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Macquarie Law School

Dr Kirsten Davies

Kirsten Davies Photo 2018
Senior Lecturer
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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 Universit├Ąt Hamburg (Germany).


Kirsten holds a Master's Degree (USyd) and PhD (USyd) in Sustainable Management and is currently undertaking a second PhD in Law (MQU) that will be completed in 2017.

Teaching Responsibilities

Research Interests

At the centre of Kirsten's research is the engagement of communities coupled with environmental legislation, policy, governance and management. 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.

In summary her key research interests are: environmental law/ policy and governance; customary law; human rights and the environment; the human impacts of global warming; intergenerational equity and justice; community engagement, participation, decision making and behaviour ; the role of culture, including human values.

Selected Publications


  • Davies, K. 2012, "Intergenerational Democracy: Rethinking Sustainable Development", Illinois: Common Ground Publishing, ISBN 978-1-61229-008-9 (pbk : alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-61229-009-6 (pdf).

Book Chapters

  • Davies, K., Tabucanon, G. Box, P., 2015, "Children, Climate Change, and the Intergenerational Right to a Viable Future," Chpt 20. In N. Ansell et al. (eds.), Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat, Geographies of Children and Young People 8, DOI 10.1007/978-981-4585-95-8_7-1.
  • Davies, K. 2015, "Kastom, Climate Change and Intergenerational Democracy: experiences from Vanuatu" (pp 49-66), "Managing Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific Region", Climate Change Management Series, Springer International Publishing, ISSN 1610-2010 ISSN 1610-2002 (electronic), ISBN 978-3-319-14937-0 ISBN 978-3-319-14938-7 (eBook), DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-14938-7.
  • Davies, K., Blik, E., 2015, "Green Fever, EcoCycle and Sustainability in Action" (pp. 103- 118) "Transformative Approaches to Sustainable Development at Universities", World Sustainability Series, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-08836-5, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-08837-2_8.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Davies, K., 2015, "Ancient and New Legal Landscapes: Customary Law and Climate Change, A Vanuatu Case Study" 18, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 43. ISSN 1385-2140.
  • Davies, K., C. Doolan, R. van den Honert, and R. Shi, 2014, "Water-saving impacts of Smart Meter technology: An empirical 5 year, whole-of-community study in Sydney, Australia", Water Resour. Res., 50, DOI:10.1002/2014WR015812.
  • Davies, K. 2008, "Alive, Culture, Sustainability and Intergenerational Democracy", UNESCO e-journal 1.2 (October, 2008). Special issue: Creative Local Communities: Cultural Vitality and Human Rights, edited by Kim Dunphy and John Smithies: 67-85.
  • Davies, K.. 2008, "How cultural institutions can help to save the planet", The Mag, 1, special issue: Going Green, sustainability demystified: 4-6.
  • Davies, K.. 2006, "Precious: Restored and new relationships", The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural Economic and Social Sustainability 2.6 : 65-78.