School of Law, Gender and Media

Nate Palmer

Key information

School of Law, Gender and Media Graduate Teaching Assistant Law, Environment and Development Centre Member
BA International Studies. UN Harmony with Nature Expert (City College of New York CUNY)
MA Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (SOAS, University of London)

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Thesis title
Harmony with Nature: Evolving Dimensions of Water Governance in India
Internal Supervisors
Professor Philippe Cullet
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Nate is the recipient of the Bloomsbury PhD Studentship with a project titled, “Harmony with Nature: Evolving Dimensions of Water Governance in India.” 

His research is focused on rights of nature; water, law and development; and the environmental polycrisis. His supervisors, Professors Philippe Cullet (SOAS) and Izabela Delabre (Birkbeck), inform the interdisciplinary approach of the project (environmental law and development studies). The central aim is to apply the principles of harmony with Nature to multiscalar water governance regimes in order to address issues related to the environmental crisis. 

By applying non-anthropocentric approaches to not only our fundamental understanding of water and Nature, but also how we define our ‘neighbors,’ the current paradigm will be challenged, particularly in relation to private property. Nate is a UN Harmony with Nature expert. He has also participated on projects related to the rights of Nature with the UNEP, UNDP, and IUCN as a research assistant. He is a member of the Law, Environment and Development Centre. 

He holds an MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development from SOAS, where he was awarded a high distinction for his dissertation, “Towards a Global Recognition of the Rights of nature: lessons from Ecuador and India.” Previously, he received his BA in International Studies with a double minor in Development and Public Policy from the City College of New York CUNY. Here, he also worked extensively with the New York Public Interest Research Group, where he was an advocate for issues regarding clean water, the environment, consumer protection, voting rights, and homelessness. Nate has been a Teaching Assistant in International Studies at the City College of New York. 

He currently teaches at SOAS in both undergraduate and graduate courses on international environmental law and water development. He founded the SOAS Harmony with Nature Society, which holds events, seminar series, field trips, and other activities around recognizing humanity’s interconnectedness and interdependence with Nature.