Angela Alison Pringle

Angela Pringle is PhD candidate in the faculty of law at The University of Hong Kong. Her research is interdisciplinary, exploring the capabilities provided by emerging digital technology applications within the global economic system to create the potential for more effective transnational environmental governance of complex environmental issues.
Using exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) as a case study and the regulatory framework of Systems Theory, Angela’s research analyzes whether such digital applications (particularly artificial intelligence and big data analytics but also distributed ledgers, online payment systems and social media technologies) have the potential to create new, reflexive mechanisms for imposing self-limitations on the global economy’s expansionist tendencies that hinder effective transnational environmental governance efforts towards EDCs. Her research also considers the theoretical significance of these emerging digital technologies; whether they create an innovative new a theoretical model for transnational environmental governance, which may ultimately transform our approach for achieving effective environmental protection

Before beginning her Ph.D, Angela worked in the sustainable investment industry, with roles in acquisitions, advisory and corporate governance. Angela received her LL.B/JD from Dalhousie University. She also holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales and a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University.

Angela has received several awards for academic excellence including a postgraduate studentship to complete her PhD, the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand’s prize for achieving the highest average across the core courses of the Masters of Environmental Management, the New South Wales’ School of Law course prize for achieving the highest grade in the Environmental Markets course and placement on the Dean’s List at the University of New South Wales’ School of Law.

Field of Study: Transnational Environmental Law; Governance of Digital Technology; Regulatory Technology, Theories of Governance and Regulation

Thesis Title: Big Data’s Big Bang – Creating a New Regulatory Universe for Environmental Protection through Digital Technology: A Case Study of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and New Perspectives on Systems Theory by a Rising Transnational Environmental Governance Actor

Programme of Study: Ph.D.

Supervisor(s): Shahla Ali

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