Daniel Robinson

Professor

Dr Daniel Robinson has a background in human geography, environmental science and environmental law. Daniel's research focuses on the regulation of nature and knowledge. His papers and books cover themes including 'biopiracy', access and benefit-sharing relating to biological resources, appropriation and regulation of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous/customary laws and biocultural protocols, ethical biotrade, political ecology, environmental policy and management. Daniel also has an interest in the environmental and social implications of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade rules and negotiations, and has several papers/chapters on the negotiation politics of these forums.

On these issues, Daniel has acted as a researcher and policy advisor on projects for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and with their joint project with UNCTAD, The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF), the German development implementation agency (GIZ), AusAid and Department of Environment, Natural Justice, the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, amongst others. Daniel was the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Award winner for Research - Social Impact (2016). He was a Research Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva (2014 - 2018); and a Visiting Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in NYC (October 2018).

Daniel is the Academic Co-Lead for the Pacific, for the UNSW Institute for Global Development, a university-wide strategic initiative. See: http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/institute_global_development

Daniel is currently the Pacific Regional Manager of the Access and Benefit-Sharing Capacity Development Initiative, which has a 5 year project implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the Pacific from 2017 to 2021. See: http://www.abs-initiative.info/

Daniel is Chief Investigator with Dr Margaret Raven on the 5 year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project(DP180100507): Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge (2018-2022).

Additional extensive media relating to Kakadu Plum and bush foods and medicines, for example on ABC radio national,  ABC TV Landline, as well as ABC Radio Local/Regional, SBS Radio World News, SBS TV The Feed, Print media such as SMH, le monde diplomatique, Deutche Welle and others.

