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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 edit a yearly round of up the State of Global Environmental Governance for ENB

Beyond the ENB, I work with a range of international and UK-based NGOs on climate change and green recovery campaigns. I gave evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee scrutinising the UK's preparations for the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow and net zero plans.  










I teach or contribute to undergraduate modules on:

  • Local to Global Sustainable Development
  • Be the Change: Non-state Actors in Global Governance
  • Global Governance
  • Colonialism, Global Poltiical Economy and Development

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.

Evolution of Climate Governance: This work involves archival and interview work to uncover and re-tell the story of climate governance, including that it has always been nationally-determined and pledge based. In this project, I also continue work related to the engagement of NGOs.

Green Recovery: This emerging project involves two themes: the advocacy of a global norm for a green recovery and the comparative politics of green recoveries. 

Plastics and Chemicals and Wastes Governance: Work in this area includes questions of how wastes are governed and how NGOs engage. I look at the emerging, fragmented efforts to regulate plastics trade (which ignoring questions of production and use of plastics) and why advocates are relatively silent on electronic and electrical waste (e-waste), despite it's rapid growth and harmful effects on people and the planet.