International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable

 

Senior Associate

Aaron Cosbey is an environmental economist specializing in the areas of trade and sustainable development, international environmental governance, and climate change. He manages IISD’s program of work on trade, investment and climate change.

He is a past Member of International Trade Canada's Market Access Advisory Group, past Member of the Deputy Minister for International Trade's Academic Advisory Council on Canadian Trade Policy, and of the Minister for International Trade's Environmental Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade, where he chaired the SAGIT's Working Group on the FTAA.

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Affiliations

  • Advisory board, McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.
  • Advisory board, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan).

Education

  • Master of Development Economics (1992): Dalhousie University.
  • Bachelor of Arts – Economics (1989): University of Regina.
  • Bachelor of Arts – Economics and Psychology (1986): University of Regina.
Bilateral Investment Treaties, Mining and National Champions: Making it work (Preliminary Version)
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Howard Mann, Maxine Cunningham (July 10, 2014)
The Green Goods Agreement: Neither green nor good?
Commentary: Aaron Cosbey (February 4, 2014)
Green Industrial Policy and the World Trading System
Paper: Aaron Cosbey (December 4, 2013)
The Cost of Carbon Pricing: Competitiveness implications for the mining and metals industry
Paper: Lucy Kitson, Peter Wooders, Aaron Cosbey (May 17, 2013)
Competitiveness Implications for Mining and Metals
Paper: Lucy Kitson, Peter Wooders, Aaron Cosbey (May 17, 2013)
A Guide for the Concerned: Guidance on the elaboration and implementation of border carbon adjustment
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Susanne Droege, Carolyn Fischer, Julia Reinaud, John Stephenson, Lutz Weischer, Peter Wooders (November 21, 2012)
Investment Treaties and Why They Matter to Sustainable Development: Questions and answers
Book: Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Aaron Cosbey, Lise Johnson, Damon Vis-Dunbar (December 22, 2011)
Agriculture and Trade in the Climate Change Negotiations
Paper: Aaron Cosbey (November 29, 2011)
Agriculture in an International Climate Change Agreement
Paper: Deborah Murphy, Aaron Cosbey, Hilary Hove (November 29, 2011)
TRI-CC Conference - Aaron Cosbey (2011)
November 22, 2011

Cosbey discusses the similarity between the roots of the climate and trade multilateral impasses, the increasing urgency of climate change as driver of policy, the unlikelihood of ...

