Dr Fanny Thornton
Faculty of Business, Government & Law, University of Canberra
Indigenous struggles against and within the context of climate change deserve elaboration and analysis that reach beyond common conceptualisations involving national representation, global civil society mobilisation or multilateral negotiations. In the Pacific Islands region, various activist and artistic endeavours have striven to position the existential threat of climate change as an object of local political action and drive for change. These endeavours are frequently based in permutations of *banua – concerning the relationship between movement and stillness, kinesis and stasis – which creates possibilities of pondering the pressing realities of climate change from within a historical context rich in experience of journeying, of losing sight of land, of proud navigation, and of starting over. Those concerned ask difficult questions of hegemonic conceptions of territorial space and political time, which raise the stakes of critical discussion about mobility in the political present.
Dr Fanny 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.