Semie Sama is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. Semie completed a Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law; an LL.M. in global sustainability and environmental law at the University of Ottawa; an M.Sc. in ecotechnology and sustainable development at Mid Sweden University, Sweden; an M.Sc. in environmental governance at Stockholm University, Sweden; and an LL.B. at the University of Buea, Cameroon.

Semie’s current research examines policy measures for greenhouse gas emission reduction in both industrialized and non-industrialized nations. She has an interest in decarbonization pathways to a clean growth economy, with a focus on energy, industry, forestry and agriculture, transportation, and communities and built-environment sectors. Semie is also interested in a just transition for coal- and oil-producing communities, cities, industries, workers, and for governments and their leaders.

Prior to joining CIGI, Semie was a research fellow with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and continues to be a UNEP Fellow. During her doctoral studies, she participated in conferences, facilitated paper-based exams and delivered lectures in a variety of courses in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Ottawa. Semie was a research assistant at the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, University of Ottawa. She has volunteered with Oxfam Canada and the Foundation for Environment and Development, Cameroon, and authored and co-authored several articles and books.

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