University of St Andrews

Postgraduates

Esther Lew

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Email:  el45@st-andrews.ac.uk

Supervisors:  Dr Darren McCauley & Dr David McCollum

 

Research Title

The Role of Non State Actors in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: The case of Climate Change Negotiations

Description

Climate change is one of the pressing environmental issues of present time. The United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the sole multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) aims at addressing the effect of climate change by governing or setting binding limits on the emission of greenhouse gases by countries. UNFCCC’s governing rules provide only government officials with decision-making authority. Non-governmental organisations (known as non-state actors (NSAs) in this study) participate merely as observers with no decision making power. Though without decision making authority, NSAs have been successful in influencing the negotiation outcomes by forwarding their agenda via formal and informal interaction with government officials (known as state actors (SAs) in this study). Such development presents an interesting subject to be explored. Therefore this research intends to study and understand the role of NSAs in climate change negotiations and how they interact and influence the formulation of government’s negotiation position. Particular focus will be on the interaction between civil societies and business corporations with government’s officials, in the context of the on-going climate change negotiation, ie. the Durban Platform negotiations.

Biography

Esther completed her B.Sc.(Hons) in Biological Science at National University of Malaysia and subsequently obtained her Master in Environmental Management from the same institution. She also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration, Malaysia. She joined the government service upon completion of her studies and her job exposed her to various sustainable development related issues which triggers her interest in pursuing her current research. She is a recipient of her government’s Federal Training Award and is currently on sabbatical leave to complete her PhD.

Publications

  • Law of Negligence: Environmental Hazard & Risk Management joint paper with Muhammad Rizal Razman & Mazalizah Matsah, in Proceeding of Kustem’s 2nd Annual Seminar on Sustainability Science and Management 2003 (Terengganu, Malaysia, 6-7 May 2004)
  • Law of Negligence in Environmental Management: A Case Study in Negeri Sembilan (published in Malay Langguage “Penggunaan Undang-Undang Kecuaian Dalam Pengurusan Persekitaran: Kajian Di Negeri Sembilan”), joint paper with Muhammad Rizal Razman, in Proceeding Seminar Pengurusan Persekitaran 2003 (Selangor, Malaysia, 8-9 July 2003)
  • Accumulation of Pb, Cd, Cu and Zn in Creepers at Selected Agricultural Area (published in Malay Langguage “Pengumpulan Logam Pb, Cd, Cu dan Zn Dalam Sayuran Merayap Di Kawasan Pertanian Terpilih”) joint paper with Khairiah J, A. Maimon dan A. Aminah, in Proceeding Simposium Kimia Analisis Malaysia Ke-15 (Penang, Malaysia, 10-12 September 2002)
  • Accumulation of Pb, Cd, Cu and Zn in Vegetables at Selected Agricultural Area (published in Malay Langguage “Pengumpulan Logam Pb, Cd, Cu dan Zn Dalam Sayuran Merayap Di Kawasan Pertanian Terpilih”) joint paper with Khairiah Jusoh, Maimon Abdullah and Aminah Abdullah, in Jurnal Sains Malaysiana, Vol.33,2003.
  • Agricultural Industrialisation: Strategic Direction of the Agro-food Sector in the Ninth Malaysia Plan (published in Malay Language “Perindustrian Pertanian: Halatuju Sektor Agro-Makanan Dalam Rancangan Malaysia Kesemembilan”) in Buletin Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani Bil 2/2006.
  • New Agriculture (published in Chinese Language “新式农业”), in Newsprint  农牧世界, 2007
  • Climate Change: A Global Prespective (published in Malay Langguage “Perubahan Iklim: Satu Perspektif Global”) in Buletin Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani Bil 2/2008.