Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

About the Climate Solutions Lab

Starr Plaza, Watson Institute

Mission Statement

The Climate Solutions Lab’s mission is to create, learn, and distribute solution-oriented climate knowledge, at Brown and across the world.

The Lab catalyzes Watson’s efforts on questions of international climate politics. Our experts have “climate-adjacent” expertise on issues like energy, trade, gender, and finance. We are especially interested in public-facing policy analyses on barriers to progress on climate change at the international level. For instance, what should America’s grand strategy be with respect to China in a warming world? How should global trade rules at the WTO or EU adapt to climate change, to allow for carbon border adjustments?

The Lab will also develop a series of new courses for undergraduates at Watson and Brown. These include POLS 1435 “Politics of Climate Change” (starting Fall 2020) and a future course, “Finance and Decarbonization.”