Researcher

Associate Professor Daniel Robinson

My Expertise

Indigenous and traditional knowledge,Intellectual property (patents, plant variety protection) and development, biopiracy and bioprospecting ethics, general environmental matters

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Dr Daniel Robinson has a background in human geography, environmental science and environmental law. Daniel's research focuses on the regulation of nature and knowledge. His papers and books cover themes including 'biopiracy', access and benefit-sharing relating to biological resources, appropriation and regulation of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous/customary laws and biocultural protocols, ethical biotrade, political ecology, environmental...view more

Dr Daniel Robinson has a background in human geography, environmental science and environmental law. Daniel's research focuses on the regulation of nature and knowledge. His papers and books cover themes including 'biopiracy', access and benefit-sharing relating to biological resources, appropriation and regulation of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous/customary laws and biocultural protocols, ethical biotrade, political ecology, environmental policy and management. Daniel also has an interest in the environmental and social implications of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade rules and negotiations, and has several papers/chapters on the negotiation politics of these forums.

On these issues, Daniel has acted as a researcher and policy advisor for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and with their joint project with UNCTAD, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF), the German development implementation agency (GIZ), AusAid and Department of Environment, the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, amongst others.

Daniel is the Academic Co-Lead for the Pacific, for the UNSW Institute for Global Development, a university-wide strategic initiative. See: http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/institute_global_development

Daniel is currently the Pacific Regional Manager of the Access and Benefit-Sharing Capacity Development Initiative, which has a 5 year project implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the Pacific from 2017 to 2021. See: http://www.abs-initiative.info/

Daniel is Chief Investigator with Dr Margaret Raven on the 5 year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project(DP180100507): Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge (2018-2022).

 


My Grants

Daniel is currently the Pacific Regional Manager of the Access and Benefit-Sharing Capacity Development Initiative, which has a 5 year project implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the Pacific from 2017 to 2021. See: http://www.abs-initiative.info/

Daniel is Chief Investigator with Dr Margaret Raven on the 5 year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP180100507): Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge (2018-2022).

Daniel is the Academic Co-Lead for the Pacific, for the UNSW Institute for Global Development, a university-wide strategic initiative. See: http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/institute_global_development


My Qualifications

BSc Hons, G.Dip Env Law, PhD


My Awards

Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Award winner for Research - Social Impact (2016)
Research Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva (2014 - current)


My Research Activities

Daniel is currently the Pacific Regional Manager of the Access and Benefit-Sharing Capacity Development Initiative, which has a 5 year project implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the Pacific from 2017 to 2021. See: http://www.abs-initiative.info/

Daniel is Chief Investigator with Dr Margaret Raven on the 5 year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project(DP180100507): Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge (2018-2022).

Daniel is the Academic Co-Lead for the Pacific, for the UNSW Institute for Global Development, a university-wide strategic initiative. See: http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/institute_global_development


My Research Supervision


Currently supervising

  • Sanjay Kalpage (Thesis Conferred, now working for International Fund for Agricultural Development - IFAD, South Africa) - Landscape-base conservation approaches in the developing world: The case for managed elephant ranges in Sri Lanka.
  • Rebecca Cross (Thesis Conferred, now lecturing at Sydney University) - Conversations with Farmers: Agri-cultural practice change and the farming ‘innovator’
  • Nahid Sultana (Conferred, Working for UNSW) - Adaptation to Climate Change Impacts and Coastal Zone Management in Bangladesh
  • Thanh Pham (Conferred, Working for the Government of Viet Nam) - Catchment management in Vietnam
  • Melissa Sinclair (near completion, working on NERP projects in Cape York)- Biocultural rights and environmental justice: Working with the Southern Wik in Aurukun (tentative title)
  • Shafaq Masud (Conferred, now working for Swiss International Development Agency) - Participatory monitoring for water resource management: planning for climate change in Western Sydney
  • Pratistha Tamrakar (MPhil, Conferred) - Community forests and water quality in Lamatar district of Nepal

My Engagement

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, New York (short term, late 2018)
  • Research Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva
  • Pacific Regional Project Manager, ABS Capacity Development Initiative, Pacific
  • Member, Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA)
  • Research Associate at the NGO Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment
  • Former Co-convenor, Legal Geography Study Group, Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
  • Centre member, Center for Ecosystem Sciences (CES), UNSW

Reviews, Reports and Discussion Papers


My Teaching

Dr Robinson contributes teaching into the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM), and was formerly the MEM Coordinator (2010-2018)

Guest lectures in:

  • IEST5002: Tools for Environmental Management
  • IEST5007: Environment and Development
  • IEST5500: Understanding Environmental Policy
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Location

360 Morven Brown

Contact

93859809