Kirsten Davies

Honorary Senior Lecturer , Dr

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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. She holds two PhDs, one in Sustainable Management the other in International Enviornmental Law. 

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 was the Director of International Engagement, a role that involveed 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


20 Feb 201417 Sept 2019

Award Date: 17 Sept 2019

PhD, University of Sydney


Award Date: 6 May 2011

Masters Degree, University of Sydney


Award Date: 1 Oct 2004


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