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Cleo Verkuijl Visiting Fellow

Cleo Verkuijl is a Scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute, where her research focuses on legal and political dimensions of UN sustainable development policy. 

At Harvard, she is researching the interlinkages between animal welfare and sustainable development, including issues related to climate change, biodiversity, and One Health, and how animal welfare can be better reflected in international governance.

Cleo has published extensively on climate change law and policy. She was a coordinating lead author of the first two UN Production Gap Reports, which helped draw international attention to the discrepancy between Paris Agreement targets and countries’ plans and projections for fossil fuel extraction. She is also co-leading a UN report on the implications of alternative protein for sustainable development. 

A Team Leader and Writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2015, Cleo has reported on dozens of UN negotiating sessions including on climate change, ozone, and the Sustainable Development Goals. She has taught environmental law and policy as Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, and as a tutor for the University of Edinburgh. She has worked for the UN Environment Programme in Brussels and was a policy officer with the NGO network Climate Action Network International during the Paris climate negotiations.

Cleo holds an LL.M. in Global Environment and Climate Law (Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh.

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