Julie Gibson

PhD Researcher

Julie Gibson’s research will focus on the extent to which transboundary water development programmes are guided by international legal frameworks when ‘shaping’ transboundary water law. As part of this research she will assess the extent to which these legal frameworks and/or development programmes have, or will, influence the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Julie’s research will focus on the Southern African Development Community.

Julie’s most recent activities include:

  • Working as a project manager for UK Department for International Development (DFID) and European Union (EU) funded development projects in Southern Africa;
  • Publishing a book chapter: F. Sindico and J.Gibson (2016), ‘Soft, Complex, and Fragmented International Climate Change Practice: What Implications for Trade Law?’ in P.D .Farah and E. Cima, ‘China’s Influence on Non-Trade Concerns in International Economic Law’, (Routledge);
  • Co-authoring a journal article in Water International on good transboundary water governance in the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Working as a Research Associate researching United States policy on dual-use research of concern for the University of Strathclyde;
  • Being a member of the Climate and Sustainability Project (CASP), a student-led project which focused on the legal and policy links between sustainable development and climate change in the lead up to the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals and COP21 negotiations.

Julie originally joined the centre in September 2014 as a student on the LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development. After completing her LLM with distinction Julie worked as consultant for Cardno Emerging Markets, a global development consulting firm, where she focused on both business development and project management. Prior to undertaking her LLM Julie obtained an LLB from the University of Aberdeen. She has also undertaken research and previous work experience with NGO and charity organisations in Kenya, Zambia, Bangladesh and China.