Dr Michelle Maloney -
AELA Co-Founder and National Convenor
Dr Michelle Maloney has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Hons) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University. As Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA), Michelle manages the strategic direction and governance of AELA, including the extensive partnerships and networks that AELA has with the legal, academic, indigenous and environmental advocacy communities. Michelle also designs and manages AELA programs and events, including the Australian Peoples’ Tribunal for Community and Nature’s Rights, and coordinates the work of more than 20 fantastic multi-disciplinary professional and student volunteers around Australia. Michelle is the Co-Founder and Director of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA); Co-Founder and Director of Future Dreaming Australia; Senior Adjunct Fellow, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University; the Australian representative on the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN); and a member of the Steering Group the Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA) . Michelle lives in Brisbane, (Queensland) with her husband, daughter and Raz the Wonderdog.Read Michelle’s profile and publications.
James Lee -
Manager, AELA Programs and Operations
James Lee has a background in art, music (BMus) and film studies (GradDip Film & TV) and holds a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). James has a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches to addressing ecological challenges and exploring the role that cultural practices can play in informing and supporting Earth-centred governance.James manages a range of AELA programs, including ecological governance/GreenPrints, AELA Education and selected Earth Arts projects. James also oversees AELA’s operational systems, including membership, event coordination, communications, and website development across several AELA programs.
Ruth Luckins -
Greenprints Program and Volunteer Manager
Ruth has a Bachelor of Music and a Post Graduate Certificate in Global Challenges, both from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), and a background including eight years of work in the performing arts as a lighting technician, Stage and Production manager for shows and festivals in the UK and Australia.Ruth joined AELA in mid 2019 and works on research, writing and project co-ordination for the Greenprints team, including working closely with our first group of community champions in the Sunshine Coast.Ruth has a strong interest in how the vast range of proposed theoretical solutions to the climate and ecological crises can be interpreted into real, practical solutions for communities through the Greenprints approach, which focuses on integrating ecological, governance, economic and law practices into one solution based around an earth-centred ideology. Ruth also works with the National Convenor to coordinate the AELA Volunteer Program.Ruth grew up in the UK and moved to Brisbane in 2018, where she currently lives with her partner.