Katherine Browne is a Research Fellow at SEI Headquarters – Climate, Energy and Society Unit. Her research focuses on climate change, sustainable development, and inequality. Her main project examines the causes and consequences of incoherence between policy agendas to mitigate and adapt to climate change (the Paris Agreement) and promote sustainable development (the 2030 Agenda).
Before joining SEI, Katherine conducted extensive fieldwork in the Western Indian Ocean region. She completed a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in Madagascar and a Fulbright Fellowship in Mauritius. She previously served in the United States’ Peace Corps in Madagascar, where she worked with national parks and environmental NGOs on environmental education programs.
As a team leader and writer for the International Institute of Sustainable Development’s Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Katherine regularly covered climate change negotiations, specializing in climate finance, transparency and adaptation. She also holds a M.S. in Environmental Justice from the University of Michigan.
Katherine received her PhD from the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan (USA). Her dissertation focused on climate finance and the politics of climate adaptation, with an emphasis on institutional capacity-building in highly vulnerable countries.