Jen’s research explores environmental and social movements, and how global rules are made and remade. Her current book project, The New Climate Activism, explains why non-state actors campaign for causes in which they lack expertise and prior experience, and, why some of these actors are able to successfully join activist and other networks working on these new issues, while others fail to gain such acceptance.
Jen’s publications in Global Environmental Politics, Global Policy, Third World Quarterly, and Environmental Politics further contribute to scholarship on NGO influence and state-based negotiations in global environmental politics. Jen received her PhD from the University of British Columbia in May 2017. The dissertation was based on a unique database on NGO participation in the UN climate change negotiations. Jen’s research employs a range of methods, such as participant observation, social network analysis, and interviews.
Jen is a writer and team leader for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin – the de facto record of global environmental negotiations. Since 2011, Jen attended dozens of UN conferences where states negotiate the rules of global climate governance, as well as chemicals and wastes management.