My name is Natalie Jones and I’m an international legal researcher, with a background in international climate politics. I am currently a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge, where I’m affiliated with Hughes Hall and Christ’s College. My research is about who is involved in global decision-making on the world’s most pressing issues. At the moment my work focuses on indigenous peoples’ participation in intergovernmental organizations.
My PhD research at Trinity College, Cambridge, was in international law and global governance, focusing on self-determination of peoples and participation. My broader research interests include decolonisation, international climate finance, fossil fuel supply-side law and policy, the rights of future generations, critical international legal history and fossil capitalism, postcolonial and decolonial legal theory, and international law and political economy. I have taught human rights law, international environmental law, and EU environmental law at the University of Cambridge.
Alongside my research, I am a Writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB), writing the de facto history of global environmental negotiations. In this capacity, I have attended 20+ UN meetings, including on climate change, the SDGs, biodiversity, oceans, and wetlands. I have a passion for making oft-arcane intergovernmental talks legible to a broad public.
I hail from Ōtautahi/Christchurch in Aotearoa New Zealand, and moved to the UK in 2015. Before beginning postgraduate study, I studied law and physics at the University of Canterbury, and worked as a judges’ clerk at the High Court of New Zealand. I then studied an LLM in international law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, focusing on climate litigation. I have completed shorter stints at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Urgenda’s Climate Litigation Network, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defence (AIDA), and the New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office.
Alongside my academic work, I love organising and campaigning and have a passion for climate justice. As of 2020 I organise with Green New Deal UK and UCU Cambridge. Previously, I was a New Zealand youth delegate to the UN climate talks in 2013-2015 (COPs 19-21), and volunteered with New Zealand youth campaign group Generation Zero. Upon arriving in Cambridge I joined Positive Investment Cambridge and then was a founding member of the Trinity Responsible Investment Society, organising towards fossil fuel divestment at Trinity College. I co-founded and from 2017-2019 co-coordinated the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Future Generations, a cross-party group of UK Parliamentarians aiming to better represent future generations in policymaking.
In my spare time I love playing violin, learning languages, reading, writing, and spending time outdoors walking, running, swimming, kayaking, going on long bike rides, and gardening.