Nicola Sharman is a doctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law. Her research focuses on procedural environmental rights, the Aarhus Convention and the right to public participation in the international climate change regime. This work forms part of the 2035Legitimacy project, an interdisciplinary project funded by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council which aims to assess the fairness and legitimacy dimensions of Finland’s climate policy.
Nicola holds a master’s degree in Global Environmental Law and Governance from the University of Strathclyde, her thesis for which examined the potential to apply benefit-sharing principles to inter-state technology transfer obligations under the climate regime and which was awarded the 2020 Edward Elgar Prize for best dissertation. She also acted as a research assistant for the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance.
Prior to this, Nicola worked for several years in Scotland as a solicitor in the field of property rights, which included working on several large rail infrastructure and renewable energy development projects.