Kyla Tienhaara

Associate Professor

Kyla TienhaaraContact Information

Office: Biosciences Complex 3122
Mailing Address:
School of Environmental Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada,
K7L 3N6


Department and Associations

I am cross-appointed between the School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Global Development Studies.


I am an interdisciplinary social scientist and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Economy and Environment. I completed my PhD at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2008). I also hold 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). I have held several positions at the Australian National University, including most recently an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) funded research fellowship.


I am available to supervise students, particularly those interested in being involved in my CRC research program.

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Research Interests/Current Research

My main area of interest is the intersection between environmental governance and the global economic system. One area of my work has examined investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that are brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. My 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. I 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.