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Timothy Arvan

University of Michigan
United States
timarvan [at] umich (dot) edu

Timothy Arvan is a researcher in the joint Ph.D. program between the Department of Political Science and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He also serves as Research Officer and Associate Fellow of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, based in Montreal, Canada.

Tim’s research explores questions of international environmental politics, with a particular focus on the political economy of climate change. He has previously served as Secretariat Coordinator of the UNFCCC Climate Law and Governance Initiative, and as editor of the Cambridge Journal of Science and Policy and Michigan Journal of Public Affairs. Tim holds an M.Phil. (with distinction) in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge, and received his B.A. (with honors) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and the Program in the Environment from the University of Michigan.

Timothy Arvan’s Website.


Arvan, T. D., & Cordonier Segger, M. C. “Converting Carbon Neutrality Pledges to Sustainable Development Outcomes.” in The Routledge Handbook of Climate Law and Governance, Cordonier Segger, M. C., Harrington, A., &Voigt C. (eds.), Routledge: Abingdon, UK. [Forthcoming.]

Arvan, T. D. 2021. “The Right to a Healthy Environment is a Powerful Sword for Climate Justice.Health and Human Rights Journal. Online.

Arvan, T. D. 2021. “Climate Cooperation at COP26 Must Transcend Icy U.S.-China Relations.” Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge. Online.

Cordonier Segger, M. C., Arvan, T. D., Byron, C., & Srinivas, P. 2020. “The International Law and Policy Implications of Climate Change Litigation: Sustainable Developments in International Investment Law and Policy related to Renewable Energy, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.” in Climate Change Litigation – Liability and Damages from a Comparative Perspective, Kahl, W. & Weller, M. P. (eds.), Verlag C. H. Beck: Munich, Germany.

Arvan, T. D. 2020. “On the Politics of a U.S. Federal Carbon Price: Evidence from Three North American Case Studies.” Cambridge Journal of Science and Policy, (1), p. 33-38.

Arvan, T. D., E. Pearson, and Y. Yu. 2017. “Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise and Climate-Induced Displacement within Bangladesh, 2010 to 2100.” Michigan Foreign Policy Review, 2 (1), p. 47-66.

Media Coverage

Timothy Arvan was interviewed in a short video about expectations at COP26. (2021, November 4).Testimony from COP26 – Timothy Arvan.” Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. 

Timothy Arvan. (2021, January 19). “The Future of Arctic Drilling is an Early Test for Biden’s Environmental Agenda.” The Burn Bag.

Timothy Arvan discusses the politics of carbon pricing in conversation with Barbara Lucas. (2019, June 7). “Carbon Pricing and its Political Challenges.” The Green Room, CTN Ann Arbor.

Timothy Arvan’s public event with Citizens’ Climate Lobby was covered by Krystal Hur. (2019, July 1). “‘U’ Alum Talks Climate Change Negotiations On, Off campus.” The Michigan Daily.

Timothy Arvan commented on COP24 in coverage by Jim Erickson. (2018, December 11). “Nine U-M Students, Faculty Member Attending U.N. Climate Summit.” The University Record.

Timothy Arvan was interviewed about climate literacy at U-M by Maya Goldman. (2018, September 27). “Preliminary Survey Data Shows Students More Concerned About Climate Change.” The Michigan Daily.

Timothy Arvan was interviewed about U-M’s Central Power Plant and carbon neutrality goals. (2021, September 10). “Environmental Group Raises Concerns Over New Natural Gas Turbine.The Michigan Daily.