David D. Sussman

Non-Resident Fellow

Dr. David D. Sussman is a Non-Resident Fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC).  As a scholar-practitioner his expertise bridges academia and practical experience in the field. David’s research focuses on documenting global interconnectivity inherent in 1) sustainability and natural resource conflicts, 2) climate-induced displacement, and 3) refugee resettlement and integration. In his most recent work, he is investigating the link between consumers’ use of material resources and the environmental and social impacts on communities where they are sourced, as well as the journey by migrants and refugees, across borders, to rebuild their lives in a new location. For his doctorate in international relations, he analyzed the struggle by local populations in Peru to oppose or negotiate with powerful global mining corporations. 

Over the past year David lectured at Tufts University on the topics of natural resource conflicts and forced migration, and served as a consultant to the World Bank’s Global Program on Forced Displacement, examining refugee integration. His previous work experience dedicated to human migration and displacement, in response to those moving due to development processes, climate-change, or war, includes time with the CDC's International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch, the International Organization for Migration, UNHCR (on detail), and the International Rescue Committee.

David is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Mexico, Kenya, the Marshall Islands, Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru, and worked in various other countries. He was selected as a New Leader at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and is a member of a number of local environmental organizations, including 350NYC. David was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and Presidential Management Fellowship, and earned his B.A from Dartmouth (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School (Tufts University).