Understanding Variation in Environmental Governance through Preferential Trade Agreements
The linkage and interdependence of trade and environmental issues poses significant challenges to global governance. Kennedy Mbeva's PhD thesis explores this theme by answering the following question: Why and how do countries link trade and environmental issues through Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs)?
Using the concept of issue-linkage, Mr Mbeva develops and statistically analyses an original dataset drawn from about 500 PTAs, conducted between 1992 - 2015, to theorise this linkage at the PTA design level. He then undertakes a complementary case study analysis of the East African Community PTA to test the theory focusing on the linkage between trade and renewable energy issues at the implementation level. This PhD thesis will yield theoretical and policy insights into linkage of trade and environmental issues.
Kennedy Mbeva is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Melbourne. His PhD project explores the co-evolution of the trade and environmental governance regimes, focusing on how preferential trade agreements foster (or not) environmental governance.
Prior to commencing his PhD, Kennedy was a Research Fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), a leading pan-African public policy think tank, working on environmental policy and governance, with a focus on climate policy.
Kennedy holds an Msc in Environmental Management from the UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development in Shanghai and a Bsc in Environmental Studies from Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He is also a winner of the prestigious Green Talents Fellowship Award for High Potentials in Sustainability (2014).