Kate is a political scientist whose research focuses on environmental politics, and specifically the politics of carbon accounting in the forests and land-use sector. She is a lecturer in Climate Change in the School of Geography, University Melbourne. Her research interests focus on 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'.
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.