I am a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge. My research seeks to understand the intersection between global inequality and injustice and existential risk, with a focus on climate justice.
My PhD research at Trinity College, Cambridge, was in international law and global governance, focusing on self-determination and participation. My other research interests include climate change litigation, comparative environmental law, waste regulation, the rights of future generations, and critical international legal history. 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 15+ UN negotiations, including on climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity, oceans, and wetlands.
Before beginning postgraduate study, I graduated with an LLM in international law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (First Class) and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in physics) both from the University of Canterbury. I previously worked as a judges’ clerk in the High Court of New Zealand, and have completed shorter stints at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Climate Litigation Network, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defence, and the New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office.
Apart from the above, I strongly believe in the global climate movement(s) and have spent nearly every spare minute of the last 6+ years on various projects to contribute to change through organising, campaigning, policy, and the financial system. I was a New Zealand youth delegate to the UN climate talks in 2013-2015 (COPs 19, 20 and 21), and volunteered with New Zealand youth campaign group Generation Zero over a similar time frame. When I came to Cambridge I got interested in the power of the global financial system, and joined Positive Investment Cambridge and then was a founding member of the Trinity Responsible Investment Society – both student societies aiming to promote climate action through the financial system, with university and college endowments as a way in. 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 start a conversation on how to adequately represent future generations in policymaking. As of the end of 2019, I am feeling the pull back to core organising and campaigning – and am considering where is most strategic for me to contribute in 2020.