Miranda Geelhoed

PhD Researcher

Miranda Geelhoed joined SCELG in May 2016 under a scholarship provided by the Strathclyde Law School. Her PhD research explores synergies between international, EU and national environmental laws, particularly in the field of agriculture, food, land and biodiversity. Building upon previous research and her practical experiences from her day-to-day life on an arable farm on the Scottish east coast, Miranda investigates how an ‘ecosystem approach’ to EU legislation could help support agroecological transitions.

Working alongside her PhD, Miranda has been involved in various SCELG consultancy projects for the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the European Commission and the Scottish Government. Miranda has also provided continuous support to SCELG’s work on Brexit, through various policy briefs and consultation responses and presentations for stakeholders, public authorities and academics. Prior to joining the centre, Miranda provided consultancy services for the European Commission and she worked as a project manager for the Dutch Standardisation Institute and as a paralegal in commercial litigation.

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, on the topic of litigation rights for environmental NGOs.

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