Tomasz Kaminski is a political scientist who graduated from University of Lodz with Ph.D. thesis entitled “The EU policy towards China 1995-2008”. He teaches undergraduate and graduate students and supervises M.A. thesis. His research interest is on the EU foreign relations with Asia, the role of subnational entities as well as political role of the sovereign wealth funds (SWF). He has conducted many research projects, financed by the EU or Polish National Science Centre in the domain of international relation (Chinese foreign policy instruments, Asian SWFs, the role of subnational actors in Asia). His recent research projects include Jean Monnet Module “Asia as a Challenge for the EU” as well as pioneering examination of the relations between European and Asian subnational actors.

Project Summary

International cooperation of Southeast Asian cities – environmental dimension

Although environmental policy is formulated at the national and supranational level (eg. the EU, the UN), the subnational units bear the responsibility for its practical implementation. Cities consume over two thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. In consequence the position of city governments on ecological issues became an important factor for the general success of global sustainable development. We also observe the development of global environmental networks of subnational governments, whose goals are mainly related to producing and sharing ecological knowledge. Academic literature on this environmental dimension of cooperation is way too much concentrated on Western regions/cities leaving a gap as far as South East Asian (SEA) subnational units are concerned. In this research project Tomasz Kamiński is going to analyse SEA cities’ participation in translocal environmental networks in the context of production and sharing ecological knowledge. On the basis of case studies he will try to understand what are the driving factors, obstacles and impact of the participation in the networks.

Main research questions?

  1. How the SEA subnational units engage in the multi-city networks?
  2. What are the driving factors and obstacles for their participation?
  3. How do SEA cities take part in the ecological knowledge production and sharing and what is their impact on international environmental regimes and standards?