Natalie is a climate policy advocate, researcher and international lawyer. She currently works as a Policy Advisor at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), where her work focuses on a managed phase-out of oil and gas production. Previously, she was a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD in public international law from the University of Cambridge, where her doctoral research focused on self-determination of peoples and participation in intergovernmental organisations.
Natalie graduated with a BSc in Physics and an LLB(Hons) from the University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand, before completing her LLM at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge she has taught international law, human rights law, international environmental law, and EU environmental law. Alongside her other work, she frequently writes for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, the de facto history of intergovernmental environmental negotiations; she has attended 20+ UN meetings in this capacity. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, playing violin, reading widely, and tending her balcony garden.