainable development agenda.

Mihaela is passionate about teaching and has taught sustainable development and global governance courses at Tufts University, Boston University, University of Geneva, and Fudan University. She likes using negotiation simulations and small group projects, and has a grant from the Harvard Kennedy School to develop a new simulation of coalition building in complex multiparty negotiations.


  • Papa, Mihaela. "Sustainable Global Governance? Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Institutions." Global Environmental Politics 15. 4 (2015): 1-20.
  • Papa, Mihaela. "BRICS as Agents for Change in Global Governance: The Case of Investment Arbitration." Global Governance: Critical Legal Perspectives. Ed. G. De Burca et al.. Portland: Hart Publishing, 2014. Chapter 19.
  • Papa, Mihaela. "BRICS’ Pursuit of Multipolarity: Response in the United States." Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences 7. 3 (2014): 363-380.
  • Bruetsch, Christian and Papa, Mihaela. "Deconstructing the BRICS: Bargaining Coalition, Imagined Community or Geopolitical Fad?." Chinese Journal of International Politics 6. 3 (2013): 299-327.
  • Papa, Mihaela. "Emerging Powers in International Dispute Settlement: From Legal Capacity Building to a Level Playing Field?." Journal of International Dispute Settlement 4. 1 (2013): 83-109.
  • Papa, Mihaela. "Environmental Foreign Policy: Crossovers among Multiple Levels of Governance." Handbook of Global Environmental Politics. Ed. Paul Harris. London: Routledge, 2013. Chapter 11.
  • Wilkins, David and Papa, Mihaela. "The Rise of the Corporate Legal Elite in the BRICS: Implications for Global Governance." Boston College Law Review 54. (2013): 1149.
  • Moomaw, William and Papa, Mihaela. "A Mutual Gains Approach to a Successful Climate Treaty: The Role of Universal Access to Clean Energy Services." Climate Policy 12. 4 (2012): 505- 520.
  • Papa, Mihaela and Gleason, W. Nancy. "Major Emerging Powers in Sustainable Development Diplomacy: Assessing Their Leadership Potential." Global Environmental Change 22. 4 (2012): 915-924.
  • Papa, Mihaela and Wilkins, David. "Globalization, Lawyers and India: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis of Globalization Studies and the Sociology of the Legal Profession." International Journal of the Legal Profession 18. 3 (2011): 175-209.
  • Papa, Mihaela. "Environmental Foreign Policy: Towards a Conceptual Framework." Environmental Change and Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice. Ed. Paul Harris. London: Routledge, 2009
  • Najam, Adil, Papa, Mihaela and Nadaa Taiyab. Global Environmental Governance: A Reform Agenda. Winnipeg, Canada International Institute for Sustainable Development: 2006.
  • Papa, Mihaela. "Rethinking Conflict Prevention in South Eastern Europe: An Emerging Environmental Security Agenda." Journal of South Eastern and Black Sea Studies 6. 3 (2006): 315-333.