My Research and Publications

I study how global rules for the environment are made, and how, sometimes activists and movements can shape those rules. For a full view of my work, my CV is here: CV_2018

My manuscript, The New Climate Activism, explains why NGOs working on social issues, such as gender or labour, started engaging in UN climate negotiations, and, why some of these newcomers to climate change governance were recognized as actors in that political space while others were not. The book will soon be under review at the University of Toronto Press.

My interest in the process of negotiations benefits greatly by my work as a writer for the Earth Negotiations BulletinSeveral working papers (see below) use the insights gleaned from attending nearly 30 UN negotiations for climate change, chemicals, and wastes.

Currently, I’m working on the concept of ecosystem services. How values are assigned to the services provided by nature – and who uses and innovates this idea – is under explored by political scientists. As part of the ValNat project, I’m helping to uncover the story of ecosystem services globally and in Canada.

In my work, I leverage insights from multiple methods, including social network analysis, interviews, archival research, and participant observation.

Academic Publications:

Allan, Jen Iris and Jennifer Hadden. 2017. “Exploring the Framing Power of NGOs in Global Climate Politics.” Environmental Politics 26 (4): 600-620.

Allan, Jen Iris. 2016. Chemicals Policy: Change: Uncertainty, Risk and Policy Change.” Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Third Edition

Allan, Jen Iris and Peter Dauvergne. 2013. “The Global South in Environmental Negotiations: The Politics of the Coalitions of REDD+” Third World Quarterly 34 (8): 1307-1322.

Working Papers:

Allan, Jen Iris. Climate Activism in the Post-Paris Regime. Under review.

Allan, Jen Iris, David Downie and Jessica Templeton. “Experimenting with TripleCOPs: Productive Innovation or Counterproductive Complexity?” Revised and resubmitted

Allan, Jen Iris. “The Dangerous Incrementalism of the Paris Agreement.” Under review.

Allan, Jen Iris, Tim Cadman and Hayley Stevenson. “The Rise and Fall of Ecosystem Services.” Presented to the International Studies Association, 2018.

Yves Tiberghien, Charles Roger, Steven Bernstein, Tom Hale, Jen Iris Allan, and Richard Balme “The Paris Agreement: How the Global Deal was Done.”

ENB Publications:

As part of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team, I’ve attended over 25 negotiation sessions on climate change, chemicals and wastes and forests, totaling over 100 publications.

Selected Invited Talks:

The Rise and Fall of Ecosystem Services. International Political Economy Network, University of Ottawa, February 2018.

IISD Briefing for Canadian Provincial and Territorial Ministers. “Marrakesh Briefing” November 2016, during the COP.

SimonFraser University, CarbonTalks Dialogue. “Debrief from the Paris COP.” December 2015.

IISD Briefing for Canadian Provincial and Territorial Ministers. “The Paris COP, week one recap and look ahead to week two.” December 2015, during the COP.

Williams College. “From Durban to Paris: What to Expect at COP 22.” November, 2015

SimonFraser University, CarbonTalks Dialogue. “The Paris COP – Expectations and (likely) Reality.” October, 2015