Kaia Turowski is a PhD student funded by an LSE Law doctoral studentship. Her research is cross-departmental, under the guise of LSE’s Grantham Research Institute (supervised by Joana Setzer) and the Law department (supervised by Michael Blackwell). Kaia’s research, titled ‘Obstruction Within the Legal Opportunity Structure: the Role of Fossil Fuel Lobbying in Climate Litigation’ looks at judicial lobbying and how amicus curiae briefs filed by the fossil fuel lobby obstruct climate litigation. 

Kaia holds a BA in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Reed College and a Masters in Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law from the Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. There, she was a research assistant for Dr. Lisa Benjamin. 

Kaia has been project managing Brown University’s Climate Social Science Network Working Group on climate-washing and net-zero commitments. She is also a research assistant for Joana Setzer at the Grantham Research Institute in this group. Additionally, Kaia contributes to the Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics project at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Research Interests

  • Climate litigation
  • Carbon Major lobbying
  • Lobbying regulation
  • Amicus curiae briefs
  • Socio-legal study of climate change and climate justice  
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