Prof. Ivanova is an international relations and environmental policy scholar specializing in governance and sustainability. She works on global environmental governance, US environmental policy, financing for environment, and the performance of international environmental institutions. Her academic work has been recognized for bringing analytical rigor and innovative input to international negotiations on reforming the UN system for the environment. Prof. Ivanova served as a coordinating lead author in the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the flagship UN environmental assessment.
She has numerous publications, has produced three short documentaries on global environmental governance, is the editor of the Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series, and serves on the editorial board of the Global Environmental Politics journal. She co-leads (with the Dean of the School for the Environment) a National Science Foundation project on Coasts and Communities to train doctoral students as environmental problem solvers and focus on the complex interactions of natural and human systems across Massachusetts and the Horn of Africa.
Prof. Ivanova holds a PhD (with distinction) and two masters degrees, in International Relations and Environmental Management, from Yale University. She is a national of Bulgaria. In 2013, she was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.