Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Deborah Gallagher

Deborah Gallagher

Associate Dean of Professional Programs; Chair, Business & Environment Program, Nicholas School

Deborah Gallagher is Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where she is Associate Dean of Professional Programs and Chair of the Business and Environment Program. Her research focuses on business environmental leadership issues such as corporate engagement in climate policy, carbon pricing leadership, and sustainable business practices to promote global health. She has had a longstanding research partnership with the United Nations Global Compact. She edited Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook and Innovations in Environmental Leadership: A Critical Perspective. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. Gallagher has held a series of environmental leadership positions in the public and private sector.