Alice Tianbo Zhang is a PhD Candidate in Sustainable Development at SIPA. Her doctoral research seeks to improve the understanding of how large-scale natural and social processes, such as anthropogenic climate change, natural disasters and development-induced forced migration, affect human welfare and the policy tools available to address the challenges of sustainability. More fundamentally, she is interested in tackling issues of environmental and social justice, especially as they relate to the disparities in health, education and political representation of the disadvantaged and marginalized.

Alice graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A in Economics, Statistics and a minor in Public Policy. At Columbia, she has worked for the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) and the Earth Institute Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management (SPM). Previously, she worked in Councilmember Gordon Wozniak’s office in the City of Berkeley on implementing the Berkeley Climate Action Plan.