Edna Ayeley Okine

PhD Researcher

Edna’s research is part funded by the University of Strathclyde’s Dean’s Global Research Scholarship 2019/2020. Her research explores the legal framework of third sector laws, policies and practices within the scope of authority, accountability, participation and funding measures in combating climate change and environmental degradation.  Achieving sustainable development is a global agenda which calls for action on the part of various actors.  Answering the question of who in the third sector has the power to do what, with what means, where, how and answerable to whom is the focus of this research. Using comparative legal approaches, Edna’s research examines national laws starting with Scotland and Ghana, international laws and policies, legal cases, as well as NGO policies and actions. This is done  with the aim of creating a map of current third sector legal regimes,  Environmental Trust Funds and access in order to highlight the scope of ‘permitted’ public  participation inputs in achieving sustainable Development.

Edna is currently involved in supervising diploma students at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) for their capstone and final year research projects. Prior to joining SCELG, Edna co-founded a student re-use shop at Strathclyde to help reduce end-of-term waste and help students safe money. She also volunteered at Empower Women for Change, a charity in Glasgow.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from GIJ and studied for her LLB at Strathclyde where she was a member and student legal advisor of the Strathclyde Law Clinic. She then persued an LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development at Strathclyde and was a member of SCELG’s student run Climate and Sustainability Project 2015/2016. Her group  explored the implementation of the SDGs into national policies, and presented their findings at the 1st Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium, the CASP 2016 workshop and published their research in a workbook by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. For her LLM thesis, she undertook field research in Ghana and Uganda and explored the opportunities and challenges in achieving sustainable development through ‘shea trade’. Her PhD research builds on her findings in her LLM dissertation.