Books
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Robinson DF, 2020, The Moroccan Argan Trade, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780367853556
2020
O’Donnell T; Robinson DF; Gillespie J, 2019, Legal Geography, Routledge, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429426308
2019
Robinson DF; Abdel-Latif A; Roffe P, (eds.), 2017, Protecting Traditional Knowledge. The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, Routledge, London; New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315666358
2017
Robinson D, 2014, Biodiversity, Access and Benefit-Sharing: Global Case Studies, Routledge, Oxon, UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315882819
2014
Robinson DF, 2010, Confronting Biopiracy: Challenges, Cases and International Debates, Earthscan, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781849774710
2010
Book Chapters
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Robinson D; Von Braun J, 2019, 'New Challenges for the Nagoya Protocol: Diverging Implementation Regimes for Access and Benefit-Sharing', in Correa C; Sueba X (ed.), Intellectual Property and Development: Understanding the Interfaces Liber amicorum Pedro Roffe, Springer, Singapore, pp. 377 - 404
2019
Robinson DF; von Braun J, 2019, 'New challenges for the Nagoya Protocol: Diverging implementation regimes for access and benefit-sharing', in Intellectual Property and Development: Understanding the Interfaces: Liber amicorum Pedro Roffe, pp. 377 - 403,
2019
Robinson D, 2018, 'Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? A critical reflection on the WIPO IGC', in McManis C; Ong B (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Biodiversity and the Law, Routledge, Oxon, pp. 350 - 358, https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Biodiversity-and-the-Law/McManis-Ong/p/book/9781138693302
2018
Robinson D; Raven M; Hunter J, 2018, 'The limits of ABS laws. Why Gumby Gumby and other bush foods and medicines need specific indigenous knowledge protections', in Lawson C; Adhikari K (ed.), Biodiversity, Genetic Resources and Intellectual Property Developments in Access and Benefit Sharing, Routledge, New York, pp. 185 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315098517
2018
Robinson D; Chiarolla C, 2017, 'The Role of Databases, Contracts and Codes of Conduct', in Robinson DF; Roffe P; Abdel-Latif A (ed.), Protecting Traditional Knowledge The Wipo Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, edn. 1, Routledge Research in International Environmental Law, Oxon, pp. 108 - 121, https://www.routledge.com/Protecting-Traditional-Knowledge-The-WIPO-Intergovernmental-Committee/Robinson-Abdel-Latif-Roffe/p/book/9781138955448
2017
McDuie-Ra DA; Robinson D, 2017, 'Pirate places in Bangkok: IPRs, vendors and urban order', in Fredriksson M; Arvanitakis J (ed.), Property, Place and Piracy, Routledge, London, pp. 202 - 217, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315180731
2017
Robinson D; Roffe P; Abdel-Latif A, 2017, 'Introduction: Mapping the Evolution, State-of-play and Future of the WIPO IGC', in Robinson DF; Abdel-Latif A; Roffe P (ed.), Protecting Traditional Knowledge The Wipo Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, Routledge Research in International Environmental Law, Oxon, pp. 3 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315666358
2017
Robinson D, 2017, 'Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Diversity', in morand S; lajaunie C; Satrawaha R (ed.), Biodiversity Conservation in Southeast Asia Challenges in a Changing Environment, Earthscan Conservation and Development, Oxon, pp. 33 - 46, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315313573
2017
Bavikatte SK; Robinson D, 2016, 'Putting Peoplehood at the Center of the Green Economy', in Kohli K; Menon M (ed.), Business Interests and the Environmental Crisis, Sage Publications Pvt. Limited, New Delhi, pp. 207 - 237
2016
Robinson D; Parfitt C, 2015, 'Trade-Related Intellectual Property: Implications for the Global Seed Industry, Food Sovereignty and Farmer's Rights', in Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 291 - 308, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9780857939838.00022
2015
Robinson, DF; Drozdzewski D; Kiddell, L, 2014, 'You can’t change our ancestors without our permission: Cultural Perspectives on Biopiracy', in Arvanitakis J; Fredriksson M (ed.), Piracy: Leakages from Modernity, Litwin Books, LLC, Sacramento, CA., pp. 55 - 76,
2014
Robinson, DF; Drozdzewski D; Kiddell, L, 2014, 'You can’t change our ancestors without our permission: Cultural Perspectives on Biopiracy', in Fredriksson M; Arvanitakis J (ed.), Piracy: Leakages from Modernity, edn. 1, Litwin Books, LLC, Sacramento, CA., pp. 55 - 76, http://litwinbooks.com/piracy.php
2014
Kalpage S; Merson J; Robinson DF, 2012, 'Landscape-based conservation and sustainable resource use in the developing world: A case study from Sri Lanka', in Merson J; Cooney R; Brown P (ed.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 16 - 33, http://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/isbn/9781742233451.htm
2012
Robinson DF, 2012, 'Biopiracy and the Innovations of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities', in Drahos P; Frankel S (ed.), Indigenous Peoples’ and Innovation: Intellectual Property Pathways to Development, edn. Original, ANU E-Press, Canberra, pp. 73 - 90, http://epress.anu.edu.au/?p=154251
2012
Robinson DF, 2012, 'Potential gains and challenges from biodiversity access and benefit-sharing: lessons from case studies and national systems', in Merson J; Cooney R; Brown P (ed.), Conservation in a Crowded World: Case studies from the Asia-Pacific, edn. Original, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 277 - 298, http://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/isbn/9781742233451.htm
