Dr Evan Hamman to research at the Smithsonian

Dr Evan Hamman

Leeanne Enoch, the Queensland Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science, and Minister for the Arts, has announced Dr Evan Hamman from the QUT School of Law as a recipient of a Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowship. Evan will work with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre (SMBC) in Washington DC and other leading law and science academics in the US.

Evan will research how Queensland can develop effective legal and policy protections for land birds migrating within the Australo-Papuan region, an area which includes Queensland, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Indonesia.

The SMBC has considerable expertise in the ecology and conservation of song birds, especially those that migrate between North, Central and South America. Evan will work with these researchers to better understand how the concept of migratory connectivity can be operationalised as a central component of an effective governance response in Queensland.

We congratulate Evan and wish him continued success with his research.

About Evan Hamman

Evan is a Lecturer in the QUT School of Law. He holds Bachelor degrees in law and commerce and a Masters degree in environmental science and law. Evan has worked for NGOs and the Queensland Government on conservation and environmental law issues.

His current research focuses on environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region including migratory species, Ramsar wetlands, World Heritage areas and the Great Barrier Reef.

You can learn more about Evan and his research and publications in his staff profile.

About the Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Program

The program is open to employees of Queensland-based research, educational or cultural agencies. Funding of up to $25,000 is available for successful applicants. The 2020 round of the Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Program is open now and closes on 9 March 2020.

QUT Law academic awarded funding to research governance of Queensland wetlands

In November 2018 Dr Evan Hamman was awarded $5000 from Birds Queensland to undertake empirical research into the governance of Queensland wetlands.

Along with an ecologist colleague, the grant will be used to investigate the different scales of regulation that relate to impacts on the wetlands and their unique birdlife, from climate change to coastal development to local disturbance (e.g. dog walking and plastics). Two wetlands will be investigated as part of this research – shoalwater bay and moreton bay.

The results will feed into a book Dr Hamman is co- writing about migratory bird conservation in the Asia Pacific.

Dr Evan Hamman

Dr Hamman is a lecturer in the School of Law and holds bachelors degrees in law and commerce from the University of New South Wales and a masters degree in environmental science and law from Sydney University His PhD research – awarded an Outstanding Thesis Award – investigated the role of non-state actors under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.

Dr Hamman has worked for NGOs and the Queensland Government on conservation and environmental law issues. He has an interest in the role and influence of civil society in conservation. His current research focuses on environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region including: migratory species; Ramsar wetlands; World Heritage areas; and the Great Barrier Reef.

You can read more about Dr Hamman in his staff profile.