Nicola Crook’s research focuses on the role of law in the environmental protection of Scottish Islands, with a specific emphasis on the Islands (Scotland) Bill 2018. As part of this research she will evaluate the extent to which legal and policy options available to island communities enable them to promote the environmental integrity of their islands.
Nicola’s most recent activities include:
- Member of EILEAN (Islands, Law and Sustainability): a research hub which seeks to highlight examples of innovative policy and management practices, enabling these to be shared between island communities, as well as providing examples of potential techniques for addressing sustainability to other regions globally.
- Member of the Law, Arts and Island Resilience Project which is led by the University of Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG) in collaboration with academics attached to the Glasgow School of Art’s Reading Landscape Research Group and is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The project benefits from the active participation of Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre on North Uist.
- Working as a Legal Researcher for Milieu, a Brussels-based consultancy: contributing to over 25 projects for both the European Parliament and European Commission, with a focus on the research and legal analysis of environmental law and policy.
- Working as a Research Assistant for the Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law and Policy, Columbia University, NYC: predominately desk analysis on a wide range of climate change, energy, and environmental law topics, including researching legal issues related to sea level rise in the Marshall Islands and analysing international energy law to assist with the writing of a book chapter.
- Researcher for the Human Rights Leadership and Brexit initiative of the First Minister: report focusing on environmental rights in Scotland, with a view to addressing the risks arising from Brexit.
- 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.
Nicola originally joined the University of Strathclyde in 2010 as an undergraduate student on her LLB, where she obtained a first class honours. She joined SCELG in September 2014 as a student on the LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy, which she completed with distinction.