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Dr Katrien Steenmans is a Lecturer in Law at Coventry University. She was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London, exploring the regulatory and policy frameworks that can enable public-private finance flows for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. Her doctoral research investigated the role of regulations, policies, and property rights in enabling waste exchanges between organisations. She is continuing research within waste law, and is in particular focused on the implications of different property rights in waste, and how blockchain technologies can be used to underpin and support waste regulations and policies. 

Dr Steenmans has worked for the Urban Land Institute on climate change implications for real estate portfolio allocation, and on comparing housing affordability across European cities. She has also produced a report for the Civil Justice Council on civil justice issues. At University College London’s Department for Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy her research focused on barriers to climate action for cities, knowledge production and management within the urban governance context, and the governability of infrastructure resilience and fragility in cities.

Research Interests

EU environmental law; waste law; law and the circular economy; blockchain technology and governance; climate finance law; property rights in waste; property rights for promoting transitions towards circular economies; industrial symbiosis

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Environmental Law, University of Surrey


Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, University of Surrey


LLM in Environmental Law, Queen Mary University of London


Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Trent University


LLB, Nottingham Trent University


Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Trent University


BSc in Mathematics, University of Warwick


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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2017 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Informing Urban Governance? Boundary‐spanning Organisations and the Ecosystem of Urban Data

Acuto, M., Steenmans, K., Iwaszuk, E. & Ortega‐Garza, L., Mar 2019, In : Area. 51, 1, p. 94-103 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

A Rubbish Idea: How Blockchains could Tackle the World’s Waste Problem

Steenmans, K. & Taylor, P., 9 Apr 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contribution

Assessing the 'Governance Grip' of Combined Authorities for Integrated Infrastructure Provision in the UK

Honeybone, P., Steenmans, K. & Acuto, M., 28 Nov 2018, Selected Conference Proceedings: 3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Titheridge, H. & Parikh, P. (eds.). London, p. 52-64 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Open Access
infrastructure development

Activities 2014 2019

  • 18 Oral presentation
  • 5 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Guest Lecture at the University of Surrey

Katrien Steenmans (Speaker)
2 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Climate Finance Law in Guyana: Opportunities and Challenges within the Context of Significant Oil Discoveries

Katrien Steenmans (Speaker)
13 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Blockchain and Climate Finance law: A Perpetual Synergy or a One-way Street?

Katrien Steenmans (Speaker)
16 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Whose Waste?

Katrien Steenmans (Speaker)
21 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Legal Readiness for Climate Finance

Megan Bowman (Co-convenor), Robert Ondhowe (Co-convenor), Christoph Schwarte (Co-convenor), Katrien Steenmans (Co-organiser)
25 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant 2018

Katrien Steenmans (Recipient), Phillip Taylor (Recipient) & Ine Steenmans (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


FindAPhD.com Business, Finance and Law PhD Scholarship 2013

Katrien Steenmans (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

King's Together Multi- and Interdisciplinary Research Fund Award 2017

Megan Bowman (Recipient), Helen Adams (Recipient), Juliane Reinecke (Recipient) & Katrien Steenmans (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

interdisciplinary research

The Society of Legal Scholars Events Fund Grant

Katrien Steenmans (Recipient), Alison Clarke (Recipient) & Rosalind Malcolm (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Press / Media

The plastic islands that remind us all to cut back

Katrien Steenmans


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Quoted in Wired UK Magazine on COP25

Katrien Steenmans


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other