Travel and Learning Award for Sam Campbell

Supporting Sam Campbell to Travel to Paris and Stockholm to establish networks and build connections in academia, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, and industry.

Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Award

Sam’s plan

Sam will use the Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Award to travel to Stockholm and Paris in August-September 2023. Sam will attend the Stockholm International Water Institute’s World Water Week conference and connect with contacts at UNESCO World Heritage bodies and the International Water Resources Association. The purpose of Sam’s trip will be to investigate the ways in which protected areas instruments, such as UNESCO World Heritage Convention, can improve ecological outcomes for the world’s rivers, including rivers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Globally, freshwater habitats are under critical threat, but the potential for protected areas to respond to prominent river threats is underexplored. Sam’s project will focus on this gap.

About Sam

Dr Sam Campbell is a Lecturer at Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato. He is a member of the International Water Resources Association, the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and Water New Zealand. Sam’s work concerns the values associated with rivers, particularly spiritual and indigenous values, and the ways in which they can be incorporated into water laws to improve conservation outcomes. Sam holds a PhD in law from the University of Waikato and a LLB (Hons) and Bachelor of International Relations from Griffith University. Sam previously practiced as a solicitor in Brisbane and Melbourne for a leading international law firm. He is admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia.

Grant Amount

$10,000 + GST in 2023 to support travel

“The travel award will provide an invaluable opportunity to connect with water colleagues and produce work which is informed by the latest international academic, policy and industry insights on critical water issues facing the world today.”

– Sam Campbell