Derek Willis

EI/IRI Postdoctoral Research

  • Phone: +1 (212) 854-8780
  • Email: ude.aibmuloc.irinull@silliwd
  • Address:Monell 143D


Derek Willis received his PhD in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and an MPA in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School. Willis’ doctoral work developed a systems thinking framework for enabling policymakers to identify the most appropriate anti-malaria programs to implement in their communities.

Research Interests

As a postdoctoral research fellow, Willis works with both the IRI and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED). His research with the IRI analyzes how to most effectively engage with health policy makers in East Africa so that they can use climate information in their decision making. His work with CRED examines how alternative forms of framing information to policy makers affects their policy decisions.