Dr Simon Chin-Yee
Room: 2.08 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Dr Simon Chin-Yee has over 14 years of experience in international cooperation and policy as a consultant for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as well as within several research roles within Academia. He joined UCL’s School of Public Policy in 2019 as a teaching fellow in Global Environmental Politics, International Public Policy and the Political Economy of Development. Simon attained his PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester (July 2018). Entitled Defining Policy: Drivers of Climate Change Policy in Kenya, his 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 his PhD, Simon had a research fellowship in the War Studies Department, King’s College London.
Dr Simon Chin-Yee’s research focus is 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. Simon’s research links climate change to concepts of security within vulnerable populations. He achieves this by looking at diverse national and local experiences threatened by climate change. Additionally, Simon’s research focuses on the global climate negotiations, examining how the norms, ideas and rules constructed within the global climate regime have an influence on national policies.
- 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., BLAXEKJOER, L.O. (2020) ‘One Voice, One Africa: The African Group of Negotiators’ (Book Chapter – forthcoming 2020) Routledge.
- Simon teaches 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.