Vanessa James

Vanessa’s research areas include climate change adaptation, animal welfare, public works, human rights, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Vanessa James

Her most recently published research, for the Deep South National Science Challenge, examines the extent of local government and EQC liability for damage from sea-level rise caused by climate change.

She is a PhD candidate with the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law, researching the use of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to realise the human right to a healthy environment and support action on climate change.

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Phone: 021 310 751


Vanessa has a legal background and 20 years’ experience in policy-based legislative reform and implementation in central and local government. She has worked in international education, social policy, property, climate change, digital media, cancer services, assisted reproductive technology, animal welfare, and housing.

Vanessa is passionate about making a difference to environmental and social sustainability and her work has focused on how these goals can be supported through policy and legal frameworks.