Department of Global Development Studies

DEPARTMENT OF

Global Development Studies

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GRADUATE STUDENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE:  GREEN KEYNESIANISM RESEARCH PROJECT

The Global Financial Crisis brought about a ‘Keynesian moment’ with a return to more active government intervention in the economy in many countries. Some actors endeavored to make it a ‘Green Keynesian moment’ by pushing governments to invest fiscal stimulus in climate change mitigation measures. Although the opportunity to tackle the environmental and economic crises simultaneously was missed in this instance, Green Keynesianism as a potential policy framework merits further inquiry. This research program combines interdisciplinary theoretical insights and the experience of governments with ‘green stimulus’ to develop a robust version of Green Keynesianism that is equitable and respects planetary boundaries.

PhD position (commencing September 2019)

  • Student will enrol in either Environmental Studies or Global Development Studies
  • Student will conduct research on the role of the state in the transition to a ‘green economy’ or on global institutions that can either help or hinder Green Keynesianism (e.g. IMF, trade agreements, ILO)
  • The project is interdisciplinary – students with a background in politics, international relations, environmental policy, development studies or ecological economics are especially encouraged to apply
  • Position based at Queen’s University
  • Funding is available for student fieldwork
  • Guaranteed allowance (includes RA/TA positions): CAD 28,000/year for 4 years

MES or MA position (commencing September 2019)

  • Student will enrol in either Environmental Studies or Global Development Studies
  • Student will conduct research on the initiatives by subnational governments to facilitate the transition to a ‘green economy’ (e.g. Alberta coal phase-out, Michigan incentives for advanced battery industry)
  • The project is interdisciplinary – students with a background in politics, international relations, environmental policy, or ecological economics are encouraged to apply • Position based at Queen’s University
  • Funding is available for student fieldwork
  • Guaranteed allowance (includes RA/TA positions): CAD 20,000/year for 2 years

To apply:
Contact: Dr Kyla Tienhaara (kyla.tienhaara@queensu.ca)

Please send the following:

  1. A cover letter sharing your research interests and reasons for applying to graduate school;
  2. CV;
  3. university transcripts;  and
  4. a writing sample.
     

Deadline: 1 February 2019
Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Kyla Tienhaara

Kyla Tienhaara

Dr. Kyla Tienhaara is an interdisciplinary social scientist and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Economy and Environment. Dr. Tienhaara completed her PhD at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2008).  Dr. TIenhaara also holds a Master’s degree in environmental science and law from the University of Nottingham (2002) and a Bachelor of Science in environmental science, with a minor in international relations, from the University of British Columbia (2001).

Research Interests/Current Research

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.

Dr. Tienhaara will continue to expand on this area of research, with a particular focus on Green Keynesian initiatives in Canada and the United States, in my CRC research program.