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Session 3: Regulation and the Environment

Questions concerning public policy and regulation in the environment-development debate will be addressed. The focus will be on the role of voluntary multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives in the context of states with limited administrative capacity. Flavia Donadelli and Larissa Boratti will present a case study on private forest regulation in Latin America in order to stimulate an open debate about the role of alternative environmental governance mechanisms in developing countries.


  • To discuss the role of public policy and regulation as well as voluntary multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives (MSI) in the development-environment debate.
  • To shed light on the role of non-state actors in tackling state capacity challenges in socio-environmental regulation.
  • To illustrate conceptual debates through the presentation of a case study on forest certification in Latin America.
  • To stimulate participants to consider the implication of such approach to their own research.

Key themes

  • Public Policy, Regulation and Sustainability
  • Voluntary multi-stakeholder sustainability initiatives (MSI)
  • The role of alternative governance strategies in face of limited state capacity
  • Environmental regulations in the Global South

Our speaker:


Dr Kira Matus

Kira Matus-Photo

Deputy Head of Department
and Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Sustainability

Kira Matus is currently Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer at STEaPP.  Kira is also a visiting scholar at the Harvard Sustainability Science Program, where since 2011 she has been the co-Project Director and Manufacturing Sector Lead Investigator in the Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development project.   In addition, she is  a research associate in the LSE’s  Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).


From 2010 through 2014, Kira was Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management in the Department of Government at the LSE, a member of the Comparative Public Policy, Administration and Regulation (CPPAR) research group.  At the LSE, Kira taught courses in Public Management, the Politics of Policy Advice, the Law and Politics of Regulation, Sustainability Science & Policy, and Comparative Public Policy Change.  Kira was the also the LSE’s 2013 Environmental Hero Award winner.  In 2014, she was a member of the faculty for ‘Sustainability Science  A Short Course for Researchers’ at Venice International University. From 2009-2010, Kira was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale University.  Kira  received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she was a recipient the US EPA’s STAR Graduate Fellowship, a Giorgio Ruffalo Doctoral Fellow Sustainability Science, and a recipient of the Vicki Norberg-Bohm Fellowship.  She has an SM in Technology and Policy from MIT, where she was part of the Joint Program for the Science and Policy of Global Change, and an ScB in Chemistry from Brown University.

Current Activites

Kira’s research concentrates on the intersection of innovation, policy, and sustainable development, with a focus on sustainable production-consumption systems, certification and voluntary regulatory tools, and the interface of science and policy.  Kira is also investigating the use of scientific expertise in the policy process, particularly in the cases of controversies surrounding efforts to control bovine Tb with the culling badgers in the UK and possums in the NZ.  Finally, Kira has a longstanding interest in regulation, particularly in the chemical industry. Kira is on the executive committee of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption.

Coordinators: Dr Kira Matus, Larissa Boratti and Flávia Donadelli

Place: Anatomy Museum, Strand Building, KCL

Date: 10/28/2015

Time: 17h00 – 19h00

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