Fellows

Each week, a group of 10-15 undergraduate and graduate fellows come together to engage in a moderated conversation. There is a rotating discussion chair, and he/she provides a brief presentation on a topic of choice, followed by a prompt for discussion. Previous prompts have included:
– Is capitalism inherently biased toward unsustainability?
– How should we think about the issue of climate-induced migration?

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Fellows Program seeks to create a space wherein future sustainability leaders can learn from a diversity of perspectives and push each other to reflect more deeply about firmly held views. Additionally, each undergraduate fellow is assigned a graduate mentor, with whom he or she is encouraged to meet independently.

Throughout the year, breakout groups engage fellows in a variety of focused activities. Podcast fellows help the podcast team to research, record, produce, and publish episodes. Writing fellows produce sustainability-related articles for the S&S blog. Conference and speakers events fellows are tasked with coordinating on-campus speaker events and an annual conference with a partner media organization in Seoul, Korea.

For a list of previous fellows, please visit our Fellows Program Alumni page.
Otherwise, meet the S&S Fellows of 2017-2018 below:


MBailey June 2015Megan Bailey, Graduate Fellow
PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
MA in International Relations, Fresno State
BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and BA in Studio Art, Fresno State

Megan grew up in a small town in southern California’s Angeles National Forest and pursued undergraduate studies in the state’s Central Valley, one of the contemporary agricultural capitals of the world. In both contexts she witnessed how land management, air quality regulation, and even labor policies directly impact the environment and human welfare in complex ways. She is currently studying climate change policy design, combining interviews of European firms with statistical techniques to evaluate the performance of the EU cap-and-trade system. Megan also enjoys hiking, espresso, and art.


CKLA_095_no backgroundAroop Mukharji, Podcast Host
PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
BA in Mathematics and Political Science, Williams College

Aroop studies American foreign policy and hosts the web series “Office Hours” through the Belfer Center. Hailing from Prairie Village, Kansas, Aroop became a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC after graduating from college. He then earned a Masters in International Relations from London School of Economics (’11) and a Masters in International Peace and Security from King’s College London (’12) on a Marshall Scholarship. In his free time, Aroop likes to cook, play racket sports, and serve as a groupie to his brother’s band, Darlingside.


1be3444Daniel Velez-Lopez, Graduate Writing Fellow
PhD Candidate in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
BA in Economics and Mathematics, University of Maryland

Daniel Velez-Lopez is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. His current research focuses environmental and energy policy both in the United States and the developing world. He is particularly interested in how features of developing countries such as liquidity constraints or missing financial markets affect the value of information for individuals and firms and their ability to adapt to changes in their environment. He is also interested in studying the effectiveness and efficiency of second-best environmental policies such as daily driving restrictions that are common in developing countries.


Julian Rauter, Podcast Host
Social Anthropology concentrator, Harvard College

Julian is an undergraduate at Harvard College pursuing a degree in Social Anthropology. He comes from the small green town of Halcott in New York’s Catskill Mountains. His interests include rural sustainability, land use, environmental justice, and the interaction between indigenous peoples and mainstream environmentalism. He has worked on several projects related to indigenous languages and intellectual property law. In his life at Harvard, Julian is a research assistant at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and a member of the Harvard Stand-Up Comics Society.


kateKate Yoon, Conference Fellow
Social Studies Concentrator, Harvard College

Kate is a student at Harvard College studying Social Studies with a secondary in English. She grew up moving back and forth between Canada and South Korea. Her international upbringing has sparked her interest in place, space and how humans interact with the world around them. She is interested in geography, urban sustainability and the humanitarian implications of climate change. Kate is also an avid traveller with a talent for dealing with unexpected crises on the road.


option 2Johan Arango, Writing Fellow
Master’s Candidate in Sustainability, Harvard University Extension School
BEng Agroindustrial, Universidad de San Buenaventura

Johan was born and raised in Colombia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Agroindustrial Engineering. Upon graduation, he worked in the chemical, agricultural, and food industries. He also recently worked as a Research Assistant at the Graduate School of Design’s Zofnass program for sustainable infrastructure. He is pursuing a Master in Sustainability and is very interested in how technology can foster sustainable practices where food systems and energy sectors intersect. Johan also enjoys listening to music and teaching Spanish.


Sense&Sustainability_pictureAldís Elfarsdóttir, Undergraduate Writing Fellow
Bioengineering Concentrator, Harvard College

A junior and bioengineer in training, Aldís looks forward to applying biomaterials research to environmental systems through landfill liner design and wastewater filtration systems. Having interned on the Data & Analytics team at Lux Research to build a preliminary database of U.S. water prices and rights, she subsequently founded a campus-based Water Innovation Team on the premise that combining data analytics with creative outreach can guide communities and organizations toward environmentally-minded practice. This year with S&S, she also continues her work with the campus Resource Efficiency Program after a summer with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) in New Hampshire as a zero-waste movement building intern. A violinist, journal-keeper, and Buddhist at heart, Aldís fondly recalls childhood watermelon-eating contests, chewing on lemongrass with her brother, skýr, harðfiskur, and waves of salty cold air on the black sand beaches of Iceland.


YearbookBryanHu2015 (1)Bryan Hu, Writing Fellow
Environmental Science and Engineering Concentrator, Harvard College

Bryan is an environmental engineering student from the city of Tucson, Arizona, who’s interested in energy and corporate sustainability issues. Like many others, he’s drawn to the field of sustainability for its immense consequences and immediate proximity to our world. At Harvard, Bryan is a sports writer for The Crimson and an avid chess player. He’s also a huge music fanatic outside of academia.

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