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Zdravka Tzankova

Research Associate Professor of Sociology
Lecturer in Sociology
Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Climate and Environmental Studies

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.