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Aaron Cosbey

Senior Associate

Aaron Cosbey is a development economist with over 25 years of experience in the areas of trade, investment and sustainable development. His work cuts across a number of IISD program areas, with emphasis on climate change and energy, trade and investment law and policy, subsidies and green industrial policy.

Aaron is actively involved with many trade networks, including: Global Affairs Canada’s Environmental Assessment Advisory Group; the Green Growth Knowledge Network’s Trade and Competitiveness Research Committee; International Trade Canada's Market Access Advisory Group, as the Deputy Minister for International Trade’s Academic Advisory Council on Canadian Trade Policy; as the Canadian Minister for International Trade’s Environmental Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade, where he chaired the SAGIT’s Working Group on the FTAA; the UN Tripartite Panel of Experts to the Second Preparatory Committee Meeting for Rio +20, the CEC’s Expert Panel on Environmental Impacts of NAFTA.

Aaron has also served on the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, the Review Board of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Islamabad), and the Expert Group on Clean Energy and the Multilateral Trading System of ICTSD’s E15 initiative. He has acted as a consultant to a wide variety of governments and institutions on the issues of trade, investment and sustainable development, including the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Environment Canada, European University Institute, the Inter-American Development Bank, Canada’s National Round Table on Environment and Economy, the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the United Nations Development Programme, UN Environment, UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the World Bank.

  • 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.