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Sentience and the law (plants and animals)

For centuries the law has operated under the assumption that plants and animals are inert and material objects without the ability to meaningfully determine their future or engage with other living or material things. Plants constantly communicate with each other through fungal (mycorrhizal) networks in the soil and have up to 20 senses as opposed to the five that human beings have. New ways of thinking about plants and animals raise important and deep possibilities for law reform. The supervisors …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Cultural Legalities of Social Media and Mobile Digital Devices in the Global South

Professor Kieran Tranter is looking for PhD/MPhil candidates wishing to explore the cultural transformation, and legal responses, to social media and the proliferation of mobile digital devices in Global South communities. Candidates are encouraged to focus in detail on a specific nation or cultural group and proposals examining Africa, South America or the Pacific would be particularly welcome. Candidates with an interest in post-colonial legal studies, cultural legal studies and/or lived experience with the cultures and laws of the specific …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Legal Approaches to Conservation Conflicts and Land-Use Conflicts

Conservation and land-use conflicts arise when people have different needs and interests concerning a protected area or land space. The management of these types of conflicts often has to broach disciplinary divides to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to the many complex and diverse issues that surround them, such as social justice, food production, biodiversity, the history of a place, and the attitudes and values of local stakeholders. The Law School invites students to express an interest in research …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Feminist Approaches to Environmental Governance

Feminist approaches to environmental guidance consider a whole-of-systems approach and acknowledge that the domination of the environment and oppression of women and other groups in society are interlinked. Dr Katie Woolaston and Dr Rowena Maguire are interested in talking to students who are considering using feminist or alternative theories to analyse environmental governance. Particular areas of interest include wildlife and conservation, methods of collaboration, waste management, and the circular economy.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Finite element methods for modelling the deformation of polymers

The finite element method (FEM) is by now a well-established and widely accepted approach for modelling the deformation of linearly elastic materials.>In this project we will explore which FEM approach and constitutive laws may be applicable for modelling polymers, which have more deformation behaviour than a simple elastic material.Our long-term goal is to be able to accurately model the deformation of polymer bioscaffolds fabricated with the novel melt-electrowriting (MEW) additive manufacturing process.

Study level
Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
School
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering

Human rights and future environmental change

Dr Bridget Lewis is interested in talking to students who wish to undertake research on environmental human rights, intergenerational justice, the human rights impact of climate change, the rights of future generations or any other topic at the intersection of human rights and environmental law.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)
Centre for Justice

Capacity, wills and enduring powers of attorney

Dr Kelly Purser is interested in talking to students who wish to undertake research on the topics of capacity, wills, enduring powers of attorney, advance health directives, estate planning, equity and trusts, succession, or therapeutic jurisprudence.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
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School
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Research centre(s)
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Global Health and the Law

Professor Belinda Bennett is interested in talking to students who wish to undertake research on global health and the law, including the Sustainable Development Goals, legal issues related to global health governance, global public health, and health and human rights.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Promoting compliance with international environmental law: developments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement

The compliance systems of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) play a critical role in overseeing states’ implementation of their commitments under international environmental law. Effective compliance systems can contribute to the success of MEAs, thereby helping to address critical global environmental challenges. Given the high stakes of failed international co-operation to address these challenges, it is important to better understand the optimal design and operation of MEA compliance systems.The Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law

Housing and older people

Associate Professor Tina Cockburn is interested in supervising students who wish to undertake research about housing and older people (including assets for care arrangements, retirement villages and aged care facilities). Safe housing is a human right not enjoyed by all, particularly for older women who may have experienced financial insecurity throughout the life course. This is a significant issue facing modern Australian society, particularly in light of an anticipated economic downturn and increasing unemployment. Please contact the supervisor if you …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Financial security and ageing

Dr Kelly Purser is interested in supervising students who wish to undertake research about estate planning, financial security and ageing. Financial security as people age is something that is determined by the whole of life course, not just what people do as they near retirement. It is therefore important to consider the implications of future planning on the life able to be led 'post-retirement'. This includes not only estate planning tools such as wills and enduring documents, but also financial …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

Human rights and ageing

Dr Bridget Lewis is interested in supervising students who wish to undertake research about human rights and ageing. There has been increasing focus on the importance of recognising, promoting and protecting the human rights of older people. This has been brought into sharp focus in recent times by, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the supervisor if you are interested in undertaking a PhD in this area. This topic is led by the QUT School of Law within the …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Faculty of Business and Law
School
School of Law
Research centre(s)

Australian Centre for Health Law Research

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