Senior Researcher

Docent in Climate Law & Policy (Adjunct Professor)

Yamineva’s primary area of expertise is international climate law and governance, where she has published on the UN negotiations' process, climate finance, and short-lived climate pollutants (black carbon, methane). She has been participating in the UN climate negotiations in various capacities for more than a decade. She has also conducted research on national climate policies (China, Russia). Other topics include air pollution law and science-policy interface.

This work has been published in leading academic journals including Nature Climate Change, Earth Systems Governance, Environmental Science and Policy, and Transnational Environmental Law. Yamineva has also contributed to several major UN and other policy reports, most recently the 2019 UNEP-CCAC report 'Air Pollution in the Asia-Pacific: Science-based Solutions'.

Yamineva's approach to research is interdisciplinary drawing on the fields of international environmental law, and global environmental politics and governance. She participates in several large multidisciplinary projects and closely collaborates with climate scientists.

Yamineva holds Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Cambridge. Following doctoral research, she worked in the intergovernmental negotiations for UN Climate Change Convention Secretariat (climate finance) and International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Contact info


Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Law School






Teaching Activities

  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Climate Change Law & Policy
Current PhD students:
  • Raihanatul Jannat, PhD project ‘Role of transnational climate law in enhancing socio-economic resilience through gender-based adaptation: case studies from Bangladesh and the Finnish Arctic”, started in 2020
  • Firuz Suleymanov, PhD project ‘The impact of Azerbaijan – Armenia conflict on the environment in the South Caucasus: the role of water in the conflict’, joint supervision with the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, started in 2020
  • Saga Eriksson, PhD project 'EU sustainable finance legislation: Towards creation of green markets and agency?', started in 2022
  • Moritz Petersmann, PhD project 'Fit for governing modern wicked problems? International science-policy interfaces under scrutiny', started in 2022

Societal Activities

Yamineva regularly consults for UN agencies, mainly on capacity building for climate change negotiations, and formulating and implementing national climate policies. She holds several expert positions, including in the task force on implementation for the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (2019 -) and the Swedish research council Formas (2019-). She is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, a research fellow of the Earth Systems Governance network, and a member of several policy impact task groups under the Academy of Finland's flagship 'Atmosphere and Climate Competence Centre'.

Research groups and research projects

  1. Slowing Down Climate Change: Combining Climate Law and Climate Science to Identify the Best Options to Reduce Emissions of Short-lived Climate Forcers in Developing Countries (ClimaSlow project 2017-2022, European Research Council, PI - Kulovesi): Research on regulation of SLCPs internationally and in China.
  2. Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (2021 - 2024 , Academy of Finland Flagship funding): Co-coordinator of the research programme on Climate impacts and adaptation, and member of several impact task groups.