Travel and Learning Award for Trevor Daya-Winterbottom

Supporting Trevor Daya-Winterbottom to travel to Europe (England, Finland, Spain, and Wales) to build networks for academic research and present papers on what modern ecologically focused environmental law should look like and how it should work in practice.​

Borrin Foundation Travel and Learning Award

Trevor’s plan

The New Zealand experiment in resource management reform during the period the late 1980s and early 1990s generated a suite of unique statutes (including the Resource Management Act). Thirty years on, New Zealand is now embarking upon a period of further resource management reform based on the general thesis that these ground-breaking reforms have not delivered the anticipated environmental outcomes. From an academic perspective, resource management reform in New Zealand presents a unique opportunity to interrogate environmental law more broadly, for example, the legal response to global environmental crises, the influence of international law on domestic law, the dynamic potential of Indigenous perspectives and customary law, and the wider comparative question of what (compared with other countries) modern ecologically focused environmental law should look like and how it should work in practice.

About Trevor

Dr Trevor Daya-Winterbottom is an Associate Professor and Reader in Law and Sustainability at Te Piringa – Faculty of Law in the University of Waikato. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Member of the International Law Association, a Member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, a Member of the European Environmental Law Forum, and a Member of the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law. His teaching, research and consultancy focuses on environmental law and public law. Internationally, he is the New Zealand Member on the ILA Committee on Sustainable Resource Management, and is a Member of the WCEL Climate Change Specialists Group. He was the first New Zealand based academic lawyer to be the Deputy Chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (2018-2021). He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn and is a Member of the specialist Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.

Grant Amount

$10,000 in 2023 to support travel

“The travel award provides a unique opportunity for academics to engage in intensive research collaboration and build sustainable networks. Put simply, it enables the generation of cutting-edge research that would not otherwise be produced for the benefit of New Zealand.”

Trevor Daya-Winterbottom