International Studies Association Honors Haas with Distinguished Scholar Award

The International Studies Association (ISA) Environmental Studies Section presented Peter M. Haas, professor of political science, with its 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award at its annual meeting in Toronto on March 27.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding scholar whose research and teaching has made a substantial impact on the fields associated with international relations and environmental issues.

“It is gratifying to have my research recognized,” said Haas.  “I am pleased to join the ranks of other distinguished scholars recognized by ISA and look forward to many more years of exploring issues of global governance and the science-policy interface.”

The award coincides with the 25th anniversary of Haas’ first publication on epistemic communities, a term he used to describe groups of experts with shared knowledge of an issue and who play significant roles in the development and structures of policies and regimes.

Haas, a sought-after expert on global environmental governance, has served as consultant for organizations including the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Strategic Outlook Research Group, the Department of State, the Obama administration Energy and Environment Team and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

Haas is also one of a select group of researchers chosen to collaborate on the United Nation’s Global Environment Outlook 5.

In addition to the award, ISA honored Haas with a roundtable discussion of his long history of research on global environmental issues and with a reception at the conference.