Dr Schuijers is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. Her research interests include environmental law, climate change law, and sustainability governance.
With a unique background in law and environmental science which has included post-graduate training across four different faculties, interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of Dr Schuijers' scholarship. She considers how systems thinking, adaptive governance, and resilience are relevant to environmental decision-making, legislation, policy, and jurisprudence. Her work has covered topics such as science-informed policy, science in the courtroom, cross-sectoral decarbonisation of the economy, and the operation of the precautionary principle in the context of scientific uncertainty. Her work has appeared in Australian and international law journals.
Dr Schuijers' interest in comparative law has led her to conduct her scholarship at Columbia University, where she was supported by the Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law, Lewis and Clarke College in Oregon, the University of California at Berkeley, and Oxford University Law Faculty. The impact of her work extends beyond Australia, particularly with respect to the integration between science, law and policy in tackling some of the major global environmental challenges like biodiversity loss and climate change.
Dr Schuijers engages with both the grounded and theoretical aspects of the challenges which she explores in her research, striving to contribute innovation and practically-minded commentary to her field. She is trained in plain-language communication and research translation. From 2018-2020, as the recipient of the Foote Fellowship in Climate Solutions, her work was based at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, where she managed the production of significant cross-faculty collaborations, and ran a series of associated roundtable workshops and events for senior government officers, corporate management, and leading academic experts.
Currently, Dr Schuijers is working on an ARC funded project that explores the intersection of property law, environmental law, and legal theory, including for biodiversity conservation. Dr Schuijers is an expert in legislation that governs environmental decision-making; her PhD thesis investigated the context of major fracking proposals, and the extent to which the EPBC Act is effective in managing environmental risk.
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Environmental Decision-Making in the Anthropocene - Challenges for Ecologically Sustainable Development and the Case for Systems Thinking
Journal article | 2017 | Environmental and Planning Law Journal
This article explores the impacts of climate change for environmental impact assessment (EIA) law – the law that regulates decisio..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Rotary Foundation Grant
Jack Westoby Scholarship
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
Dean's Honours Award
Graduate Environmental Study Award
Women’s Energy and Climate Law Network (WECLN)
American Society of International Law
Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL)
National Environmental Law Association (NELA)
Barrister And Solicitor
Supreme Court of Victoria
Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (CREEL)
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)
Doctor of Philosophy
The University of Melbourne
Master of Environment
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Science
University of Melbourne