Dr Cristelle Maurin

Dr Cristelle Maurin

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty of Science

Career Summary


Dr Cristelle Maurin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Centre for Balanced Land Use (ICBLU). ICBLU was established in 2016 as a joint initiative between The University of Newcastle and the New South Wales Government to provide independent, evidence based research to address the global challenges concerning energy, water and food security and the sustainable use and equitable access to land and natural resources. ICBLU harnesses research from disciplines such as engineering, environmental science, law, agriculture and sociology across the University of Newcastle, and its partnerships with industry and government, to provide integrated research solutions and educational services to better understand, support and drive systemic change towards sustainable and balanced land use.

With expertise in law and development, Cristelle contributes to ICBLU research and teaching programs on land and resource governance, sustainability transitions and food systems.

Research Interests

  • International economic law and sustainable development
  • Investment in land and agriculture
  • Food systems
  • Ecological public health
  • Food and agricultural policy
  • Nexus between food, environment, health and human rights
  • Local food economies
  • Integrated approaches to natural resource management
  • Legal pluralism and land rights
  • Conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity
  • Green, circular, bio economy


Cristelle has a PhD in International Law (University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, 2011). She was a Research Associate at University College London, International Energy Policy Institute from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that, she was doctoral candidate and research associate at the University Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, Centre for European and International Law and visiting fellow at the University of Stellenbosch, Centre for Chinese Studies. Prior to academia, Cristelle worked in international development in East Asia, West Africa and the Pacific Region, including with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Her research and work experience spans the legal reforms of onshore and offshore mineral regimes, natural resource governance frameworks, impact assessment, the development of mechanisms and legislation to foster effective participation and stakeholder engagement in decision-making processes, international human rights law and investment law.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France
  • Master of Research, University of Nicc-Sophia Antipolis - France


  • energy and resources law
  • environmental law
  • human rights law
  • international economic law
  • international investment law
  • law and development


  • French (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Italian (Fluent)
  • Mandarin (Working)
  • Indonesian (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law 50
180114 Human Rights Law 40
160510 Public Policy 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Faculty of Science
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Office - DVC (Research and Innovation)


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Maurin CEL, ''Coal Seam Gas'', Mining in the Asia-Pacific: Risks, Challenges and Opportunities, Springer, Germany 237-249 (2017) [B1]
2016 Maurin CEL, Vivoda V, 'Shale Gas and the Energy Policy ¿Trilemma¿', Handbook of Shale Gas Law and Policy, Intersentia Uitgevers N V, Cambridge (UK) 331-343 (2016)
2013 Maurin CEL, Yeophantong P, 'China and the Regulation of Outbound Investment: Towards A ¿Responsible Investment¿ Policy Framework', The Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 2014-2015, Oxford University Press, New York (2013)

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Van Hende K, Maurin CEL, De Silva N, Xiao P, 'Mapping out China's Shale Gas Future: Challenges Towards Development', Oil, Gas & Energy Law, (2014)
2013 Maurin CEL, Yeophantong P, 'Going Global Responsibly? China's Strategies Towards ¿Sustainable¿ Overseas Investments', Pacific Affairs, 86 281-303 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5509/2013862281

Report (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Maurin CEL, 'The Need for an Energy Vision in New South Wales', Energy Policy Institute of Australia, 7 (2016)
2013 Maurin CEL, 'Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Investments: How Can China Support the African Mining Vision?', Centre for Chinese Studies, 0 (2013)
2013 Maurin CEL, 'Pacific Islands: leading the way in deep sea minerals legislation', East Asia Forum, 0 (2013)
2013 Maurin CEL, 'Deep Seabed Minerals: A New Mining Frontier in the Pacific Region', Institute for Security and Development Policy, 3 (2013)
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $223,436

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20181 grants / $169,800

Hunter Energy Transition Alliance: Research and Coordination Team$169,800

Funding body: AGL Energy

Funding body AGL Energy
Project Team Professor Richard Bush, Doctor Michael Askew, Doctor Cristelle Maurin
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1800194
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111

20171 grants / $53,636

Energy Transition in the Hunter Region: Social dynamics, policy implications and opportunities for the energy sector$53,636

Funding body: AGL Energy

Funding body AGL Energy
Project Team Professor Richard Bush, Doctor Cristelle Maurin, Doctor Michael Askew
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700760
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Land and the Green Economy PhD (Economics), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Cristelle Maurin


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Science

Contact Details

Email cristelle.maurin@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 49215280
Mobile 0415587233


Room NIER C131
Building NIER C
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308