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Dr Tienhaara is an interdisciplinary social scientist and Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment at Queen’s University. Prior to joining the faculty at Queen’s, she held several positions at the Australian National University, including most recently an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) funded research fellowship.

Her 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.

Selected Publications


  • K. Tienhaara, 2018, Green Keynesianism and the Global Financial Crisis (London: Routledge).
  • K. Tienhaara, 2009, The Expropriation of Environmental Governance: Protecting Foreign Investors at the Expense of Public Policy (Cambridge University Press).


  • K. Tienhaara and C. Downie, forthcoming, “Risky Business? The Energy Charter Treaty, Renewable Energy and Investor-State Disputes”, Global Governance.
  • K. Tienhaara, 2018, “Regulatory Chill in a Warming World: The Threat to Climate Change Policy Posed by Investor-State Dispute Settlement”, Transnational Environmental Law 7(2): 229-250.
  • K. Tienhaara, 2016, “Governing the Global Green Economy?” Global Policy 7(4): 481-490.
  • K. Tienhaara, 2015, “Green Stimulus and Pink Batts: The Environmental Politics of Australia’s Response to the Global Financial Crisis”, Journal of Australian Political Economy 76: 54-78.
  • K. Tienhaara, 2014, “Varieties of Green Capitalism: Economy and Environment in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis”, Environmental Politics 23(2): 187-204.

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