Harriet Harden-Davies

Phone number: +61 2 4221 5024
Office: Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS),
ITAMS, University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia   

Degree Program: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

PhD Thesis Title: Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Meeting Challenges for Global Governance 

Professor Robin Warner, Professor at ANCORS
Dr Mary-Ann Palma-Robles, Visiting Senior Fellow at ANCORS


Harriet Harden-Davies is a PhD Candidate at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS). Harriet’s research is on the governance challenges surrounding marine genetic resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction, with a focus on the legal issues associated with the sustainable access to marine genetic resources and the equitable sharing of benefits arising from their use. Harriet holds an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship and is a PhD Scholar of the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program. She is also a lead member of the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative working group on marine genetic resources, part of the International Network for the Scientific Investigation of Deep-Sea Ecosystems. 

Prior to joining ANCORS, Harriet was Manager of Policy and Projects at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). She was responsible for the delivery of ATSE’s research projects and policy development activities, focusing on the role of technological innovation in governance across a number of strategic priority areas including: energy, water, agriculture, health technology and natural resource management. Harriet has contributed to projects for international organisations including the OECD and the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Previously, Harriet was at the UK Royal Society in the Science Policy Centre, working on projects relating to geoengineering governance, international scientific collaboration and emerging issues in marine science policy. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the University of Southampton, and has participated in marine scientific research projects through the UK National Oceanography Centre. Harriet is a keen scuba diver, windsurfer and sailor. 

Research interests:

Harriet’s research interests include: marine genetic resources and marine biotechnology, access and benefit-sharing, governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction, biodiversity conservation, marine science and technology policy, the law of the sea and the role of science in governance.

Research projects:

Principal Investigator, Drugs from the Deep? The Scope for Sustainable Deep-Sea Drug Discovery in Australia (UOW Global Challenges Project).

Working group memberships and other affiliations


Journal publications

Harden-Davies, H., 2017. A new wave of science diplomacy? Marine scientific research cooperation for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Harden-Davies, H., 2017. Research for Regions: A New Era for Marine Technology Transfer and Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. 32: 797-822.

Quirk, G., Harden-Davies, H., 2017. Cooperation, Competence and Coherence: The Role of Regional Ocean Governance in the South West Pacific for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. 32: 672-708.

Harden-Davies, H., 2017. Capacity building and technology transfer for marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. American Society of International Law, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting 12-15 April 2017. [in press].

Harden-Davies, H. 2016. 'Marine science and technology transfer: can the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Advance Governance of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction?'. Marine Policy. 74. 260-267.

Vierros, M., Suttle, C., Harden-Davies, H., Burton, G. (2016) ‘Who owns the ocean? Policy issues surrounding marine genetic resources.’ Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin (accepted, in press).

Gjerde, K., Reeve, L., Harden-Davies, H., Ardron, J., Dolan, R., Durussel, C., Earle, S., Jiminez, J., Kalas, P., Laffoley, D., Oral, N., Page, R., Chantal Ribeiro, M., Rochette, J., Spadone, A., Thiele, T., Thomas, H., Wagner, D., Warner, R., Wilhelm, T., Wright, G. (2016) ‘Protecting Earth’s last conservation frontier: scientific, management and legal priorities for MPAs beyond national boundaries.’ Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 26 (Suppl. 2): 45-60. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2646.

Harden-Davies, H. 2016. Deep-sea genetic resources: issues for science and stewardship. Deep-sea Research II. (accepted, in press).

Book Chapters

Harden-Davies H. 2016. ‘The Regulation of Marine Scientific Research: Addressing Challenges, advancing knowledge’ in: Robin Warner and Stuart Kaye (eds) Routledge Handbook of Maritime Regulation and Enforcement. Routledge, Abingdon. 212-230.

Selected Other Publications

Harden-Davies, H., Quirk, G., Warner, R. ‘New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle’, The Conversation. 28 March 2016.

Australian Council of Learned Academies. 2014. ‘The role of science, research and technology in lifting Australia’s productivity.’ (ACOLA, Melbourne). Project manager and report editor.

Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. 2013. ‘Re-thinking linkages: translating research into economic benefits for Australia.’ (ATSE, Melbourne). Project manager and report editor.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. 2012. Governance of Science Technology and Innovation to meet Global Challenges: Chapter 9 Improving science, technology and innovation governance to meet global challenges. (OECD, Paris). Co-author.

Papers presented

Harden-Davies, H. 2015. ‘Deep-Sea Genetic Resources: Governance, Science and Stewardship’ Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI), 6 December 2015.

Harden-Davies, H. 2015. ‘Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: What Role for Non-Monetary Benefit Sharing?’ 14th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, 31 August 2015. Aveiro, Portugal.

Harden-Davies, H., & Grieber, T., ‘Marine Genetic Resources in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Options for Access and Benefit-Sharing and Considerations for the Pacific’ Pacific Ocean Alliance ‘High Hopes for High Seas’ Meeting, 26 May 2015. Suva, Fiji.


Last reviewed: 28 June, 2018