Logo for Climate Social Science Network (CSSN)


Kelly Sims Gallagher

Climate Policy Lab, The Fletcher School

Based in

United States
North America

Kelly Sims Gallagher is Academic Dean and Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School. She directs the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher. She served in the second term of Obama Administration as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office at the U.S. State Department. Her most recent book is Titans of the Climate (The MIT Press, with Xuan Xiaowei).

How to Connect



Gallagher KS, Xuan X. 2019. “Titans of the Climate: Explaining Policy Process in the United States and China,” MIT Press.

Gallagher KS2014. “The Globalization of Clean Energy Technology: Lessons from China,” MIT Press.

Gallagher KS. 2009. “Acting in Time on Energy Policy,” Brookings Institution Press.

Gallagher KS. 2006. “China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development,” MIT Press.


Bhandary RR, Gallagher KS, Zhang F. 2021. “Climate finance policy in practice: a review of the evidence,” Climate Policy. 2021;21(4):529-545.

Gallagher KS, Bhandary R, Narassimhan E, Nguyen QT. 2021. “Banking on coal? Drivers of demand for Chinese overseas investments in coal in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam,” Energy Research & Social Science. 2021;71:101827.

Myslikova Z, Gallagher KS. 2020. “Mission Innovation is mission critical,” Nature Energy. 2020;5(10):732-734.

Gallagher KS, Zhang F, Orvis R, Rissman J, Liu Q. 2019. “Assessing the Policy gaps for achieving China’s climate targets in the Paris Agreement,” Nature Communications. 2019;10(1):1256.

Gallagher KS, Perry K, van der Wansem M, Kuhl L, Frapaise L. 2019. “Analysis of International Funding for Haiti’s Climate Change Priorities,” Social Science Research Network; 2019.

Mazzucato M, Semieniuk G, Geddes A, et al. 2018. “Bridging the gap: The role of innovation policy and market creation,” Emissions Gap Report 2018. November 27, 2018:52-59.

Galllagher KS, Qi Q. 2018. “Policies Governing China’s Overseas Development Finance Implications for Climate Change Center for International Environment and Resource Policy,” The Fletcher School, Tufts University; 2018.

Haites E, Maosheng D, Gallagher KS, et al. 2018. “Experience with Carbon Taxes and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Systems,” Duke Envtl L & Pol’y F. 2018;29(1):109-182.

Funk P, Xue L, Liang Z, Gallagher KS, Cowhey PF, Fuchs ERH. 2017. “Why China needs data sharing to address its air-quality challenge,” National Science Review. 2017;4(6):794-797.

Anadon LD, Gallagher KS, Holdren JP. 2017. “Rescue US energy innovation,” Nature Energy. 2017;2(10):760-763.

Zhang F, Gallagher KS. 2016. “Innovation and technology transfer through global value chains: Evidence from China’s PV industry,” Energy Policy. 2016;94:191-203.

Gallagher KS. 2015. “What makes technological transfer successful?,” Climate Policy. 2015;15(1):180-182.

Gallagher KS, Zhang F. 2013. “Climate Technology & Development Case study: Innovation and Technology Transfer Across Global Value Chains: Evidence from China’s PV Industry,” July 2013:41.

Gallagher KS. 2013. “Why & How Governments Support Renewable Energy,” Daedalus. 2013;142(1):59-77.

William R. Moomaw and Kelly Sims Gallagher2012. “Climate Change: The Clock Keeps Ticking,” CAIJING Annual Edition: Forecasts and Strategies, 2012, pages 174-176.

Wilson C, Grubler A, Gallagher KS, Nemet GF. 2012. “Marginalization of end-use technologies in energy innovation for climate protection,” Nature Climate Change. 2012;2(11):780-788.

Gallagher KS, Randell JC. 2012. “What Makes U.S. Energy Consumers Tick?,” Issues in Science and Technology.

Liu H, Gallagher KS. 2011. “Preparing to ramp up large-scale CCS demonstrations: An engineering-economic assessment of CO2 pipeline transportation in China,” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 2011;5(4):798-804.

Gallagher KS, Muehlegger E. 2011. “Giving green to get green? Incentives and consumer adoption of hybrid vehicle technology,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 2011;61(1):1-15.

Gallagher KS, Anadon LD, Kempener R, Wilson C. 2011. “Trends in investments in global energy research, development, and demonstration,” WIREs Climate Change. 2011;2(3):373-396.

Book Chapters

Kelly Sims Gallagher & Qi Ye. 2014. “Climate and Clean Energy.” In N. Hachigan (ed.) Debating China: The US-China relationship in Ten Conversations (pp,111-130). New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Anadon, Laura Diaz, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Matthew Bunn, and Charles Jones. 2009. “Tackling U.S. Energy Challenges and Opportunities: Preliminary Policy Recommendations for Enhancing Energy Innovation in The United States.” Cambridge, Mass.: Report for Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.