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Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Climate Futures, The University of Melbourne

Dr Lily O'Neill is a Senior Research Fellow for Melbourne Climate Futures (MCF). She is a legal researcher examining the energy transition, climate repair, environmental regulation, native title and agreement making.

Her particular focus for MCF is how these issues impact and benefit First Nations people in research projects that are First Nations community identified.

Lily is a former legal practitioner at a major Australian law firm, a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Commission on Environmental Law, and on the committee of local environmental group Sustainable Upper Ovens. She lives regionally on the country of the Taungurung people in north-east Victoria.


  • 2022–present
    Senior research fellow, University of Melbourne


  • 2016 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2007 
    University of Melbourne, BA/LLB(Hons)