Charlotte Owens is a PhD research student in International Law. She graduated with a First Class (Hons) LLB from Keele University before continuing her studies at the University of Nottingham in 2012 with an LL.M. in Environmental Law. In 2013 She was awarded an ESRC Scholarship to study for a PhD at the University of Nottingham. Her main research interests are in the field of International Environmental Law and International Development Law; with a particular interest in food security, nutrition and the environment in developing countries.
Charlotte's research examines the response of states to the problems of food security against the background of a changing climate regime and the extent to which appropriate strategies and measures… read more
Charlotte's research examines the response of states to the problems of food security against the background of a changing climate regime and the extent to which appropriate strategies and measures for adaptation have been developed to date. Climate change will not affect all countries equally, with those located around the equator likely to be affected most, thus explaining my rationale for concentrating on developing countries. It is therefore particularly important for such countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and international policies should reflect this prioritisation. Specifically, this study aims to illustrate (with regards to adapting to climate change for agricultural purposes) what approaches work and assess what changes are needed to maximise its effectiveness.
Indeed, it is essential that the legal framework not only recognises the threat of global food shortages, but also sets standards and obligations for developing countries to deal with the consequences of climate change through modifying their agricultural practices. The research will not only contribute to a body of ideas but will also have a practical application in international organizations, agricultural science, policy makers, legislators and environmental science. The research will provide guidance on enhancing the current framework to ensure it adequately meets the challenge of food security.
The empirical element to this research project seeks to discover the effectiveness of the legal framework in addressing these issues. Qualitative research methods will be used to gain a better understanding of the impact of the legal framework at grass roots level in developing countries.
Research Supervisors: Associate Professor Annamaria La Chimia and Associate Professor Peter Davies.
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council.