Dinah Koehler (2001)
Fellowship Year: 2001
Academic Background: Harvard University School of Public Health - Ph.D.
Dinah began her environmental management career in Budapest, Hungary in 1992 when she organized and launched the first office paper recycling system in Budapest office buildings. Working with the Ministry for Environment, Budapest City Government, business and multiple environmental NGO's, she promoted interest and activity in environmental protection during the difficult early years of Hungary's transition to a market economy. From 1993 to 1995 she worked as Environmental Manager for Tetra Pak, a Swedish multinational, in Hungary. In 1995 she returned to the US to do her masters in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, focusing on issues of trade and environment and corporate environmental management. Since then she has been exploring the financial aspects of corporate environmental policy, working on environment, health and safety accounting systems at Baxter International and currently on external assessment of human health damages associated with toxic chemical emissions. For her doctorate work at Harvard School of Public Health, she developed a method for analyzing human toxicity associated with industries and firms to aid financial analysts and fund managers in determining the toxicity of investment opportunities. After defending her dissertation in August 2003 she did a post-doc at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, where she did research at the Decision Science and Risk Management Center. She also assisted with a course in Environmental Risk Management taught by Professor Howard Kunreuther. In December 2004 she accepted a post as project officer at the EPA's Office of Research and Development at the National Center for Environmental Research in Washington DC. She will manage the 3. Environmental Behavior and Decision-making (EB&D) grant funded under the STAR Economics and Decision Sciences (EDS) research program. This program supports research by external social scientists that environmental decision-makers can use in real-world situations. The EDS program supports research on topics where our scientific understanding is in greatest need of improvement, and where changes in behavior can have the greatest impact on environmental outcomes.
Expertise: Environmental & Public Health, Business & Finance, Environmental Policy & Law