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Dr. Kyla S. Tienhaara

I am an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University in the School of Environmental Studies, cross-appointed to the Department of Global Development Studies, and am the newly appointed Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Economy and Environment.

I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with a focus on the intersection between environmental governance and the global economic system. I completed my PhD at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2008). I also hold a Master’s degree in environmental science and law from the University of Nottingham (2002) and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science, with a minor in international relations, from the University of British Columbia (2001). I have held several positions at the Australian National University, including most recently, an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)-funded research fellowship.

One area of my work has examined investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that are brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. This research has been published in a number of academic journals and in The Expropriation of Environmental Governance: Protecting Foreign Investors at the Expense of Public Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

My most recent research, published in Green Keynesianism and the Global Financial Crisis (Routledge, 2018) explores the experience of Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and the United States, with green stimulus programs following the 2008 global financial crisis. I will continue to expand on this area of research, with a particular focus on Green Keynesian initiatives in Canada and the United States, in my CRC research program.