Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."

Early Deadline: 24 August 2021
Final Deadline: 24 December 2021

2022 Recipients

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:

Fatema Jahan Sharna

Fatema Jahan Sharna

Judge, Law Commission, Bangladesh

Fatema Jahan Sharna is a Judge from Bangladesh. She is currently working as the Senior Assistant Secretary (Joint District and Sessions Judge) at the Law Commission, Bangladesh. As a Researcher of the Commission, in last seven years she has drafted several law reports for the Government. She has completed her LL.B (Hons), LL.M., MSS in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and MPhil in Environmental Law from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Recently she has completed her Research Masters on Climate Change adaptation, gender equity and Environmental Law from the Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, Australia as an Australia Awards Scholarship Awardee.

Shannon Welch

Shannon Welch

Danial Morgan Graduate School of National Security, United States

Shannon Welch provides governmental and international affairs research support impacting areas of national security. Mrs. Welch has a graduate degree in National Security and Cyber Intelligence from Daniel Morgan Graduate School and an undergraduate degree in Global Conflict and Coastal Biology from Hood College.

Furthermore, Shannon Welch’s experience includes working with NGOs and private consulting firms, which have included: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and the Audubon Society. She has a vested interest in the effects climate change has on national and international security. Her research focuses on military base erosion, climate refugees, and threats to national security from climate change events like hurricanes.

​Masako Ichihara

​Masako Ichihara

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan

Masako Ichihara is a researcher at Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan, currently assigned to Center of Climate Change Adaptation in Kyoto. She holds a Ph.D. from Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University. She also holds a Juris Doctor from The University of Tokyo Graduate School for Law and Politics. Her past academic contributions mainly focus on climate change litigation, mainly in Japan. She also served City of Kyoto as a member of Environmental Council from 2018 to 2020, and contributed in amendment of Ordinance on Promotion for Global Warming Countermeasures.

Brie O'Sullivan​

Brie O'Sullivan​

University of Western Ontario, Cananda

Brie O'Sullivan is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario studying the health impact and ethical considerations of humanitarian drones in low-income countries. She is also passionate about the effects of climate change on human and environmental health in these settings. Along with her academic research, Brie works at WeRobotics, an international humanitarian drone organization, where she is a lead researcher on projects with the WHO, Gates Foundation, and World Economic Forum.

Fatma Güneri

Fatma Güneri

Lille Catholic University, France

Dr. Fatma Güneri holds PhD in Marketing (2014, Institute of Business Administration, University of Lille, France), Executive MBA in Designing for social innovation and leadership (2016), Higher Research Degree in the creativity and innovation management (2018). Research engineer at HEMiSF4iRE, Lille Catholic University since 2017. She is a lecturer and thesis tutor in marketing and management at the faculties of Lille Catholic University, ISTC, JUNIA, IESEG and Skema, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Toyo, Japan (2019-2020). Her current research topics concern the third places (fablabs, coworking spaces etc.), remote working and visualisation of work space data. Recently, she is interested in students online learning.

In Their Words

I learned a lot about the different climate research and initiatives happening worldwide. It was also very valuable experience facilitating the sessions."

Lindsay Luke, 2015 Awardee

My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group"

Dellarue Howard, 2015 Awardee

Being a graduate scholar forced me to network and become involved in the conference more than I would have as just an attendee."

Kelly Stevens, 2015 Awardee