Environment and Governance Researchers

Professor Anthony Burke

Anthony Burke is Professor of International Politics at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. He is a specialist in international and environmental security, global environmental governance, and green political theory. He is co-author of "Planet Politics: A Manifesto from the end of IR" in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and his recent books include Uranium (Polity 2017), Ethics and Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach (Routledge 2014) and as co-editor, Global Insecurity: Futures of Global Chaos and Governance (Palgrave, 2017). 

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Professor Shirley Scott  

Professor Shirley Scott

Shirley Scott researches at the interface of International Law and International Relations, including on aspects of global environmental governance. She has a particular interest in climate security at a global level and has edited International Law in the Era of Climate Change together with Professor Rosemary Rayfuse (Edward Elgar 2012) and Climate Change and the UN Security Council  with Professor Charlotte Ku (Edward Elgar 2018). Her work on climate change and the UN Security Council is premised on the idea that climate tipping points may well translate into governance tipping points and that there may well come a time when there is much greater appetite for bottom-up efforts to be balanced by effective top-down approaches. 

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Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow Pichamon Yeophantong 

Pichamon Yeophantong

Pichamon is a political scientist with expertise in Chinese foreign policy, and the political economy of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in China and Southeast Asia, and has served as a consultant on rights and development issues to the Africa Progress Panel and Overseas Development Institute, among others. She currently leads two research initiatives, one of which is an Australian Research Council-funded project on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of Chinese resource and infrastructure investment in Southeast Asia.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Umut Ozguc 

Umut Ozguc

Umut Ozguc is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra. She completed her doctoral research on border politics in 2017. She is a cross-disciplinary scholar working on critical security and border studies, settler colonialism, spatial theory, resistance, posthumanism and new materialism. Currently, she is completing her book, Border Heterotopias, and working on a research project on the ecological impacts of border walls. Her current research aims to challenge the overly anthropocentric focus of the contemporary debates over borders and mobility. It seeks to conceptualise the border in ‘more-than-human’ terms. The project examines the adverse impacts of contemporary border technologies on ecosystems, indigenous life-forms, and ecological justice, and seeks to change the way we understand the ethics of borders beyond the human.  In doing so, the project shows why we need the posthuman in contemporary public debates and governance strategies on borders. 

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Professor Jeremy Moss

Professor Moss’s main research interests are in political philosophy and applied philosophy. Current research interests include projects on: climate justice, the ethics of renewable energy as well as the ethical issues associated with climate transitions. He is Co Director of the Practical Justice Initiative and leads the Climate Justice Research program at UNSW as part of the Practical Justice Initiative (PJI). Moss has published several books including: Reassessing Egalitarianism, Climate Change and Social Justice, and Climate Change and Justice (Cambridge University Press). He is the recipient of the Eureka Prize for Ethics, the Australasia Association of Philosophy Media Prize and several Australian Research Council Grants including most recently, Ethics, Responsibility and the Carbon Budget, with researchers from Adelaide, ANU and Oxford. He chaired the UNESCO working group on Climate Ethics and Energy Security, and has been a visitor at Oxford, Milan and McGill universities. Recent publications include: ‘The Morality of Divestment’, Law and Policy, July 2017; ‘Mining and Morality’, Australian Journal of Political Science, Vol 51 No 3, 2016; ‘Going It Alone: Cities and States for Climate Action’, Ethics, Policy and Environment’, 12/2/18.

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Professor Cameron Holley 

Cameron Holley

Cameron researches environmental law, natural resources law, energy law and water law, with a focus on regulation and governance. He has examined issues of compliance and enforcement, environmental security, resilience, planning, accountability, democratic participation, adaptive management and collaborative governance. An empirical researcher, Cameron has worked closely with Australian and international government and non-government organisations on a range of environmental and natural resource management research projects. His current research agenda is centred on water law and energy governance, including unconventional gas, renewable energy, water planning, conventional regulation and monitoring of groundwater use. He was also a member of The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL).

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Professor Marc Williams 

Marc Williams

Marc Williams is currently Associate Dean (International), UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, and a Professor of International Relations. Professor Williams is a specialist in international political economy. His previous research and publications have covered topics such as the politics of international economic organizations; international trade and the environment; civil society and global governance; and the political economy of genetically modified food. His current research focuses on environmental security in the Pacific; the political economy of the shared economy, and the rise of the BRICS.  His most recent book (as co-author) is Combatting Climate Change in the Pacific: The Role of Regional Organizations (Palgrave, 2018).

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Honorary Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf

Honorary Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf

Mark Diesendorf, BSc (Hons), PhD, is Honorary Associate Professor in Environmental Humanities at UNSW Sydney and Education Program Leader of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. Previously he was Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney. Currently his principal research, which is interdisciplinary, is on integrating renewable energy on a large scale into large-scale electricity supply-demand systems and on energy technology assessment and energy policy. His most recent book is Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change (Routledge & UNSW Press).

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Scientia Professor Rosemary Rayfuse 

Rosemary Rayfuse

Rosemary Rayfuse is Scientia Professor of Law at UNSW Sydney and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA). She researches and teaches in the area of Public International Law in general and more specifically in the Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law. She publishes widely on issues of oceans governance, protection of the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction, and the normative effects of climate change on international law, and has special expertise in high seas fisheries, climate change and the oceans, and in polar oceans governance.

