Dr Nicholas Chan Wai Kit

Lecturer in Global Studies

Email: nicholas.chan@monash.edu
Telephone No: +603 5514 6000 (ext: 46264) 
Fax No: +603 5514 6365 
Room No: 2-6-28


D.Phil (International Relations, University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College)
M.Phil (International Relations, University of Oxford (University College)
B.Sc (Econ) (International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth)


Nicholas Chan completed his D.Phil in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he was a Swire Educational Trust scholar at St. Antony’s College. His thesis examined processes of coalition formation among developing countries in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations, and has attended and participated in most UNFCCC meetings since 2011.  

He has taught at the University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus), the University of Oxford, and for Oxbridge Academic Programs. He has consulted for the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s African Climate Policy Centre and Oxford Analytica.


  • International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Globalisation
  • Migration

Research Projects

The politics of intergovernmental climate change negotiations.

This area of research focuses on how developing countries participate in the UNFCCC process and how the UNFCCC regime has evolved over time, especially through constructivist and historical institutionalist perspectives. The former, in particular, includes efforts to understand processes of socialization, argumentation and discourse, and identity formation among developing countries, especially as they relate to the idea of the Global South and other regional identities in international relations.  

The politics of ocean biodiversity conservation.

This area of research focuses on ideas and institutional processes in global oceans governance, especially on the growing trend of establishing large marine protected areas and multilateral negotiations on biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Work in progress includes research on the connection between sovereignty and environmentalism in the world’s oceans, and the social meaning of the emerging ‘large ocean state’ term.

Journal Articles

Chan, Nicholas, 2016, “The ‘New’ Impacts of Climate Change Response Measures”, Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law, 25(2), 228-237. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/reel.12161

Chan, Nicholas, 2016, “Climate Contributions and the Paris Agreement: Fairness and Equity in a Bottom-Up Architecture”, Ethics and International Affairs, 30(3), 291-301. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0892679416000228


I have presented papers at meetings of the International Studies Association, British International Studies Association, Academic Council on the UN System, and the Earth System Governance Project.

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