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Deborah Gallagher

Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental Sciences and Policy
Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708-0328
9 Circuit Drive, 4104 Environment Hall, Durham, NC 27708


Dr. Gallagher's research examines public policies to promote environmentally sustainable business practices and public/private partnerships for environmental policy implementation. She has critically examined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) as an international environmental governance mechanism to promote business sustainability. Recent work in partnership with the UNGC focused on responsible business engagement in climate policy and implementation of an internal price for carbon. She is currently working with the UNGC on evaluating corporate leadership behaviors which would advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Gallagher is also a leading scholar of environmental leadership, serving as editor of SAGE's Handbook of Environmental Leadership, which created a framework for study in the field. She is collaborating with colleagues on an upcoming book, Critical Perspectives on Environmental Leadership.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Environmental Science and Policy · 2022 - Present Environmental Sciences and Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment
Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2014 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2002 Ph.D.
Harvard University · 1986 M.A.
Northwestern University · 1980 B.S.CH.E.