Remi Chandran

UNU-IAS PhD Fellow

  • Remi Chandran
    Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, 220-8502 Yokohama
    +81 (0) 45 221-2300


    MSc, Agriculture, University College Dublin
    BSc, Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University

    Biographical Statement

    Remi Chandran is an environmental policy researcher and currently a PhD fellow at UNU-IAS and a researcher at University of Twente in Netherlands. For the last ten years, he has been working to build evidence based policy making with regard to enforcement of CITES convention through the Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS), an initiative he developed while at UN University in Tokyo in 2005. He continues to coordinates the WEMS initiative as its work expands in East and Central Africa.

    Within the environmental policy framework, His research particularly looks into interactions of human and environmental systems, how normative beliefs within the wildlife policy subsystem defines policies and, the role of evidence and science in decision making process within UN Multilateral Agreements. 

    His regional expertise is on East Asia and, East and Central Africa.

    Mr. Chandran has more than 15 years of experience, working with Governments and United Nations organizations in the area of environmental governance issues and has managed several national and international development projects.

    He is also a recipient of UNU-IAS PhD fellowship (2012-2013), Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (2010-2013) and The Irish Government (ICOS) fellowship (1995-97). His work on WEMS initiative has been quoted by several media including Reuters, Kyodo news and Japan Times.

    Mr. Chandran completed his MSc (Agriculture) from the University College Dublin (1995-97) and currently pursuing his PhD in Multilevel governance at University of Twente in the Netherlands.