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Zdravka Tzankova

Research Associate Professor of Sociology
Lecturer in Sociology

Zdravka (Zee) Tzankova is an Associate Professor of the Practice in Climate Studies. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California at Berekeley. Prof. Tzankova’s work has focused in 3 main areas (1) comparative environmental policy and politics, in particular the politics of scientific advice; (2) private environmental governance, including the governance roles and activities of corporate actors, and the implementation of private environmental governance regimes; (3) sustainability-equity tradeoffs in public and private environmental and climate governance, and strategies for avoiding such tradeoffs through inclusive and equity-centered design of governance interventions.

Professor Tzankova’s work has appeared in interdisciplinary journals such as Environmental Politics, Regulation & Governance, and Energy Research and Social Science, as well as law journals the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

Professor Tzankova is a co-founder of CHEEL -- the Climate, Health, and Energy Equity Lab at Vanderbilt’s Wond’ry. She is a co-founder of the multi-disciplinary, cross-institutional SESYNC-supported working group on redesigning agricultural nutrient governance.