Assistant Researcher in Climate Policy
Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton is an Assistant Researcher for the Climate Policy Lab in The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He completed his graduate studies as a Marshall Scholar at the universities of Cambridge (MPhil Geographical Research) and Oxford (MSt Critical Translation), and his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley (BS Environmental Science, Policy, & Management). From 2021–22, he served as a Blakemore Freeman Fellow in National Taiwan University’s International Chinese Language Program. Other relevant experiences include collaboration with Dr. Elia Apostolopoulou, Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellow at the University of Cambridge, on an edited volume on the social and environmental impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative; research assistance at the California-China Climate Institute; coding for the Oxford Coronavirus Government Response Tracker; and work as an environmental journalist. His writings have appeared in the Journal of Rural Studies, Land Use Policy, Orion, and elsewhere.
At the Climate Policy Lab, Nathaniel’s research centers on China, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the role of critical minerals in the energy transition. He also collaborates with climate policy experts and government officials in several countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia to conduct climate policy gap analyses.