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Research Assistants

Sustainable Finance, Net-Zero and Sustainability Metrics

The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, a joint undertaking between the School of the Environment and Yale Law School, advances sustainability governance, finance, and research with data-driven analyses. As a leading initiative in evidence-based policymaking, the Center’s work promotes applying science and law to enhance the resilience and impact of sustainability policies in countries around the world. The Center seeks Tobin Research Fellows with a passion for applying their economics expertise to resolve outstanding environmental issues, like climate change, biodiversity and habitat loss, green finance, and the degradation of the global commons. Tobin Fellows will work closely with the Center’s faculty director, Dr. Rob Klee, the Center’s Associate Director, Meghan Kircher, and postdoctoral associate Nathan de Arriba-Sellier.

Tobin Fellows will have the opportunity to work on projects of the Yale Institute for Sustainable Finance (YISF). YISF aims to produce fresh thinking and cutting-edge research on the challenges to integrating sustainability concerns into financial markets and investment decisions. YISF functions as a knowledge hub and provides space for intellectual exchange among scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. Through applied research and multidimensional collaboration, YISF seeks to answer some of the most challenging questions facing investors and regulators. This term, YISF's research agenda will focus on corporations' net-zero commitments and transition plans (project 1) as well as on identifying new sustainability metrics based on rigorous data analysis that can support impact investment (project 2). Please indicate your interest for either (or both) projects in your application.

Depending on the Tobin Fellow’s interests and background, possible research tasks include:

  • Exploration, analysis, and visualization of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) datasets;
  • Performing rigorous literature reviews and writing memos on issues relating to sustainable finance and net-zero; and
  • Assistance with other tasks to advance the Center’s research agenda.

Requisite Skills and Qualifications: 

Applicants should have excellent writing skills, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and interests in sustainable finance, corporate social responsibility or regulation. These positions require flexibility to rapidly research and produce written deliverables in support of the Center’s research agenda. Successful applicants will work well independently and within larger research groups.

Special Application Instructions

  1. In the “Additional File” section, please upload a short writing sample (such as a previous term paper, essay, or class research project)
  2. In the “Briefly describe your prior research experience and your research interests” section, please write a statement of no more than 300 words in length. In it, please mention your preference for the EPI or the YISF role, and describe how this position matches your experience and professional development goals.

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