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Ellycia Harrould-Kolieb

Lecturer and Research Fellow in Ocean Governance, University of Melbourne and Postdoctoral Researcher, UEF Law School, University of Eastern Finland, The University of Melbourne

Ellycia Harrould-Kolieb, PhD (University of Melbourne) is a Postdoctoral Researcher on the TRANSCLIM project, based at the UEF Law School. She is also a Visiting Academic at the Climate and Energy College of the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne and an Advisor at Rationale Advisors. In her PhD, Ellycia examined how the role of problem framing interacts with treaty interpretation to open new avenues for addressing the emergent problem of ocean acidification under existing multilateral agreements.

Ellycia has over two decades of experience working in environmental conservation and governance, primarily focused on issues related to international ocean governance and the intersection of climate, ocean and biodiversity governance. Prior to her PhD, Ellycia worked in Washington DC as a Marine Scientist for Oceana, the largest NGO focused on marine conservation. In this role, Ellycia sat at the science-policy interface, advocating on Capitol Hill, at multilateral negotiations and at the state goverment level for stronger policies to protect the ocean from climate change.

Ellycia's publications can be found in top ranked journals, including Climate Policy, Conservation Biology, RECIEL, Environmental Science & Policy and Marine Policy.


  • 2011–present
    PhD Candidate, School of Geography & Australian-German Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne


  • 2006 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Environment
  • 2003 
    Monash University, B.A./B.Sc