Senior Policy Advisor, Tracking Progress
Elena Kosolapova is a Senior Policy Advisor for IISD’s Tracking Progress team and Content Editor at the SDG Knowledge Hub.
Kosolapova’s background is in international environmental law (Ph.D) and climate change governance. She has covered the UNFCCC, IPCC, GEF, and related processes for many years.
Kosolapova’s work has focused on adaptation and loss and damage, as well as interlinkages between climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable development. With Earth Negotiations Bulletin since 2011, she has often edited ENB reports and led coverage of multilateral climate finance and other negotiations.
Kosolapova has consulted governments on a range of issues under negotiation at the UNFCCC, including mitigation, adaptation, and loss and damage, and has published widely on her areas of expertise.
Previously with the University of Amsterdam, Kosolapova has taught climate change law and researched climate change liability at the domestic and international levels. Her monograph, Interstate Liability for Climate Change-related Damage, explores avenues towards international responsibility of heavily emitting States.
Kosolapova is based in Maryland, United States.