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Kalim U. Shah, PhD

Director, Island Policy Lab and Assistant Professor of Energy & Environmental Policy, University of Delaware

Dr Shah is a recognized expert on public policy, regulation and governance in small island jurisdictions. As an institutional theorist, his research addresses science-based policy and regulatory design and administration for climate change, pollution prevention, clean technology, industrialization and sustainable production and consumption. His new work is on the effectiveness of tools such as technology needs assessments and regulatory impact assessments for informing policy decisions.

Dr. Shah was appointed as the Coordinator of the Universities Consortium of Small Island States, a UN Multi-stakeholder Partnership and served as Coordinating Lead Author for Environmental Policy Assessment of the UN Global Environmental Outlook 6 Report. He is the President of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association. He is an active member of the AAAS Caribbean Committee.

Dr. Shah’s expertise continues to be called upon in the international sphere, where he has provided expert advice, research and analysis for organizations including the World Bank Group, InterAmerican Development Bank, United Nations Development Program, Pan-American Health Organization and various governments of island countries including Guyana and Suriname where he designed the national climate change policies.

Dr Shah received his PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University with his dissertation on corporate sustainability and regulatory environmental management.  He received his MSc in Natural Resource Management from the University of the West Indies and BSc in Natural Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

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Academic Committee

Professor, School of Marine Science & Policy
Director, Coastal Sediments, Hydrodynamics and Engineering Lab (CSHEL)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences 
Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment
Director, Minerals, Materials and Society Program
Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Director of Landscape Architecture

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