Dr. Joy A. Kim has been working in the area of economic and environmental policies specially on the issue of climate change, trade and environment, environmental goods and services as well as environmental governance almost 15 years. Before joining UNEP, she worked as an economist/senior policy analyst at the Environment as well as the Trade/Agriculture Directorates of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris; a research associate at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo; Visiting Professor at the Aoyamagakuin University in Tokyo; PhD researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK; and Assistant researcher at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy in Seoul.
She was also a leadership fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and contributing author of the 4th Global Environmental Outlook of UNEP. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of East Anglia in the UK. Her major publications include 'Matching support with nationally appropriate mitigation actions' (lead-author, OECD/IEA), 'Trade and climate policies in the post-2012 world' (co-author, UNEP), 'Facilitating trade in selected climate change mitigation technologies in the energy supply, building and industry sectors' (co-author, OECD), 'Institutional interplay: biosafety and trade' (co-editor, UNU Press) and 'Envisioning a sustainable development agenda for trade and environment (co-author)'.