2012
Robinson DF, 2010, 'Sui Generis Systems for Plant Variety Protection and Traditional Knowledge in Asia', in Melendez-Ortiz R; Roffe P (ed.), Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development: Development Agendas in a Changing World, Edward Elgar, London, pp. 235 - 270
2010
Robinson DF, 2010, 'Local Agricultural and Environmental Knowledge: Working with Thai Institutes and Communities', in Jennings J; Packham R; Woodside D (ed.), Shaping Change: Natural Resource Management, Agriculture and the Role of Extension, edn. Original, APEN, Australia, pp. 102 - 108
2010
Robinson DF, 2008, 'Beyond `Protection` : Promoting Traditional Knowledge Systems in Thailand', in Patenting Lives: Life patents, culture and development, ASHGATE, Aldershot, pp. 121 - 138
2008
Conference Papers
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Robinson DF, 2007, 'Local agri-cultural and environmental knowledge: working with local institutes and communities in Thailand', in Jennings J; Packham R; Woodside D (eds.), Proceedings: APEN Forum 07 'Capture, Consolidate and Communicate', APEN Forum 07: Capture, Consolidate and Communicate, ANU Canberra, pp. 253 - 268, presented at APEN Forum 07: Capture, Consolidate and Communicate, ANU Canberra
2007
Journal articles
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Robinson DF; Raven M, 2020, 'Recognising Indigenous customary law of totemic plant species: Challenges and pathways', Geographical Journal, vol. 186, pp. 31 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12320
2020
Lai JC; Robinson DF; Stirrup T; Tualima HY, 2019, 'Māori knowledge under the microscope: Appropriation and patenting of mātauranga Māori and related resources', Journal of World Intellectual Property, vol. 22, pp. 205 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jwip.12125
2019
Lai JC; Robinson DF; Stirrup T; Tualima HY, 2019, 'Māori knowledge under the microscope: Appropriation and patenting of mātauranga Māori and related resources', Journal of World Intellectual Property,
2019
Masud S; Robinson DF; Sultana N, 2019, 'Factors influencing communities’ flood risk perceptions: outcome of a community survey in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment, Australia', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 26, pp. 407 - 425, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2019.1682077
2019
Robinson DF; McDuie-Ra D, 2018, '(En)countering counterfeits in Bangkok: The urban spatial interlegalities of intellectual property law, enforcement and tolerance', Geographical Journal, vol. 184, pp. 41 - 52,
2018
Robinson DF; McDuie-Ra DA, 2018, '(En)counter-feiting Bangkok: The urban spatial interlegalities of intellectual property law, enforcement and tolerance', The Geographical Journal, vol. 184, pp. 41 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12209
2018
Robinson DF; Graham N, 2018, 'Legal pluralisms, justice and spatial conflicts: New directions in legal geography', Geographical Journal, vol. 184, pp. 3 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12247
2018
Robinson D; Humphries F; Loban H, 2017, 'Implications of indigenous land tenure changes for accessing indigenous genetic resources from northern australia', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 34, pp. 560 - 579, http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/files/2017/11/EPLJ-Vol-34-No-6-Contents.pdf
2017
Robinson D; Raven M, 2017, 'Identifying and Preventing Biopiracy in Australia: patent landscapes and legal geographies for plants with Indigenous Australian uses', Australian Geographer, vol. 48, pp. 311 - 331, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00049182.2016.1229240
2017
Masud S; Merson J; Robinson DF, 2016, 'Adapting a holistic approach to flood management in the Hawkesbury–Nepean region: complexities and perceptions of the agencies involved', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, vol. 59, pp. 1126 - 1147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2015.1056339
2016
Robinson DF; Forsyth M, 2016, 'People, plants, place, and rules: the Nagoya Protocol in pacific island countries', Geographical Research, vol. 54, pp. 324 - 335, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12178
2016
Robinson DF; Drozdzewski D, 2016, 'Hybrid identities: juxtaposing multiple identities against the ‘authentic’ Moken', Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, vol. 23, pp. 536 - 554, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2015.1070730
2016
Robinson D; Bavikatte KS; Oliva MJ, 2015, 'Biocultural Community Protocols: Dialogues on the Space Within', IK: Other Ways of Knowing, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 31, http://journals.psu.edu/ik/article/view/59704
2015
Drozdzewski D; Robinson DF, 2015, 'Care-work on fieldwork: taking your own children into the field', Children's Geographies: advancing interdisciplinary understanding of younger people's lives, vol. 13, pp. 372 - 378, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2015.1026210
2015
Robinson D, 2015, 'TRIPS and Developing Countries: Towards a New IPR World Order?', GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH, vol. 53, pp. 111 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12088
2015
Robinson D, 2014, 'Nagoya Protocol in the Spotlight with CBD meet ahead', ICTSD, pp. 4 - 8
2014
Robinson D, 2014, 'Business and biodiversity: Towards sustainable use value chains?', ICTSD, pp. 16 - 19, http://www.ictsd.org/sites/default/files/review/biores8-10_0.pdf
