Researcher

Dr Carolyn M Evans

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Biography

Originally a microeconomist, my early career was spent as a Supply Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.  While experiencing the whole gamut of operational, command staff and higher headquarters staff appointments, I undertook postgraduate studies and was awarded a fully funded Defence Fellowship for a year of full time research into decision-making processes.  

Since then, professional life in the commercial world has included six years...view more

Originally a microeconomist, my early career was spent as a Supply Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.  While experiencing the whole gamut of operational, command staff and higher headquarters staff appointments, I undertook postgraduate studies and was awarded a fully funded Defence Fellowship for a year of full time research into decision-making processes.  

Since then, professional life in the commercial world has included six years at Qantas (two of those as the inaugural General Manager eCommerce from 1998), and then over 15 years running a boutique management consultancy.  That consulting work is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach to issues of strategy, governance, and decision-making in organisations concurrently subject to various jurisdictions including canon law.

In parallel, volunteering as a human rights advocate and activist fed an interest in international law, which I pursued through returning to formal academic study at UNSW.

More recently, this interest culminated in my doctoral research, leading to a thesis entitled 'Towards a more accountable United Nations Security Council - why, to whom, for what, and how'.  

Betweentimes, I have contributed to research projects on topics as diverse as Australia's banking industry, forced marriage in Australia, and, most recently, the nature of contemporary populism around the world.


My Qualifications

PhD (UNSW) • MLS (UNSW) • MBA (RMIT) • Grad Dip OR (UniSA) • BBus (Dist) (USQ)• 


My Awards

Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC), 1994 Australia Day Honours List: 'For conspicuous service to the Royal Australian Air Force particularly in the field of Defence logistics'.


My Teaching

LAWS 2270 Law in the Global Context

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Research Activities

The project aims to identify, reconstruct, and evaluate legal and constitutional aims of, and institutional solutions adopted by, regimes that have come to power in a global wave of ‘populist’ parties challenging traditional ones - examining whether they respect both the forms and underlying values of constitutional democracy, or just pay lip service to, for example, principles of the rule of law and constitutionalism, while working to subvert such principles. The project will focus on what ‘new populists’ do with power once they have it, and what the consequences…

Reform discourse about the United Nations Security Council gives every reason to believe that flaws in its legal and institutional design prevent the Council from adequately meeting its responsibility to maintain or restore international peace and security, in part by allowing the Council to act in an ad hoc and unprincipled manner.  

Contemporaneous geopolitics were naturally at the heart of the socio-legal framing of the Council’s composition and tasks.  While such contexts do not remain static, the Council has, however, been very largely untouched by reform of…