Joana Setzer

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, LSE

Joana Setzer

Joana Setzer is a Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, where she leads the Institute’s research on climate litigation.

Since 2013 she has been involved in the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate policy, legislation, and litigation.

Joana’s research interest has been on climate change governance, particularly investigating the engagement of subnational governments and the role of courts in climate governance.


Joana was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow (2016-2019). She holds PhD and an MSc in Environment and Development from the LSE, a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Sao Paulo, and an BA in Law from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica. She worked as the external affairs coordinator of Regions4, a network that represents subnational governments at the international level in the field of sustainable development. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked for eight years as an environmental lawyer in Brazil.

Research interests

  • Subnational diplomacy
  • Multilevel climate and environmental governance
  • Climate change and environmental legislation

Research articles


Policy publications