Fanny Thornton


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Dr Thornton gained a PhD in Public International Law from the College of Law at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2014. Her research concerns legal and policy pespectives in the area of human migration and displacment resulting from anthropogenic climate change. With her research collaborators, she has been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council and the National Geographic Society to work on issues connected to this. Dr Thornton published a book on the topic of climate change, human migration/displacement and international law with Oxford University Press in 2018. She works with international organisations including the International Organisation for Migration and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Dr Thornton teaches in the areas of Public International Law, Human Rights Law, Legal Theory, Legal Systems, and Law Foundations. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University

Master, University of Sussex

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Projects 2015 2019

Research Output 2011 2019

Discounting the mother-child relationship in parenting orders: A snapshot in time

EASTEAL, P., Prest, A. & THORNTON, F., 2019, In : Australian Journal of Family Law. 32, 3, p. 221-248 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Human Mobility and Environmental Change: A Survey of Perceptions and Policy Direction

THORNTON, F., McNamara, K. E., Farbotko, C., Dun, O., Ransan-Cooper, H., Chevalier, E. & Lkhagvasuren, P., Mar 2019, In : Population and Environment. 40, 3, p. 239-256 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

environmental change
policy development
online survey
social economics
1 Citation (Scopus)

Indigenous (im)mobilities in the Anthropocene

Suliman, S., Farbotko, C., Ransan-Cooper, H., McNamara, K. E., THORNTON, F., McMichael, C. & Kitara, T., 26 Apr 2019, In : Mobilities. 14, 3, p. 298-318 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

global climate
climate change
Climate Change
International Justice
International Law

Climate Change Refugees

THORNTON, F., 2018, Handbook of Migration and Globalisation. Triandafyllidou, A. (ed.). Glos, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 397-410 14 p. (Handbooks on Globalisation).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

climate change