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Kyla Tienhaara

Queen's University

Based in

North America

Kyla Tienhaara is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment in the School of Environmental Studies and Department of Global Development at Queen’s University. Her current work focuses on investment treaty coverage of fossil fuel assets and the use of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) to stall climate action. She is the author of several books, including The Expropriation of Environmental Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Green Keynesianism and the Global Financial Crisis (Routledge, 2018) and A Green and Just Recovery from COVID-19? (Cambridge University Press, 2023). She also co-edited the Handbook on the Green New Deal (Routledge), published in 2022. She sits on the Scientific Steering Committee for the Earth System Governance Project, a global research network that aims to advance knowledge at the interface between global environmental change and governance. She is also an Associate Editor of the journal Earth System Governance.

Country(ies) of Specialty


Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate law and litigation Climate Justice Fossil fuels

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Arcuri, A., Tienhaara, K. & Pellegrini, L. Investment law v. supply-side climate policies: insights from Rockhopper v. Italy and Lone Pine v. Canada. Int Environ Agreements (2024), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10784-023-09622-w

Tienhaara, K., Thrasher, R., Simmons, B. & Gallagher, K. Investor-state dispute settlement: obstructing a just energy transition, Climate Policy (2023), 23:9, 1197-1212, https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2022.2153102

Calvert, J. & and Tienhaara, K. Beyond once bitten, twice shy: Defending the legitimacy of investor-state dispute settlement in Peru and Australia, Review of International Political Economy (2023). https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2022.2134172

Tienhaara, K., Thrasher, R., Simmons, B. & Gallagher, K.Investor-state disputes threaten the global green energy transition.Science376,701-703(2022). DOI:10.1126/science.abo4637

Tienhaara, K. & Walker, J. Fossil Capital, ‘Unquantifiable Risk’ and Neoliberal Nationalizations: The case of the Trans Mountain Pipeline in Canada Geoforum (2021) 124: 120-131, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.06.005

Tienhaara, K. & and Cotula, L. Raising the cost of climate action? Investor-state dispute settlement and compensation for stranded fossil fuel assets, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London (2020), https://pubs.iied.org/17660iied