Megan Epler Wood, MS

Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Megan Epler Wood is the director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative (ISTI) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is managing a comprehensive research program to place a value on the unaccounted for public health and environmental burdens tourism generates in destinations worldwide. ISTI also is working with the Harvard Graduate School of Design on geographic information systems (GIS) applications for tourism master planning and with the Harvard Kennedy School on policy research to help local governments to manage tourism in the era of growing impacts from climate change. Since 2003, Epler Wood has led the international consulting practice EplerWood International, fostering sustainable tourism and ecotourism development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, working for the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank group, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Planeterra Foundation. Epler Wood is a the managing director of the Sustainable Tourism Asset Management Program (STAMP) at the Cornell Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise in the SC Johnson College of Business, which supports the development of applied research, curriculum resources, and outreach activities that will increase collective knowledge and understanding of how to more effectively manage tourism destination assets over time in the face of rapidly growing tourism pressure, endemic poverty, ecosystem degradation, and climate change. Epler Wood's goal for teaching at the Harvard Extension School is to prepare a next generation of talent to use systematic data systems to manage the natural and cultural capital tourism depends on in destinations worldwide with the participation of local governments, business, communities and civil society.


  • MS Iowa State University