Dr Simon Chin-Yee
Room: 2.08 36-38 Gordon Sq.
I have over 15 years of experience in international cooperation and policy through multiple research roles within academia, as well as my work with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). I joined UCL’s School of Public Policy in 2019 as a lecturer in Global Environmental Politics, International Public Policy and the Development Studies. I attained my PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester (July 2018). Entitled Defining Policy: Drivers of Climate Change Policy in Kenya, my thesis was based on extensive training in international political economy and is a thorough climate policy analysis on three levels: international, regional and national. Following my PhD, I was a research fellow in the War Studies Department, King’s College London and the London School of Economics’ Middle East Centre before joining UCL.
My research is focused on climate change, conflict and vulnerable populations – with an emphasis on human security and climate justice on the African Continent. Policy makers no longer speak of climate change solely in terms of environmental issues, but as a multiplying factor that has made its way into a broad spectrum of global political discourse, including narratives around conflict, peace and (in)security. My research links climate change to concepts of security within vulnerable populations. I achieve this by looking at diverse national and local experiences threatened by climate change. Additionally, my research examines the global climate negotiations, understanding how norms, values and rules constructed within the global climate regime have an influence on national policies. My current research project looks at the decarbonisation of the maritime sector in eastern and southern Africa. Shipping represents a significant source of GHG emissions and is important for the economic development of low-income countries. This project aims to support countries as they consider how to achieve GHG emissions reductions, including the co-development of concrete and realistic plans both for national and international decarbonisation actions, political buy-in for implementation of these actions as well as capacity development within country.
- WILLIAMS, J., CHIN-YEE, S., MASLIN, M. et al (2022) ‘Africa and Climate Justice at COP27 and beyond: impacts and solutions through an interdisciplinary lens’ in UCL Open: Environment Preprint. DOI: 10.14324/111.444/000180.v1
- BARNSLEY, J., WILLIAMS, J.A. and CHIN-YEE, S. et al. (2022) ‘Location location location: A carbon footprint calculator for transparent travel to COP27’ in UCL Open: Environment Preprint. DOI: 10.14324/111.444/000179.v1
- CHIN-YEE S. ‘Briefing: Africa and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.’ Journal of African Affairs, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Royal African Society, 2016 May. The Impact Factor for this journal is 2.500, with a 5-year Impact Factor 3.158.
- CHIN-YEE, S. ‘Climate Change and Security: Linking vulnerable populations to increased security risks in the face of the global climate challenge.’ European Centre for Energy and Resource Security and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 2019 February.
CHIN-YEE, S., NIELSEN, T.D., BLAXEKJAER, L.O. (2020) ‘One Voice, One Africa: The African Group of Negotiators’ in Klöck, C., Castro, P., Weiler, F., and Blaxekjær, L.O (eds.) Coalitions in Climate Change Negotiations: Routledge.
- I teach on the Global Environmental Politics, International Public Policy and the Political Economy of Development courses.
- Supervision areas: Environmental and climate change politics; African studies and politics; Economic development and growth.