Janelle Knox-Hayes is a D.Phil. candidate in Economic Geography. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a triple major in Ecology (Summa Cum Laude), International Affairs, and Japanese Language in 2004. In 2006 she earned her Master of Science Degree in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy with Distinction from the Oxford University Centre for the Environment. Before beginning her graduate studies, Janelle worked for the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, and for the Government Accountability Office in Washington D.C. In 2005, she was selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. Janelle has conducted extensive research in ecology and environmental policy in both United States and Japan. In addition, she has experience conducting research in the social sciences including training in statistical analysis, and has recently completed a project mapping and describing the socio-demographic characteristics of UK pension entitlements.
Janelle's research focuses on institutional networks and market development. She is investigating the development of carbon markets, and their ability to contribute to earth system governance. The analysis is conducted looking through the lens of regulatory entities and the financial service industry (the market makers), with the use of surveys, interviews, close-dialogue and Q analysis. The study aims to provide one of the first transatlantic maps of the demand-side of the carbon market network, and will explore questions in economic geography regarding the construction of a market, including 1) the role of design and path dependence, 2) the complementarity of products, services, and expertise and 3) the structure of market flows, transactions and institutions in space and time.