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Nicky van Dijk

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Nicky van Dijk

PhD Candidate

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Nicky.vanDijk@utas.edu.au

Biography

Thesis

A fair and effective future climate. How we should consider the interests of young people and future generations in climate law-making.

Climate change is extremely likely to have a severe impact on the lives of young people currently alive and future generations, even when adequate mitigation and adaptation measures are taken the coming decades. For future generations, i.e. those yet unborn, it is theoretically impossible to represent themselves in our (global) democratic systems in a direct manner. But also young citizens, i.e. those below the voting age, are excluded from almost all political decision making regarding their future. Currently political and legal systems are often more short-term oriented, and mechanisms purporting to safeguard people’s long-term interests stay at a minimum.

This research focuses on whether, to what extent and how the interests of future generations and young people should be considered in international climate law-making. It provides a normative framework assessing our intergenerational obligations, and analyses which political and legal mechanisms would be fair and efficient means to prevent further violation of these obligations. The research is highly interdisciplinary, as it combines environmental ethics, political science, national and international law, and moral psychology to gain insight in the current short-term bias of many legal and political mechanisms, and to assess proposals to make these institutions more long-term oriented.

Supervisors

Dr. Peter Lawrence

Prof. Benjamin J. Richardson

Biography

Before joining the University of Tasmania, Nicky finished a bachelor and research master in Philosophy at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Here she gained a strong background in political philosophy, philosophy of education, climate ethics and human rights, before merging these philosophical with legal skills in her multidisciplinary PhD. Next to this, Nicky actively promotes social and environmental justice in other ways, as researcher for the Climate Justice network, convenor of Fossil Free UTAS, organiser of support groups for queer people, member of the Ally Network Leadership Group, and as a founder and owner of several dance schools. Also, Nicky has a wide variety of governance experience from among others being a member of UTAS’ Ally Network Leadership Group, president of the UTAS Salsa Dance Society, founder of Lindy Hop Amersfoort, and vice chair of the UU’s Degree Program Advisory Committee of the rMA Philosophy.

Nicky has published on intergenerational justice in among others the Intergenerational Justice Review and On Education, and has contributed a chapter to the edited volume Giving Future Generations a Voice: Normative Frameworks, Institutions and Practice. She has presented her work at many international conferences, including at ‘Bridging Gaps of Affluence, Nation and Time’ of the Climate Future Initiative at Princeston University (2020, USA); ‘Democracy and Intergenerational Justice’ of the MANCEPT workshops (2020, UK); Frontiers of Environmental Law conferences (2019, 2021, Australia); and the Human Development and Capability Approach Conference (2020, New Zealand).

Research Interests

  • Environmental ethics, specifically climate change ethics
  • International environmental law
  • Intergenerational justice
  • Geoengineering
  • Human rights law
  • Law reform

Publications

2021. (forthcoming) Dijk, Nicky van. ‘The capability approach as a roadmap for re-thinking intergenerational justice.’ In Giving future generations a voice: Normative frameworks, institutions and practice, ed. Jan Linehan and Peter Lawrence. Edward Elgar.

2019. Dijk, Nicky van. ‘Intergenerational Equity: Environmental and Cultural Concerns. Reviewed by Nicky van Dijk.’ In Intergenerational Justice Review 2. http://www.igjr.org/ojs/index.php/igjr/article/view/790/696 [book review]

2019. Dijk, Nicky van. ‘Reply: Playing the long game: rethinking education for sustainability.’ In On Education 4. https://www.oneducation.net/issues/

2018. Dijk, Nicky van, Jan Linehan and Peter Lawrence. ‘Imagining a Different Future, Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice.’ In University of Tasmania Law Review 37(2). [non-peer reviewed]

Scholarly talks

2019. “Harmful short-termism and the interests of future generations and young people.” Expert meeting of the Climate Justice Network, University of Tasmania (June 28th)

2019. “Why fair consideration of future generations calls for formal representation.” Frontiers of Environmental Law, Queensland University of Technology (February 15th)

2018. “Representing future generations in international climate law-making: fairness, legitimacy and effectiveness.” Annual conference of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy, Enschede (November 11th)

2017. “A misguided match: Libertarianism and education.” Annual conference of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy, Doorn (November 10th)

2017. “Sexual consent – It’s all about having a sufficient procedure.” Conference for Women in Philosophy, Amsterdam (July 3rd)

2015. “Integrity in teacher and student. The influence of teaching.” (invited speaker) Meeting of the Descartes Honours College (Utrecht University) and the Quetelet Honours Program (Ghent University), Ghent, Belgium (March 14th)

Funding and Awards

  • 2018. Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (AUD$81.084), Australia.
  • 2018. Tuition Fee Scholarship, University of Tasmania, Australia.
  • 2016. Cum Laude bachelor degree in Philosophy at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
  • 2016. Descartes College Honours programme at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
  • 2015. Erasmus grant for social welfare studies at Linköping University (€1.750), Sweden.

Publications

2021. (forthcoming) Dijk, Nicky van. ‘The capability approach as a roadmap for re-thinking intergenerational justice.’ In Giving future generations a voice: Normative frameworks, institutions and practice, ed. Jan Linehan and Peter Lawrence. Edward Elgar.

2019. Dijk, Nicky van. ‘Intergenerational Equity: Environmental and Cultural Concerns. Reviewed by Nicky van Dijk.’ In Intergenerational Justice Review 2. http://www.igjr.org/ojs/index.php/igjr/article/view/790/696 [book review]

2019. Dijk, Nicky van. ‘Reply: Playing the long game: rethinking education for sustainability.’ In On Education 4. https://www.oneducation.net/issues/

2018. Dijk, Nicky van, Jan Linehan and Peter Lawrence. ‘Imagining a Different Future, Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice.’ In University of Tasmania Law Review 37(2). [non-peer reviewed]

Career summary

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Philosophy, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2016 (cum laude, GPA 4.0, with honours)
  • Research Master of Philosophy, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2018 (GPA 4.0). Thesis: Justifying compulsory education for sustainability.

Languages (other than English)

Dutch (native language), German (basic proficiency)

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Casual researcher of UTAS’ Climate Justice Network
  • Casual sustainability staff of UTAS’ Sustainability Integration program for Students, working of the university’s framework for responsible investments and divestment from fossil fuels
  • Member of UTAS’ Ally Network Leadership Group and the LGBTIQA+ student working group
  • Member of the student working group of UTAS’ Sustainability Committee
  • Member of the advisory committee of the Climate Futures Workshop (2021) at Princeton University

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Nicky taught seminars for second year BA Philosophy course Science and Epistemology I and first year BA Artificial Intelligence course Introduction to Logic at Utrecht University.

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Fields of Research

  • Law and humanities (480403)

Research Objectives

  • Crime prevention (230402)

Publications

Total publications

1

Journal Article

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Haddad A, Sauer J, Prichard J, Spiranovic C, Gelb K, 'Gaming tasks as a method for studying the impact of warning messages on information behavior', Library Trends, 68, (4) pp. 576-598. ISSN 0024-2594 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1353/lib.2020.0012 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sauer J; Prichard J; Spiranovic C

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