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Katrina Kelly

PhD Candidate Environmental Politics and Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences



Katrina Kelly is a US citizen working in central London on issues relating to energy and the global political economy. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Economics, Duquesne University (Graduated with Honors, 2009) with a concentration in Modern languages and a Master's of International Relations, Hult International Business School (Graduated with High Honours, 2010) . Katrina is now in the final year of her PhD in Politics and Economics at the University of Nottingham, focusing on Energy and Environmental Governance.

Working now as a Strategic consultant specializing in policy analysis for public and private organisations, Katrina has been acting as the lead economist on energy and resource issue's for more than two years. She specializes in market segmentation, forecasting, and risk analysis. Her previous professional experience includes working with national organisations including the US Department of Interior as an economist and for the Federal Home Loan Bank as a policy analyst. In addition to working as an economist for Article 13 and her doctoral studies, Katrina is also the market fellow for the Climate Institute, an international non-governmental organisation formed by leading climate expert Dr. John Topping.

Expertise Summary

Examples of Consulting:

Analysis and options for the Department of Interior seeking understanding of private funding options for federal land use. This work analysed financial performance and identified low-value projects to provide recommendations for external funding. Developed an departmental understanding of funding programmes and support opportunities from private organisations from resource funds and subsidiary support.

Investigation of establishing a fund for artic climate mitigation. Prepared and analysed statistics to coordinate with government officials to develop market-based instruments for initial market launch.

A review of environmental programs across various countries to understand their comparative economic performance and the effects on individual market performance.

Liaising between Federal banking agencies and local banking communities to develop optimal financial regulation legislation

Teaching Summary

American Politics

European Politics

Research Summary

My research focus's on the nature of the relationship between the enviornment, energy, and the economy in the United States and the European Union. Taking a comparative approach, I use an… read more

Current Research

My research focus's on the nature of the relationship between the enviornment, energy, and the economy in the United States and the European Union. Taking a comparative approach, I use an institutional lens to identify the main institutions involved in climate change governance. Beginning with the initial Earth Summit in 1992 and concluding with the Rio+20 summit in 2012, I seek to understand the institutional change necessary for climate change governance. Specifically analyzing the key actors and institutions involved in the Kyoto Protocol and NAAEC agreements, I compare the effects different economic prescriptions has on the policy mechanisms put in place to combat climate change. In doing so, I place key emphasis on the mechanisms and attitudes necessary for the institutional evolution that is necessary for incorporating innovation into overall governance.

Past Research

My master's dissertation focused on the comparative relationship between environmental governance in the US, EU, and China. I completed my field research in Shanghai that also included investigation into the launch of renewable energy projects of China in 2010.

Future Research

I am currently examining the relationship between energy, environment, and the economy in the EU and the US but hope to expand my studies after the completion of my doctorate to include key energy economies such as Russia, China, and the Caspian Sea Region.

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