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Cristelle Maurin


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Cristelle is a Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), one of the world-leading interdisciplinary institutes for sustainable development that brings thinkers and practitioners together with a platform to collaborate, educate and find solutions to current global sustainability challenges.

Cristelle has a background in international law and development. She specialises in human rights law, international economic law and natural resource governance, with expertise in legal advisory, policy and institutional analysis and international project management.

At MSDI, Cristelle is involved in developing an executive education program on sustainability transitions that aims to build capacity across sectors and organisations to address the complex and interconnected challenges of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and deliver context-specific and tailor-made executive training, research and consulting services to regional and urban Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Her current research focuses on the governance of food security, the food-health-environment nexus and the regulation of food systems from a human rights based approach to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Through her teaching and research projects, she seeks to promote food literacy and food system thinking and embed scientific knowledge into policy experiments and the design of local food systems that integrate public health, environmental and socioeconomic considerations.

Cristelle holds a PhD in International Law (Université de Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France), a Masters in International Public Law and a Bachelor of Laws (Université de Nice- Sophia Antipolis, France). She also has a degree in Chinese studies from Tsinghua University, Beijing. Prior to academia, she worked at the International Labour Organisation (United Nations ILO) and other inter-governmental agencies, with over a decade spent in developing countries across West Africa, East Asia and the Pacific.

Education/Academic qualification

International law, PhD

Research area keywords

  • Public policy
  • Human and civil rights
  • Environmental Governance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Public International Law