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Dr Kira Matus

Kira Matus

Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Management

Email: k.matus@lse.ac.uk|
Office: CON6.10, Connaught House
Office Hours: Mondays 2.00pm-4.00pm
Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5335

Biography


Kira Matus received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2009. She was a doctoral fellow in sustainability science in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard's Center for International Development from 2007 to 2009, and from 2007-2009, she was a recipient the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship. Dr. Matus also has an SM in Technology and Policy from MIT, and an ScB in Chemistry from Brown University.

Prior to joining the LSE, Dr. Matus was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. Her research focuses on the application of innovative technology to address sustainable development. This includes exploring the potential of green chemistry as a so-called leapfrog technology in the United States, India and China. She is also doing research on voluntary regulation, especially the role of standards and certification, in the development of green technologies.

Research Interests


  • Sustainability science
  • Sustainable production and consumption systems
  • Innovation systems and policy
  • Green chemistry and engineering
  • Standards, certification and ecolabels
  • Voluntary and private regulation
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Science policy
  • Biofuels
  • Health impacts of air pollution and climate change

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV305: Sustainability Science and Policy: Problems and Perspectives
  • GV483: Public Management Theory and Doctrine 
  • GV488Law and Politics of Regulation
  • GV4F4: The Politics of Policy Advice 

Publications


Barriers to the implementation of green chemistry in the United States
Matus, Kira J. M., Clark, William C., Anastas, Paul T. and Zimmerman, Julie B. (2012) Barriers to the implementation of green chemistry in the United States. Environmental Science and Technology, 46 (20). pp. 10892-10899. ISSN 0013-936X

Green chemistry and green engineering in China: drivers, policies and barriers to innovation
Matus, Kira J. M., Xiao, Xin and Zimmerman, Julie B. (2012) Green chemistry and green engineering in China: drivers, policies and barriers to innovation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 32 . pp. 193-203. ISSN 0959-6526

Toward sustainability: the roles and limits of certification
Barry, Mike, Cashore, Ben, Clay, Jason, Fernandez, Michael, Lebel, Louis, Lyon, Tom, Mallet, Patrick, Matus, Kira J. M., Melchett, Peter, Vandenbergh, Michael, Vis, Jan Kees and Whelan, Tensie (2012) Toward sustainability: the roles and limits of certification. Resolve, Washington, D.C..

Health damages from air pollution in China
Matus, Kira J. M., Nam, Kyung-Min, Selin, Noelle E., Lamsal, Lok N., Reilly, John M. and Paltsev, Sergey (2012) Health damages from air pollution in China. Global Environmental Change, 22 (1). pp. 55-66. ISSN 0959-3780

Green nanotechnology challenges and opportunities
Matus, Kira J. M., Hutchison, James E., Peoples, Robert, Rung, Skip and Tanguay, Robert (2011) Green nanotechnology challenges and opportunities. American Chemical Society.

Health damages from air pollution in China
Matus, Kira J. M., Nam, Kyung-Min, Selin, Noelle E., Lamsal, Lok N., Reilly, John M. and Paltsev, Sergey (2011) Health damages from air pollution in China. Joint Program Report Series, Report 196. The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Boston, USA.

Innovating for development: policy incentives for a cleaner supply chain: the case of green chemistry
Matus, Kira J. M. (2010) Innovating for development: policy incentives for a cleaner supply chain: the case of green chemistry. Journal of International Affairs, 64 (1). pp. 121-136. ISSN 0022-197X

Integrating green chemistry and green engineering into the revitalization of the toxic substances control act
Matus, Kira J. M., Beach, Evan and Zimmerman, Julie B. (2010) Integrating green chemistry and green engineering into the revitalization of the toxic substances control act. Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, New Have, USA.

Standardization, certification, and labeling: a background paper for the Roundtable on Sustainability Workshop January 19-21, 2009
Matus, Kira J. M. (2010) Standardization, certification, and labeling: a background paper for the Roundtable on Sustainability Workshop January 19-21, 2009. In: Certifiably Sustainable?: the Role of Third-Party Certification Systems: Report of a Workshop. The National Academies Press. ISBN 0309147115

A proactive approach to toxic chemicals: moving green chemistry beyond alternatives in the "Safe chemicals act of 2010"
Matus, Kira J. M., Zimmerman, Julie B. and Beach, Evan (2010) A proactive approach to toxic chemicals: moving green chemistry beyond alternatives in the "Safe chemicals act of 2010". Environmental Science and Technology, 44 (16). pp. 6022-6023. ISSN 1520-5851

Standardization, certification and labeling: lessons from theory and practice
Matus, Kira J. M. (2009) Standardization, certification and labeling: lessons from theory and practice. Research fellow and graduate student working papers, 37. Center for International Development, Cambrde, USA.

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute®: a case study of partnerships to promote sustainability in the chemical enterprise
Matus, Kira J. M. (2009) The ACS Green Chemistry Institute®: a case study of partnerships to promote sustainability in the chemical enterprise. In: Enhancing the Effectiveness of Sustainability Partnerships: Summary of a Workshop. The National Academies Press, pp. 263-292. ISBN 0309129931

The governance of non-legal entities: an exploration into the challenges facing collaborative, multistakeholder enterprises that are hosted by institutions
Creech, Heather, Vetter, Tony, Matus, Kira J. M. and Seymour, Ian R. (2008) The governance of non-legal entities: an exploration into the challenges facing collaborative, multistakeholder enterprises that are hosted by institutions. International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winniped, Canada.

Toward integrated assessment of environmental change: air pollution health effects in the USA
Matus, Kira J. M., Yang, Trent, Paltsev, Sergey, Reilly, John and Nam, Kyung-Min (2008) Toward integrated assessment of environmental change: air pollution health effects in the USA. Climatic Change, 88 (1). pp. 59-92. ISSN 0165-0009

Overcoming the challenges to the implementation of green chemistry
Matus, Kira J. M., Anastas, Paul T., Clark, William C. and Itameri-Kinter, Kai (2007) Overcoming the challenges to the implementation of green chemistry. CID Working Paper, 155. Center for International Development, Cambridge, USA.

The workings of a molecular thermometer: the vibrational excitation of carbon tetrachloride by a solvent
Graham, Polly B., Matus, Kira J. M. and Stratt, Richard M. (2004) The workings of a molecular thermometer: the vibrational excitation of carbon tetrachloride by a solvent. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 121 (11). pp. 5348-5355. ISSN 0021-9606

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