My research examines innovation, technology transfer and adoption for climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector. I am specifically focused on Central America and East Africa, with case studies in Honduras and Ethiopia. I am looking at the barriers and incentives for innovation, technology transfer and adoption from the perspective of different stakeholders, including farmers, governments, donors, NGOs, and academics. The US government's Feed the Future Initiative is a particular focus of my research.


PhD Candidate, International Relations, The Fletcher School, Tufts University


Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (May 2011)

Fields of Study: International Environment & Resource Policy, Development Economics


Bachelors of Arts, Middlebury College (May 2007)

Majors: Environmental Studies (Conservation Biology) and Sociology/Anthropology


Pre-doctoral Fellow, Energy, Climate & Innovation Program, The Fletcher School (2013-2015)

Fellow, National Science Foundation IGERT Water Diplomacy Program, Tufts University (2011-2013)

Visiting Research Fellow, Social Sciences Dept, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology, Zurich, Switzerland (2012)

ROGUE (Research Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate Exchange) Fellowship to support three undergraduate research assistants, Tufts Institute of the Environment (2014)

Tufts Summer Scholars Fellowship (Undergraduate) Mentor, Tufts University (2014)

Data Collection Travel Grant, Tufts Institute of the Environment (2010, 2014)

Dean’s Research Grant, The Fletcher School (2014)

PhD Dissertation Research Grant, The Fletcher School (2012, 2014)

Research Grant on “Extreme Events, Risk and Decision-Making,” IGERT Water Diplomacy Program (2014)

Research Grant, Hitachi Center for Technology and International Relations (2013)

Research Grant, Water: Systems, Science, and Society, Tufts University, (2010)

Fellowship, The Hague Conference on Agriculture, Food Security & Climate Change, The Netherlands (2010)

Fellowship, The GLOBE Student Seminar: Developing International Regimes for Global Warming, France (2010)

Fellowship, The International Program on the Management of Sustainability & Sustainable Development Diplomacy, The Netherlands (2010)

Frank C. & Christel Nichols Scholarship, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (2009-2011)

Fellowship, The Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice, Dartmouth College (2008)

Innovations in Practice Management Award, Society for General Internal Medicine (2008)

Best International Thesis, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Middlebury College (2007)

Academic Outreach Endowment Grant, Alliance for Civic Engagement, Middlebury College (2006)


Kuhl L, Kirshen PH, Ruth M, Douglas E. 2014. Evacuation as a Climate Adaptation Strategy for Environmental Justice Communities. Climatic Change. Available at:

Biagini B, Kuhl L, Gallagher KS, Ortiz C. 2014. Technology Transfer for Adaptation. Nature Climate Change.  4(9) 828-834.

Kuhl L. 2014. Restorative Development: Cautious Optimism. The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs February 17 2014. Available at:

Gallagher KS, Grubler A, Kuhl L, Nemet G, Wilson C. 2012. The Energy Technology Innovation System. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 37: 137-62.

Karl HA, Scarlett L, Kirshen P, Dell R, Ibrahim H, Kuhl L, Mosher T, Navarro B, Rising M and Towery N. 2012. “Adapting to Changing Climate: Exploring the Role of the Neighborhood” in Restoring Land- Coordinating Science, Politics and Action: Complexities of Climate and Governance. Eds. Karl HA, Scarlett L, Vargas-Moreno JC and Flaxman M. Springer, The Netherlands.

Kuhl L and Tirrell A. 2011. Reflections on The Hague Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. IDEAS Journal (International Development, Environment and Sustainability) Issue 7, February 2011.

Politi MC, Pieterse AH, Truant T, Borkhoff C, Jha V, Kuhl L, Nicolai J, Goss C. Interprofessional education about patient decision support in speciality care. Journal of Interprofessional Care 2011; 25(6): 1469-9567.

Kuhl L and Sheridan M. 2009. Stigmatized property, clams and community in coastal Ecuador. Journal of Ecological Anthropology. 5(1): 17-38.

Kuhl LN, Ettinger B, Rosen CJ, Col NF. Questioning the accuracy of a recent review of osteoporosis medications. Annals of Internal Medicine 2009; 150: 423-424.


“Innovación, transferencia de tecnologías y adopción para adaptación en la agricultura: un análisis de USAID ACCESO en Honduras” Invited Presentation at the USAID Feed the Future Latin America and Caribbean Region workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture and Best Practices, Gracias, Honduras, November 2014

“Technology Transfer for Adaptation: An analysis of the GEF Adaptation Funds.” Presentation at the 12th IAS-STS (Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society) Annual Conference, Graz, Austria, May 2013.

“Technology Transfer and the Innovation System for Climate Change Adaptation.” Invited Presentation, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), Zurich, Switzerland, February 2013.

“You Can’t Cook if There’s Nothing to Cook: The Emerging Energy Access/Adaptation Nexus”. Presentation at Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace, Tufts University, October 2012.  

 “From Burden Bearing to Opportunity Sharing: Reframing Environmental Negotiations,” Panel discussion at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Rio de Janiero, Brazil, June 2012.

 “Drought Management & Agriculture in the ACF Basin: An analysis of management options under climate change." Poster at The Glass Half Full: Valuing Water in the Twenty-first Century, Tufts University, April 2012.

“Evacuation as an Adaptation Option in Environmental Justice Communities: Challenges and Best Practice Guidelines." Presentation at The National Evacuation Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2012.

“From a culture of disaster response to a culture of adaptation: flooding in Honduras”. Presentation at Moynihan Post Disaster Recovery Conference, Syracuse University, April 2011 & Poster at Water in 2050: The Infrastructure to Get There: Interdisciplinary Water Conference, Tufts University, Medford, MA April 2011.

 “Institutional arrangements for resilience in the face of climate change: An analysis of disaster preparedness & response in La Ceiba, Honduras.” Presentation at Resilience 2011 Conference, Phoenix, AZ March 2011.

“Challenges implementing decision support at point-of-care for young female smokers.” Poster at the 5th International Shared Decision Making Conference, Boston, June 2009.

“Smoking and drinking patterns and beliefs among young female smokers”. Poster at the 5th International Shared Decision Making Conference, Boston, MA, June 2009.

“A novel approach to tailoring physician-delivered smoking cessation messages to young women.” Presentation at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, June 2008.

“Tailoring web-based interventions to young female smokers using audience segmentation.” Poster at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, June 2008. (Presenting Author, Award-winning Poster)