PROBLEMSHIFTING: a research programme on the complex dynamics of problem-shifting in global environmental governance

Project Team

Ashok, Frank, Nazira, Işık, Lucie, and Rak



Rakhyun E. Kim
Principal Investigator
Rak Kim is the Principal Investigator of PROBLEMSHIFTING, and Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Governance at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. Read more

Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

PhD Researchers

Ashok Vardhan Adipudi
PhD Researcher
Ashok Vardhan Adipudi is a PhD Researcher within PROBLEMSHIFTING. He holds LLB (Hons) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and BTech (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore. His research interests include network structures and optimization in global environmental governance, complexity and law, and institutional interplay in multilevel governance structures. Read more
Işık Girgiç
PhD Researcher
Işık Girgiç is a PhD Researcher within PROBLEMSHIFTING. After her graduation from Université de Tours with a bachelor’s degree in law, she obtained an LL.M. degree in Public International Law from Utrecht University with a specialization in international environmental law and international law of the sea. Before joining PROBLEMSHIFTING, she worked as a junior researcher within the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea. Her main research interests include regime interaction under international environmental law, law of international institutions, and ocean governance. Read more
Nazira Kozhanova
PhD Researcher
Nazira Kozhanova is a PhD Researcher within PROBLEMSHIFTING. She holds an MA degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations from Nazarbayev University. Before starting her PhD she was a part of the Terraforming think tank at Strelka Institute and worked as an analyst at the Fading TSE NGO. Her research interests include politics of environmental governance, international norms and geoengineering. Read more