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Dr Jennifer Allan

Dr Jennifer Allan

Lecturer in International Relations

Ysgol y Gyfraith a Gwleidyddiaeth

Sylwebydd y cyfryngau


In the context of global environmental politics, my research explores environmental and social movements, and how global rules are made and remade. I engage with a wide range of environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity, forest protection, and chemical and wastes management. I received my PhD from the University of British Columbia in May 2017. 

Through contributing to the Earth Negotiations Bulletin – the de facto record of global environmental negotiations, I've attended roughly 40 UN conferences where states negotiate the rules of global climate governance, as well as chemicals and wastes management, and have published over 100 Bulletins with my ENB colleagues.







My projects and publications share a few common themes. First, I often ask how international negotiations can improve and realize beneficial outcomes for the environment, by studying success stories, innovations in negotiation processes, and underlying negotiation dynamics. Second, I look beyond negotiations to explore how non-state actors try to shape global rules and when they directly form their own rules, working in partnerships with others. Third, I ask how these worlds - state-centric negotiations at the UN, and non-state partnerships - interact and, at times, collide.

Ongoing projects

Valuing Nature Project: I am working on the evolution, diffusion, and implementation of the ecosystem services concept. My contribution is to help understand both international dimensions and Canadian domestic politics related to efforts to value nature.

The New Climate Activism: This book project builds on my doctoral work, "Activists Across Issues: Forum Multiplying and the New Climate Activism", which explains why non-state actors campaign for causes in which they lack expertise and prior experience, and, why some of these actors are able to successfully join activist and other networks working on these new issues, while others fail to gain such acceptance. I drew upon an original dataset of NGO participation in the UN climate change negotiations, as well as social network analyses and over 70 interviews for this work.