Dr. Kyla Tienhaara is a research fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) and co-director of the Climate and Environmental Governance Network (CEGNet), Australian National University. She completed her PhD at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2008). She also holds 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).
Dr. Tienhaara’s main area of interest is the intersection between environmental governance and the global economic system. Her PhD thesis examined investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that were brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. This research was published in 'The Expropriation of Environmental Governance: Protecting Foreign Investors at the Expense of Public Policy' (Cambridge University Press, 2009). At present she is working on a three year research project on 'Building a green economy? The politics of green infrastructure stimulus in the wake of the global financial crisis' funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.
Global environmental governance; globalisation; green economy; multinational corporations; foreign investment; bilateral investment treaties; investor-state dispute settlement
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2012: Building a green economy? The politics of green infrastructure stimulus in the wake of the global financial crisis