Border Carbon Adjustments: What Risk for South African Exporters?
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Peter Wooders (August 31, 2011)
Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication - Enabling Conditions Supporting the Transition to a Global Green Economy
Book: Peter Wooders, Mark Halle, Christopher Beaton, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Aaron Cosbey, Tara Laan, Kerryn Lang, Oshani Perera, David Sawyer, Yasser Sherif (Environics Consulting Firm) (April 5, 2011)
Climate Change and International Investment Agreements: Obstacles or opportunities?
Paper: Fiona Marshall, Aaron Cosbey, Deborah Murphy (June 30, 2010)
Sustainable China Trade: A Conceptual Framework
Paper: Aaron Cosbey (June 25, 2010)
China's Electrical Power Sector, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Trade
Paper: Song Hong, Aaron Cosbey, Matthew Savage (January 19, 2010)
Options for Policy-Makers: Addressing Competitiveness, Leakage and Climate Change
Paper: Peter Wooders, Julia Reinaud, Aaron Cosbey (December 4, 2009)
A Sustainable Development Roadmap for the WTO
Book: Aaron Cosbey (November 17, 2009)
Border Carbon Adjustment and Free Allowances: Responding to Competitiveness and Leakage Concerns
Paper: Peter Wooders, Aaron Cosbey, John Stephenson (November 10, 2009)
Embodied Carbon in Traded Goods
Paper: Kejun Jiang, Aaron Cosbey, Debora Murphy (August 28, 2008)
Clean Energy Investment
Paper: Aaron Cosbey (August 28, 2008)
Border Carbon Adjustment
Paper: Aaron Cosbey (August 28, 2008)
Clean Energy Investment: Policymakers' Summary
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Jennifer Ellis, Mahnaz Malik, Howard Mann (August 20, 2008)
Clean Energy Investment: Project synthesis report
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Jennifer Ellis, Mahnaz Malik, Howard Mann (August 20, 2008)
Furthering EU Objectives on Climate Change and Clean Energy: Building Partnerships with Major Developing Economies
Book: Deborah Murphy, John Drexhage, Aaron Cosbey, Dennis Tirpak, Christian Egenhofer (April 11, 2008)
Trade and Climate Change Linkages
Paper: Aaron Cosbey (January 10, 2008)
Rapid Trade and Environment Assessment (RTEA): National Report for Lao PDR
Paper: Sabrina Shaw, Aaron Cosbey, Heike Baumuller, Tom Callander, Latsamay Sylavong (December 10, 2007)
Rapid Trade and Environment Assessment (RTEA): National Report for Thailand
Paper: Sabrina Shaw, Aaron Cosbey, Heike Baumuller, Bunchorn Songsamphant (December 10, 2007)
Trade and Environment: A Resource Book
Book: Adil Najam, Mark Halle, Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Sabrina Shaw, Malena Sell, Heike Baumüller, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Luke Eric Peterson, Konrad von Moltke, Aaron Cosbey, (May 31, 2007)
Climate Change, Competitiveness and Trade
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Richard Tarasofsky (May 23, 2007)
Climate Change and Foreign Policy: An exploration of options for greater integration
Book: John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy, Oli Brown, Aaron Cosbey, Peter Dickey, Jo-Ellen Parry, John Van Ham, Richard Tarasofsky, Beverley Darkin (March 8, 2007)
Which Way Forward? - Issues in developing an effective climate regime after 2012
Book: Aaron Cosbey, Warren Bell, Deborah Murphy, Jo-Ellen Parry, John Drexhage, Anne Hammill, John Van Ham (November 17, 2005)
Environmental Health and International Trade
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Luke Eric Peterson, László Pintér (July 15, 2005)
Realizing the Development Dividend: Making the CDM Work for Developing Countries (Phase I Report) - Executive Summary
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Jo-Ellen Parry, Jodi Browne, Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu, Preety Bhandari, John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy (May 17, 2005)
Realizing the Development Dividend: Making the CDM Work for Developing Countries (Phase I Report)
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Jo-Ellen Parry, Jodi Browne, Yuvaraj Dinesh Babu, Preety Bhandari, John Drexhage, Deborah Murphy (May 17, 2005)
IISD Model International Agreement on Investment for Sustainable Development - Negotiators' Handbook
Book: Howard Mann, Konrad von Moltke, Aaron Cosbey, Luke Eric Peterson (April 26, 2005)
IISD Model International Agreement on Investment for Sustainable Development
Paper: Howard Mann, Konrad von Moltke, Aaron Cosbey, Luke Eric Peterson (April 26, 2005)
Advancing Sustainable Development in Canada: Policy issues and research needs
Book: Stephan Barg, Aaron Cosbey, Heather Creech, William H. Glanville, Marlene Roy, Darren A. Swanson, Henry David Venema, Konrad von Moltke (January 27, 2005)
Comments on ICSID Discussion Paper, "Possible Improvements of the Framework for ICSID Arbitration"
Paper: Howard Mann, Aaron Cosbey, Luke Eric Peterson, Konrad von Moltke (December 15, 2004)
A Nordic Research Agenda on Environment and Trade
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Konrad von Moltke (November 19, 2004)
State of Trade and Environment Research: Building a New Research Agenda
Paper: Konrad von Moltke, Aaron Cosbey (November 19, 2004)
Investment and Sustainable Development: A Guide to the Use and Potential of International Investment Agreements
Book: Aaron Cosbey, Howard Mann, Luke Eric Peterson, Konrad von Moltke (May 25, 2004)
Miami FTAA Results a Complete Wash
Commentary: Aaron Cosbey (December 9, 2003)
Investment, Doha and the WTO
Paper: Luke Eric Peterson, Konrad von Moltke, Howard Mann, Aaron Cosbey (August 15, 2003)
The Kyoto Protocol and the WTO
Paper: Aaron Cosbey (November 26, 2002)
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: An Analysis on Results
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Stanley Burgiel (January 3, 2002)
Beyond Regulation: Exporters and Voluntary
Book: Aaron Cosbey, Robert Kerr, Ron Yachnin (October 5, 2001)