PhD Researcher and Development Officer
Miranda Geelhoed joined the centre in May 2016 under a four-year PhD scholarship funded by the Strathclyde Law School. Her research explores synergies between international, EU and national environmental laws, particularly in the field of agriculture, food, land and biodiversity.
Building upon previous research regarding EU agricultural law, as well as her practical experiences from her day-to-day life on an arable farm on the Scottish east coast, Miranda’s PhD project investigates how the ‘ecosystem approach’ could be applied in EU law regarding the production of crops with the objective of developing a holistic regulatory framework, which is based upon agroecological values.
Miranda's recent activities include:
- Leading the consultancy for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to support the integrated implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Activities include substantial contributions to workshops organised by the CBD Secretariat in Moldova in early November 2016, the development of various capacity building tools in English, French and Spanish that are available on the CBD's website, and work on national desk studies on biosafety mainstreaming including the drafting of a synthesis report;
- Continuous involvement in SCELG’s activities on Brexit, including the preparation of various policy briefs, such as public consultation responses, and reports that are available on our Brexit website and a presentation at the Brexit Breakfast Seminar Series at the Scottish Parliament in December 2016;
- Contributions to academic and policy debates including a presentation to the competent authorities in Iran on the regulation of genetically modified organisms and presentations on agroecology and law at Queens's University Belfast and the De Montfort University in Leicester.
- Provision of all-round support to the activities of the centre, including event management and social media coverage.
Prior to joining the centre, Miranda worked as consultant for the University of Edinburgh, project manager for the Dutch Standardisation Institute and paralegal in commercial litigation. She is currently a volunteer for the Royal Highland Education Trust, and in this capacity she educates preschool and primary school children about food, farming and the environment.
Miranda holds a LLM degree in International and Comparative Private Law from the University of Leiden (cum laude) and a LLM degree in Global Environment and Climate Change Law from the University of Edinburgh (with distinction). She was awarded the TB Smith Prize 2014 for the most distinguished scholar at the University of Edinburgh, School of Law, and the Piet Gilhuis Dissertation Prize 2015 for the best environmental law dissertation in the Netherlands.
Miranda speaks Dutch and reads Spanish and German.