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Senior Lecturer Luke Craven 

Luke Craven

Luke Craven is a Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. Dr Craven's research focuses on developing new tools to understand and address complex policy challenges. He works with a range of public sector organisations to adapt and apply systems frameworks to support policy design, implementation, and evaluation. He is known for developing the System Effects methodology, which is widely used to analyse complex causal relationships in participatory and qualitative data. He is also involved in number of collaborative projects that are developing innovative solutions to complex policy challenges, which includes work focused on food insecurity, health inequality, and climate resilience. Dr Craven holds a PhD in Political Science at the University of Sydney, where he remains affiliated with the Sydney Environment Institute, and the Charles Perkins Centre.

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Senior Lecturer Monika Barthwal-Datta


Monika Barthwal-Datta is a Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. Monika’s research draws on critical approaches to security to analyse non-traditional security issues, particularly food security; emerging regional security challenges in South Asia, and Indian foreign policy. Prior to joining UNSW, Monika led a two-year MacArthur Foundation-funded research project on ‘Food Security in Asia: Strategic risks and mitigation’ at the University of Sydney. She was awarded her Ph.D. by Royal Holloway College, University of London, and is the author of Food Security in Asia: Challenges, Policies and Implications (IISS and Routledge, 2014) and Understanding Security Practices in South Asia: Securitisation Theory and the role of non-state actors (Routledge, 2012).

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Associate Professor Krishna Shrestha 

Professor Krishna Shrestha

Krishna K. Shrestha is a development and environmental geographer. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney. His research program is in the interdisciplinary analysis of social and environmental justice, focusing on the intersection of development and environmental governance. Over the years, his research projects encompass four areas: a) political ecology and international development, b) climate change and urban planning, c) food security and livelihoods, and d) disaster resilience and justice. Connecting these is an overarching analytical thread of justice as redistribution and recognition. Most of his work is interdisciplinary and empirical in the Himalayas. 


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Lecturer Stefanie Fishel

Stefanie Fishel

Stefanie Fishel is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Sunshine Coast, and holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University. Her research engages with political ecology, environmental humanities, philosophy, and feminist approaches to theorize new forms of global environmental institutions and legal regimes that support biodiversity, earth system governance and Earth jurisprudence. She is co-author of “Planet Politics: A Manifesto from the End of IR" in Millennium: Journal of International Studies. Dr. Fishel’s 2017 book, The Microbial State: Global Thriving and the Body Politic, is available through the University of Minnesota Press. 


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Senior Lecturer John Connor 

Dr John Connor

John Connor is a leading military historian with a research interest in the effects of external climatic drivers, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), on drought in Australia. His publications in this field include ‘Climate, Environment, and Australian Frontier Wars: New South Wales, 1788-1841’, The Journal of Military History, Vol. 81. No. 4, October 2017, pp. 985-1006, and his examination of how the United Kingdom Government overcame shortages in food imports caused by drought in Australia and Canada in 1914 and 1915 and heavy rains in Britain and Ireland in 1916 and 1918  in Someone Else’s War: Fighting for the British Empire in world War I, Chapters 2 and 10.


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Dr Megan Evans

Megan Evans is a Lecturer and ARC DECRA fellow at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. Her expertise sits broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular interest in the use of market-based instruments for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Her current work is examining the growth of private sector investment in biodiversity and natural capital. Megan is also affiliated with the University of Queensland’s Centre for Policy Futures, and sits on the editorial boards of the journals Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology.


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Dr Cobi Calyx

Dr Cobi Calyx has more than a decade of experience with stakeholder engagement in environmental governance, health communication and disaster response. She has worked for policymaking organizations ranging from the United Nations in Geneva to the South Australian Department of Environment and Water. She is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW, has a PhD from the ANU College of Science and has been a visiting scholar at Melbourne Law School. She has lived on five continents, including for Australian Aid-funded projects in Asia and the Pacific.


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Dr Marilu Melo








Dr Marilu Melo is a Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the School of Humanities and Languages. Her recent research has spanned different key areas of geographical scholarship – including the politics of social housing relocation projects, peri-urban disaster management, water governance and volumetric urbanism – and has been featured in esteemed academic journals and presented at a number of international conferences. 

Marilu’s current research interest is focused on subterranean spaces, expanding geographical scholarship into a volume ontology, by excavating past, present and future material transformations and geosocial agencies of the underground. It was her PhD research on the conflicts between types of land-tenure and the legal status of underground spaces in Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico that initially inspired Marilu’s interest in the urban’s subterranean dimensions. 


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Dr Katie Moon

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Dr Katie Moon is a lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. She has worked in the environmental policy and governance arena for over 20 years within Australia and Europe, in government, the private sector and academia. Her research focuses on the interactions between people and nature, examining how people make decisions and why. She applies different and novel combinations of methods to increase understanding of social-ecological systems, seeking different types of knowledge, experiences, perceptions and interpretations. She has experiences across different ecosystems and topics, including freshwater, agriculture, fisheries, invasive species and coral reefs, in both temperate and tropical systems. She has a keen interest in property rights and environmental stewardship.


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Dr N.A. J. Taylor

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N.A.J. Taylor is an Australian Defence Force Academy Visiting Fellow at The University of New South Wales. His areas of specialisation are International Ethics and Environmental Philosophy, which he investigates via the problem of nuclear harm. His first major contribution to the theory and practice of Environment and Governance was recognised in 2007, when UniSuper—Australia’s university pension scheme—awarded him the inaugural prize for ethical and responsible investment research. Taylor’s current research project, Australia’s Nuclear Archive, approaches the Australian nuclear fuel cycle as future cultural and environmental heritage, and thereby contributes to the group’s themes of energy and justice. 


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