Greening Through Trade: How American Trade Policy Is Linked to Environmental Protection Abroad
(MIT Press, 2020)
Global Environmental Politics:
Understanding the Governance of the Earth
(Oxford University Press, 2020)
Dr. Sikina Jinnah is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and an affiliated graduate faculty of Politics at University of California at Santa Cruz. She is also an 2017 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, co-editor of the journal Environmental Politics, and a member of the Advisory Committee for Harvard University's Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx).
Her research focuses on global environmental governance, with a focus on climate change, solar geoengineering, and the nexus between international trade and environmental politics. Most recently she has been working to develop theoretically derived recommendations for the governance of solar geoengineering technologies.
Her first book ("Post-treaty Politics: Secretariat Influence in Global Environmental Governance," MIT Press 2014) received the 2016 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for best book in international environmental affairs from the International Studies Association. The book examines the role of international bureaucracies in managing the politics of overlapping international regimes in the areas of biodiversity, climate change and international trade. Her second book (with Simon Nicholson), "New Earth Politics: Essays from the Anthropocene" (MIT Press 2016) engages leading scholars in a discussion over the role of global environmental politics in the age of the Anthropocene. Her new book, "Greening through Trade" (MIT 2020) examines the role of US preferential trade agreements in influencing environmental politics abroad and was a finalist for the 2021 Canadian Political Science Association's Prize in International Relations. She is also the co-author of a textbook entitled, "Global Environmental Politics: Understanding the Governance of the Earth" (Oxford University Press, 2020). She has two additional edited collections forthcoming: "Trajectories in Environmental Politics" (Routledge) and "Teaching Environmental Politics and Justice" (Edward Elgar).
Dr. Jinnah's research has also been published in several scholarly journals, including: Nature Geoscience, Global Environmental Politics, Global Governance, International Studies Review, Environmental Politics, the Journal of Environment and Development, Environmental Research Letters, Berkeley Journal of International Law Publicist, Climate Policy, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, and Science.
Jinnah currently serves on the editorial board for the journal Global Environmental Politics, co-edits Environmental Politics, is a Senior Research Fellow with the Earth System Governance project, and sits on the Board of Advisors of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment's (FCEA). Jinnah also co-edits an MIT Press book series (with Simon Nicholson), called One Planet.
Prior to coming to UCSC Jinnah was an Assistant and Associate Professor of International Relations at American University's School of International Service. She held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and was also a consultant for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), where she reported on CITES and UNFCCC processes for IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
PhD, Environmental Science, Policy and Management U.C. Berkeley
MS, Environmental Studies
University of Montana, Missoula
BA (honors), Environmental Science
Jinnah, Sikina, Simon Nicholson and David Morrow. (2021) “Splitting Geoengineering Governance: How Problem Structure Shapes Institutional Design” Global Policy. 12(S1):8-19.
Hayes, Graeme, Sikina Jinnah, Prakash Kashwan, David Koniski, Sherilyn MacGregor, John M. Meyer, Anthony Zito. (2021) “Trajectories in Environmental Politics” Environmental Politics. 30(1): 4-16
Gupta, Aarti, Ina Moller, Frank Biermann, Sikina Jinnah, Prakash Kashwan, Vikrom Mathur, David Morrow and Simon Nicholson. (2020). “Anticipatory Governance of Solar Geoengineering: Conflicting visions of the future and their links to governance proposals.” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.45: 10-19.
Jinnah, Sikina and Simon Nicholson. 2019. "The Hidden Politics of Climate Engineering." Nature Geoscience. (12): 876-879.
Laurens, Noemi, Zach Dove, Jean-Frédéric Morin, and Sikina Jinnah. 2019. “NAFTA 2.0: The Greenest Trade Agreement Ever?” World Trade Review. 18(4): 659-677.
Burch, Sarah, Gupta Aarti, Cristina Inoue, Agni Kalfagianni, Åsa Persson, Andrea Gerlak, Atsushi Ishii, James Patterson, Jonathan Pickering, Michelle Scobie, Jeroen van der Heijden, Joost Vervoort, Carolina Adler, Michael Bloomfield, Riyanti Djalante, John Dryzek, Victor Galaz, Christopher Gordon, Renée Harmon, Sikina Jinnah, Rakhyun E. Kim, Lennart Olsson, Judith van Leeuwen, Vasna Ramasar, Paul Wapner, Ruben Zondervan. (forthcoming 2019) “New Directions in Earth System Governance Research: A Science and Implementation Plan” Earth System Governance.
Jinnah, Sikina and Simon Nicholson. (2019). “Governing Solar Radiation Management” Environmental Politics. 28(3): 385-396
Jinnah, Sikina, Simon Nicholson and Jane Flegal. 2019. "Towards Legitimate Governance of Solar Geoengineering Research: A Role for Sub-state Actors." Ethics, Policy, and Environment. 21(3)
Policy Reports and Commentaries
Jinnah, Sikina. 2019. “The Swiss UNEA geoengineering proposal: What could they do differently next time?” Solar Geoengineering Research Blog. Harvard Solar Geoenginering Research Program. Harvard University.
Chhetri, Netra, Dan Chong, Ken Conca, Alexander Gillespie, Richard Falk, Aarti Gupta, Sikina Jinnah, Prakash Kashwan, Myanna Lahsen, Andrew Light, Catriona McKinnon, Leslie Paul Thiele, Walter Valdivia, and Paul Wapner. 2018. Governing Solar Radiation Management. Washington, DC: Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University.