2014
Bartel R; Graham N; Jackson S; Prior JH; Robinson DF; Sherval M; Williams S, 2013, 'Legal geography: An Australian perspective', Geographical Research, vol. 51, pp. 339 - 353, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12035
2013
Robinson DF, 2013, 'Legal geographies of intellectual property, 'traditional' knowledge and biodiversity: Experiencing conventions, laws, customary law, and Karma in Thailand', Geographical Research, vol. 51, pp. 375 - 386, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12022
2013
McDuie-Ra D; Robinson DF; Kaewmahanin J, 2013, 'Spatial dysfunction in post-tsunami Baan Lion: Taking the Moken beyond vulnerability and tradition', Geoforum, vol. 48, pp. 145 - 155, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2013.04.023
2013
Zhang C; Robinson DF; Wang J; Liu J; Liu X; Tong LJ, 2011, 'Factors influencing farmers' willingness to participate in the conversion of cultivated land to wetland Program in Sanjiang National Nature Reserve, China', Environmental Management, vol. 47, pp. 107 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00267-010-9586-z
2011
Robinson DF; Gibson C, 2011, 'Governing knowledge: Discourses and tactics of the european union in trade-related intellectual property negotiations', Antipode, vol. 43, pp. 1883 - 1910, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00860.x
2011
Bavikatte K; Robinson DF, 2011, 'Towards a People's History of the Law: Biocultural Jurisprudence and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing', Law, Environment & Development Journal, vol. 7, pp. 35 - 55, http://www.lead-journal.org/content/11035.pdf
2011
Robinson DF, 2010, 'Locating biopiracy: Geographically and culturally situated knowledges', Environment and Planning A, vol. 42, pp. 38 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/a41346
2010
Robinson DF, 2010, 'Dealing with Traditional Knowledge Under the ABS Protocol', Bridges Trade BioRes Review, vol. 4, pp. 8 - 10, http://ictsd.org/i/environment/87124/
2010
Robinson DF, 2009, 'Biopiracy concerns heat up over chilli pepper', Bridges Trade BioRes Review, vol. 3, pp. 6 - 7, http://ictsd.org/i/news/bioresreview/56902/
2009
Kuanpoth J; Robinson DF, 2009, 'Protection of Geographical Indications: The Case of Jasmine Rice and Thailand', Intellectual Property Quarterly, vol. 2009, pp. 281 - 398
2009
Robinson DF; Kuanpoth J, 2009, 'The Traditional Medicines Predicament: A Case Study of Thailand', The Journal of World Intellectual Property, vol. 11, pp. 375 - 403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-1796.2008.00347.x
2009
Robinson DF; Edwards DJ, 2009, 'Sustainable housing design: measurement, motivation, and management in Sutherland Shire, Sydney, Australia', Environment and Planning B - Planning and Design, vol. 36, pp. 336 - 354, http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/b31161
2009
Robinson DF, 2008, 'Sui Generis Plant Variety Protection Systems: liability rules and non-UPOV systems of protection', Journal of intellectual property law and practice, vol. 3, pp. 659 - 665
2008
Gibson CR; Robinson DF, 2004, 'Creative Networks in Regional Australia', Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture and Policy, vol. 112, pp. 83 - 100
2004
Reports
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Robinson DF, 2012, Towards Access and Benefit-Sharing Best Practice: Pacific Case Studies, DSEWPAC and GIZ, Canberra and Eschborn, ABS Initiative Case Studies, http://www.abs-initiative.info/uploads/media/ABS_Best_Practice_Pacific_Case_Studies_Final_01.pdf
2012
Robinson DF; Defrenne E, 2011, Argan: A case study on ABS?, Union for Ethical Biotrade, Geneva, http://www.ethicalbiotrade.org/dl/UEBT_D_ROBINSON_AND_E_DEFRENNE_final.pdf
2011
Mullapudi S; Robinson DF, 2008, Towards a Balanced 'Sui Generis' Plant Variety Regime: Guidelines to Establish a National PVP Law and an Understanding of TRIPS-Plus Aspects of Plant Rights, United Nations Development Programme, New York, Bureau for Policy Development - Intellectual Property, http://www.undp.org/poverty/topics7_intellectual_property.shtml
2008
Working Papers
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Robinson DF, 2010, Traditional Knowledge and Biological Product Derivative Patents: Benefit-Sharing and Patent Issues Relating to Camu Camu, Kakadu Plum and Açaí Plant Extracts, United Nations University, Darwin, United Nations University Traditional Knowledge Initiative, http://dx.doi.orghttp://www.unutki.org/news.php?doc_id=174
2010

Arts and Social Sciences Dean's Award winner for Research - Social Impact (2016)
Research Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva (2014 - 2018)

Daniel is currently the Pacific Regional Manager of the Access and Benefit-Sharing Capacity Development Initiative, which has a 5 year project implementing the Nagoya Protocol in the Pacific from 2017 to 2021. See: http://www.abs-initiative.info/

Daniel is Chief Investigator with Dr Margaret Raven on the 5 year Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP180100507): Indigenous knowledge futures: protecting and promoting indigenous knowledge (2018-2022).

Daniel is the Academic Co-Lead for the Pacific, for the UNSW Institute for Global Development, a university-wide strategic initiative. See: http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/institute_global_development

Biodiversity, Access and benefit-sharing, Biotrade value chains, Indigenous knowledge, Intellectual property (patents, plant variety protection) and development, biopiracy and bioprospecting ethics, general environmental matters

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