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Dr Jennifer Allan

Dr Jennifer Allan

Lecturer in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

Media commentator


In the context of global environmental politics, my research explores environmental and social movements, and how global rules are made and remade. My recent work focuses on the politics of sustainable post-COVID recoveries, including green stimulus packages in the UK and the emergence of the green recovery norm globally. 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.









I teach or contribute to undergraduate modules on:

  • Local to Global Sustainable Development
  • Be the Change: Non-state Actors in Global Governance
  • Global Governance

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, which explored 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.