Matus, Kira

Dr Kira Matus  


Position held

Department of Government

Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Management

Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR)

Research Associate

Experience keywords:

green chemistry and engineering; science policy; sustainable production and consumption systems; sustainability science; health impacts of air pollution and climate change; certification and ecolabels; corporate sustainability; standards; innovation systems and policy; voluntary and private regulation; biofuels

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Dr Matusā€™ area of expertise is the development and 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. Other areas of research include quantifying the co-benefits of environmental and climate regulation; analysis and development of chemical regulation policy in the United States and Europe; the use of clean technologies for risk management, and the policies and institutions required for the production and dissemination of technologies that provide global public goods.

Dr Matus is also involved in research on voluntary regulation and emerging institutional arrangements that promote sustainable development, especially the role of standards and certification in the development of more sustainable, "green" products and technologies in the global supply chain.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

EnergyEnvironmentLawPolicy and Regulatory BodiesPublic Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

United States; Asia; China; Europe; India

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7107 9335


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Lodge, Martin and Matus, Kira J. M. (2014) Science, badgers, politics: advocacy coalitions and policy change in bovine tuberculosis policy in Britain Policy Studies Journal, 42 (3). 367-390. ISSN 0190-292X

Anadon, Laura Diaz and Matus, Kira J. M. and Moon, Suerie and Chan, Gabriel and Harley, Alicia and Murthy, Sharmila and Timmer, Vanessa and Latif, Ahmed Abdel and Araujo, Kathleen and Booker, Kayje and Choi, Hyundo and Dubrawski, Kristian and Friedlander, Lonia and Ingersoll, Christina and Kempster, Erin and Pereira, Laura and Stephens, Jennie and Vinsel, Lee and Clark, William C (2014) Innovation and access to technologies for sustainable development: diagnosing weaknesses and identifying interventions in the Transnational Arena Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Sustainability Science Project, Cambridge, MA.


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

Matus, Kira J. M. and Clark, William C. and 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). 10892-10899. ISSN 0013-936X

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

Matus, Kira J. M. and 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. 193-203. ISSN 0959-6526


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

Matus, Kira J. M. and Nam, Kyung-Min and Selin, Noelle E. and Lamsal, Lok N. and 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.


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

Matus, Kira J. M. and 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). 6022-6023. ISSN 1520-5851

Matus, Kira J. M. and 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.

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). 121-136. ISSN 0022-197X


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.

Matus, Kira J. M. (2009) The ACS Green Chemistry InstituteĀ®: 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, 263-292. ISBN 0309129931


Creech, Heather and Vetter, Tony and 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.

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


Matus, Kira J. M. and Anastas, Paul T. and 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.


Graham, Polly B. and 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). 5348-5355. ISSN 0021-9606

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