PhD Researcher in Climate Change Governance, University of Leeds

I am a postgraduate researcher and Graduate Teaching Associate in the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment. I commenced my (part-time) PhD on non-state actors in global climate governance: a longitudinal, ethnographic study of youth participants in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in October 2014.

My research interests include:

- Non-state actor participation in global governance
- Climate policy, particularly the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- Normative aspects of participation including, justice, legitimacy and representation.
- Education for Sustainable Development
- Climate change education, communication and outreach

Prior to joining the University of Leeds I managed the Global Environment Programme for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, coordinating international environmental education and outreach projects across 145 countries. This included advocating for the rights of women and youth at UN conferences on climate change and sustainable development, including Rio+20. My early career included project management and stakeholder engagement roles in climate change adaptation and flood risk management for the UK Environment Agency and delivering teacher training for the Climate Change Schools Project, based at the Science Learning Centre North East.

I have been closely following the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2012, tracking the negotiations, advocating for and speaking as an invited expert on Article 6/Action for Climate Empowerment on: Climate Change Education, Training, Public Participation, Public Awareness, Public Access to Information and international co-operation. I am also interested in capacity building and the participation of Non-State Actors, particularly youth, in climate change policies and programmes. Ongoing engagement in global governance processes informs both my research and my teaching.

Experience

  • –present
    PhD researcher, University of Leeds

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Leeds, MSc Environment & Development

Publications

  • 2018
    Youth participation and agency in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics