I am a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge. My research is about who is involved in global decision-making on the world’s most pressing issues. My current research programme focuses on indigenous peoples’ participation in global governance. I’m a part of the Global Justice group at CSER.
My PhD research at Trinity College, Cambridge, was in international law and global governance, focusing on self-determination of peoples and participation in international law- and policy-making processes. My other research interests include international climate finance, climate litigation, regulating waste, 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 20+ UN meetings, including on climate change, the SDGs, 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) 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), Urgenda’s Climate Litigation Network, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defence (AIDA), and the New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office.
Alongside my academic and professional life, I strongly believe in the global climate movement. Since 2013 I’ve been a part of various projects seeking climate action with justice, through organising, campaigning, policy, finance, and law. As of 2020 I organise with Green New Deal UK and UCU Cambridge. 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. Upon arriving in Cambridge I 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 and organise universities and colleges to use their power to effect change. 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 change parliamentary processes to represent future generations in policymaking.