Prof. Robert R. Verchick
Specialization: Environmental Law
Home institution in US: Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Host Institution in India: Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi       
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 5 months

Brief Bio:
Prof. Robert Verchick holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University, New Orleans. He recently served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force.

Prof. Verchick’s scholarly writing focuses on environmental regulation, climate change adaptation and disaster law. His newest book, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press 2010) was listed as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2010 by the American Library Association.

Prof. Verchick has testified before Congress on several issues, including Hurricane Katrina and the economic benefits of environmental regulation. He has also represented environmental interests in friend-of-the-court briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts. He is a Member Scholar and former board member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a policy institute focused on public health and environmental protection. He holds an A.B. degree, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University and a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.

Prof. Verchick’s Fulbright research will examine how cities in India are preparing for climate change, paying special attention to New Delhi, Surat, Gorakhpur and Kolkata. His research will focus on law and policy, particularly issues of regulatory design, social vulnerability, and the management of uncertainty and risk. The work is intended as part of a larger book with the working title, In Search of Climate- Ready Cities, which will examine adaptation efforts in urban areas throughout the world.