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Dr Kirsten Davies has extensive: education, policy, governance, management, marketing and board experience. In her career she has held senior management, directorship and chair roles.

Kirsten was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to conduct research in USA, UK and Japan (2002) and was the recipient of the University of Sydney Agri-Management Scholarship for post graduate research (2005). She was awarded an Australian Government, Endeavour Award - Research Fellowship to undertake sustainability research in Vanuatu (2009) and maintains a close relationship with Vanuatu and the South Pacific Region. She was appointed as an Expert Adviser and Co-ordinating Lead Author to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2014 (onwards). Kirsten is a member of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and one of the drafting authors of the (2016) Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.

Kirsten, together with the team from the Australian Research Institute or Environment and Sustainability (ARIES), has developed an online course on community engagement that was launched in 2016.

Kirsten is the Director of International Engagement, a role that involves developing international relationships that benefit students and staff at the Law School. For example the establishment of the research collaboration with the University of the South Pacific Law School (Vanuatu) and the summer school exchange program with the Law School at the Universität Hamburg (Germany).

Research student supervision

Principal Supervisor


Aschara Chinniyompanich, PhD candidate, commenced 2017 (3 October 2017), thesis title: The environmental rights of ethnic groups of Thailand- a Community Environmental Rights Act 


Manuela Niehaus, PhD candidate, commenced 2016 ( joint PhD with University of Hamburg), thesis title: International Environmental Law and Climate Change Litigation - the rising importance of non-state actors with particular focus on Peter Häberle’s theory of the Open Society of Constitutional Interpreters. 

Christina Anikó Simmig, PhD candidate, commenced 2016 (joint PhD with University of Hamburg), thesis title: The duty to prevent disasters' under the European Convention on Human Rights

Ana Carolina Napoli Carneiro, MRes student, commenced February 2018, thesis title: Does the regulation of urban infrastructure support adaptation to the impacts of climate change? A study of heat stress in the Greater Sydney Region

Aschara Chinniyompanich, MRes, commenced 2016 (1 January 2016) completed Dec 2016, thesis title: Environmental Protection and Community Rights: The Constitution, Mining and the Enforcement of Community Rights for People in Rural Thailand 


Associate Supervisor


Alessandra Guida, PhD Candidate, commenced 2017, thesis title: International Trade of Biotechnology under the WTO: Balancing free Trade and Biosafety with the Help of the Precautionary Principle.


The International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD) Mentoring for Research Program (MRP)

Mentee under ISNAD-MRP

2018 Harrington Chuma, Thesis title: Exploring use of stakeholder responsibilities’ sharing strategy for Human Wildlife Conflict management in Hwange District, Zimbabwe,  for a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Disaster Management, National University of Science and Technology and the Institute of Development Studies, Zimbabwe

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney


Masters Degree, University of Sydney


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Projects 2002 2019

Research Outputs 2006 2019

Identifying legal claims to human rights and the environment

Rajan, S. R., Davies, K. & Iorns Magallanes, C., 2019, Human rights and the environment: legality, indivisibility, dignity and geography. May, J. R. & Daly, E. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 183-197 15 p. (Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law; vol. 7).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

legal claim
human rights
social science

The namele mechanism: a methodological tool to assist climate adaptation

Davies, K., 2019, In : Jindal Global Law Review. 10, 1, p. 91-120 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

bottom-up approach
climate change
United Nations

Assessing nature's contributions to people: recognizing culture, and diverse sources of knowledge, can improve assessments

Díaz, S., Pascual, U., Stenseke, M., Martín-López, B., Watson, R. T., Molnár, Z., Hill, R., Chan, K. M. A., Baste, I. A., Brauman, K. A., Polasky, S., Church, A., Lonsdale, M., Larigauderie, A., Leadley, P. W., van Oudenhoven, A. P. E., van der Plaat, F., Schröter, M., Lavorel, S., Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Y. & 10 othersBukvareva, E., Davies, K., Demissew, S., Erpul, G., Failler, P., Guerra, C. A., Hewitt, C. L., Keune, H., Lindley, S. & Shiriyama, Y., 19 Jan 2018, In : Science. 359, 6373, p. 270-272 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

ecosystem service
indigenous knowledge
traditional knowledge

Nature's contributions to people and quality of life

Davies, K., Rajvanshi, A., Yeo-Chang, Y., Choe, J. C., Choi, A. S., Cooney, R., Dhyani, S., Fisher, J., Gautam, A. P., Ichikawa, K., Jamil Husain, H., Sathyapalan, J., Kolahi, M., Kusrini, M. D., Masoodi, A., Onishi, Y. O., Park, S., Sandhu, H., Togtokh, C., Al-Assaf, A. & 28 othersAhn, S., Al Smadi, M. A., Al-Zu'bi, R., Camacho, L. D., Chaudhary, S., Chinniyompanich, A., Cutuli, L., Faith, D. P., Gundes, J., Hill, R., Hindiyeh, M. Y., Jament, J., Jang, E-K., Leimona, B., Lim, E. M., Mishra, A. K., Nawash, O., Pandit, R., Park, M. S., Park, S., Phang, Z., Saito, O., Sheppard, A., Thaman, R., Soe, K. T., Xue, D., Yeggina, P. & Zalfelds, K., 2018, The IPBES regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Asia and the Pacific. Karki, M., Senaratna Sellamuttu, S., Okayasu, S. & Suzuki, W. (eds.). Bonn, Germany: Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), p. 84-219 136 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Seeds of change: applying transformative learning and thinking in relation to students responding to climate change challenges

Govind, P., Davies, K., Lee, R. & Riddell, T., 2018, Handbook of lifelong learning for sustainable development. Leal Filho, W., Mifsud, M. & Pace, P. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 359-376 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

climate change
teaching program


Bronze Medal

Kirsten Davies (Recipient), 2017



Learning and Teaching Award

Kirsten Davies (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Honorary award

Winston Churchill Fellowship

Kirsten Davies (Recipient), 2003

Prize: Honorary award

Activities 2002 2018

  • 10 Other
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

academic mentor -Africa

Kirsten Davies (Participant)
2017 → …

Activity: Other

Georgetown University

Kirsten Davies (Visiting researcher)

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Scoping expert

Kirsten Davies (Participant)

Activity: Other

Press / Media

Release of the Global Assessment- IPBES

Kirsten Davies


6 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment