Macquarie University, Macquarie Law School
Dr Kirsten Davies is an academic at Macquarie University’s Law School (Sydney Australia) and Director of International Engagement. At the centre of her work is the engagement of communities and their connections with nature. She is the architect of Intergenerational Democracy, a method of whole-of-community engagement and capacity building and the subject of her (2012) book, Intergenerational Democracy, rethinking sustainable development. She has extensive education, policy, governance, management, marketing and board experience. In her career she has held senior management, directorship and chair roles. Her depth of experience includes leading cultural institutions and community access programs in rural and urban localities.
Kirsten holds a Master’s Degree (USyd) ,PhD (USyd) in Sustainable Management and is currently undertaking a second PhD in Environmental Law (MQU) . She 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). Kirsten was awarded an Australian Government, Endeavour Award - Research Fellowship to undertake sustainability research in Vanuatu (2009) and maintains a close relationship with the South Pacific Region. She was appointed as an Expert Adviser and Co-ordinating Lead Author of the Asia- Pacific Regional Assessment for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) from 2014 (onwards). Kirsten is a member of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and one of the drafting authors of the Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.
Direct drivers and impacts (e.g. climate change, pollution, invasive species, land degradation, land and sea use)
Environmental policy and law
Human ecology and cultural ecology