Kyla studied the scientific basis of contemporary environmental problems at University of British Columbia before moving on to study international environmental law at the University of Nottingham. She spent four years at the Institute of Environmental Studies in Amsterdam, where she completed her PhD. Kyla is the volunteer co-coordinator of the Earth System Governance Research Fellows Network. Outside of academia, she has worked for a number of environmental non-governmental organizations.
Kyla's main area of interest is the intersection between economic law and policy and environmental governance. Her PhD focused on investor-state disputes concerning environmental regulation that were brought to international arbitration under bilateral and regional investment agreements. Her current project looks in more depth at environmental provisions in foreign investment contracts, which are agreements made directly between a foreign investor and a government or state-owned entity acting on behalf of its government.