Deborah Gallagher

Deborah Gallagher

Associate Dean of Professional Programs| Chair, Business & Environment Program

Dr. Gallagher's research examines public policies to promote environmentally sustainable business practices and public/private partnerships for environmental policy implementation. She has critically examined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) as an international environmental governance mechanism to promote business sustainability. Recent work in partnership with the UNGC focused on responsible business engagement in climate policy and implementation of an internal price for carbon. She is currently working with the UNGC on evaluating corporate leadership behaviors which would advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Gallagher is also a leading scholar of environmental leadership, serving as editor of SAGE's Handbook of Environmental Leadership, which created a framework for study in the field. She is collaborating with colleagues on an upcoming book, Critical Perspectives on Environmental Leadership.

In The News


Gallagher, D. R. “Sustainable business.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability: Case Studies and Practical Solutions, 451–65, 2018.
Gallagher, D. R. “Heroes no more: Businesses practice collaborative leadership to confront climate change.” In Innovation in Environmental Leadership: Critical Perspectives, 128–44, 2018.
Gallagher, D. R. “Climate Change Leadership as Sustainability Leadership: From the C-Suite to the Conference of the Parties.” Journal of Leadership Studies 9, no. 4 (December 1, 2016): 60–64.
McDonald, S. L., and D. Rigling-Gallagher. “Participant perceptions of consensus-based, marine mammal take reduction planning.” Marine Policy 61 (November 1, 2015): 216–26.
McDonald, Sara L., and Deborah Rigling Gallagher. “A Story About People and Porpoises: Consensus-Based Decision Making in the Shadow of Political Action..” Environmental Management 56, no. 4 (October 2015): 814–21.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 895: Master of Environmental Management/Forestry Internship/Project (ENVIRON 895: Master of Environmental Management/Forestry Internship/Project)
ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar (ENVIRON 898: Program Area Seminar)
ENERGY 811: Business and Environment (ENERGY 811: Business and Environment)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

Contact Information

9 Circuit Drive, 4104 Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002)
M.A., Harvard University (1986)
B.S.CH.E., Northwestern University (1980)