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Dr Michelle Lim's interdisciplinary scholarship occurs at the intersection between biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Dr Lim’s work focuses on futures-oriented biodiversity law research aimed at advancing equity and sustainability under conditions of unprecedented environmental change.

Dr Lim has published in some of the highest ranked environmental law journals (e.g. International Environmental Agreements – Politics Law and Economics; Transnational Environmental Law; Review of European Comparative and International Environmental Law) as well as significant sustainability journals (e.g. Nature Sustainability, Ecology & Society, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability).

Dr Lim holds a double degree in Science (Ecosystem Management) and Law (First-class Honours) and a PhD on legal and institutional arrangements for transboundary biodiversity conservation at the University of New England, Australia.

Dr Lim joined the Macquarie Law School as a Senior Lecturer in 2020. Prior to this she was a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and Griffith University. Dr Lim’s post-doctoral research, based at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee, Scotland, examined governance approaches for addressing ecosystem services and human well-being in the Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna Delta.

Dr Lim was a fellow on the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and an author of the IPBES/IPCC joint workshop report. She is the Book Review Editor of the Oxford Yearbook of International Environmental Law and sits on the Editorial Board of the Australian Environment Review and the Advisory Board of Ambio. Dr Lim is also a Board Member of the National Environmental Law Association – Australia’s premier environmental law organisation. Dr Lim was awarded the 2016/2017 Law Council of Australia Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award.

Dr Lim has diverse teaching experience spanning the fields of environmental, international, commercial and corporate law and torts.

Research interests

Dr Lim’s interdisciplinary research interests are aimed at examining the role of law in facilitating sustainable and equitable futures in the Anthropocene. These research areas include:

-       Biodiversity and the law;

-       The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES);

-       International environmental law;

-       Futures studies and the law;

-       First Law/Indigenous Law;

-       Legal pluralism;

-       Transdisciplinary methodology.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, The University of New England

Award Date: 10 Apr 2013

Biodiversity Conservation, Certificate in Expedition Leadership and Management, British Business Training and Education Council

Science/Law, BSc/LLB (Hons 1), The University of New England


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