Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Elizabeth Christenson-Diver

Senior Research Associate, Just Environments


Elizabeth Christenson-Diver is a Senior Research Associate in the Just Environments program, a partnership between the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability. She brings expertise linking research and policy, ensuring that our work is grounded in rigorous research and is making a real-world impact. Christenson-Diver informs the development of our projects and helps shape our overall research agenda.

Prior to coming to Duke, Christenson-Diver worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Canadian Affairs as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow developing recommended strategy for stakeholder, Tribal, and international government engagement regarding water and other environmental issues. As Policy Advisor for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, she supervised the Department’s Environmental Justice Program and led the development (ongoing) of the North Carolina Flood Resiliency Blueprint engaging experts across the state. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Environmental Sciences & Engineering from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she documented water quality impacts from industrial hog operations in North Carolina. Her prior research spans interdisciplinary topics including climate hazards, disparate access to water and sanitation infrastructure, disinfection in healthcare facilities, microbial water quality, and modeling sources of pollution.