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Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment, Queen's University, Ontario

Dr. Kyla Tienhaara is a Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment and an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University, Canada.

Dr. Tienhaara’s main area of interest is the intersection between environmental governance and the global economic system. One area of her work has examined investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that are brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. Her more recent research, published in Green Keynesianism and the Global Financial Crisis (Routledge, 2018), explores the experience of Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and the United States with green stimulus programs following the 2008 global financial crisis.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant professor, Queen's University


  • 2008 
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, PhD International Relations
  • 2002 
    University of Nottingham, MSc Environmental Science and Law
  • 2001 
    University of British Columbia, BSc Environmental Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Building a green economy? The politics of green infrastructure stimulus in the wake of the GFC
    Discovery Early Career Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Environmental And Natural Resources Law (180111)
  • International Trade Law (180117)