Kate holds a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University in Australia. Her background is in education and environmental policy. Working with environmental non-governmental organisations in Europe and globally, Kate has worked on forest governance reforms and illegal logging, particularly the European Union’s policy responses in these areas. She has been following the UN climate negotiations since 2009, focusing on equity and human rights, and the role of forests and land-use in climate mitigation.
Kate is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her research looks at the politics of carbon accounting in the forests and land-use sector. Kate is interested in the environmental integrity of terrestrial carbon accounting, and the justice and equity implications of land-based climate mitigation, including sustainable limits to the use of 'negative emissions'.