Sophie Boehm is a Research Associate for World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Systems Change Lab. Focusing her research on transition theory, path dependency and tipping points, Sophie examines historical systems change and its drivers – analysis that helps guide the Lab’s efforts to monitor, learn from and accelerate the transformations needed to safeguard the global commons in a changing climate. She also leads on identifying key indicators and benchmarks of systems change across forest, land, food, freshwater, ocean and coastal systems.

Sophie comes to the Systems Change Lab from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, where she conducted research in support of the Adaptation Division’s Resilience Frontiers Initiative, Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Platform and Nairobi Work Programme. She also followed negotiations under the UNFCCC on adaptation, climate finance and loss and damage, representing the Tongan national delegation at COP24 and COP25 and the secretariat at the 2019 Bonn Intersessional Climate Change Conference.

Previously, Sophie led communications for WRI’s Governance Center, distilling technical analysis into compelling, actionable messages and managing strategic outreach for a wide range of projects at the intersection of environmental sustainability and development. She also spent four years working for implementing partners of the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in sub-Saharan Africa. As both a grant writer and program manager, Sophie supported efforts to reduce HIV/AIDS infection rates, improve educational outcomes for children orphaned by the virus in South Africa and advance women's access to sexual and reproductive healthcare in Uganda.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in World Politics from Hamilton College and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of the Environment (formerly Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), where she specialized in climate change science and solutions, as well as environmental policy analysis. Sophie is a running enthusiast, avid reader and former rugby player.