Law PhD Candidate Profiles

Vivek V. Nemane

Research Topic: Legal and institutional impediments to control of pest animals in peri-urban areas (Part of a larger initiative by Invasive Animals CRC entitled ‘Facilitating Effective Community Action’).

Summary of Research:

Vivek’s research project is concerned with the implementation of biosecurity laws and policy for the control and management of invasive animals. He is investigating the potential for legal and institutional changes to facilitate the application and adoption of invasive animal control and management. The relevant issues involve the role of regulations for lethal control, animal welfare laws, legal liability of stakeholders, political and media intervention in facilitating invasive animal control and management. It is expected that his research will result in actionable proposals to advance the implementation of more effective controls of invasive animals in peri-urban areas.


Vivek has a multi-disciplinary background in law, public policy and international development. He holds an LL.M. degree from University of Arkansas School of Law, USA. He completed the European Commission’s program in international development (at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands) and in public policy (at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary). In addition, he has significant experience working with law offices, international organizations (including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization), universities and research institutions.

Gina Wood

Research Topic: A National Regulatory Framework Governing Big Data in Primary Production

Summary of Research

Gina is seeking to formulate a framework governing big data and related technologies in primary production. Currently, there is no national framework or code of practice concerning the definition, creation, collection, access, use, storage, governance, ownership, valuation, and ethics of unstructured and structured data generated by primary producers. The absence of a national framework or code of practice constitutes a significant gap in the precision agriculture infrastructure being developed to enhance farm-level decision-making, expedite productivity gains and reduce production costs. Her research examines how Australia’s primary producers regard and use big data and related technologies in their operations, and will model value accrual in the data chain associated with production in different primary sectors.


Gina holds a Bachelors of Arts (majoring in Japanese, Mathematics and Information Management), a Bachelor of Economics, and a Postgraduate Bachelors of Economics (Honours Class One) from the University of Queensland. She has worked for telecommunications companies and as a management consultant to numerous organisations including the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture & Land Reclamation and the Egyptian Ministry of Environment. She recently assisted Dr Bruce Littleboy of the University of Queensland with a significant revision of his undergraduate coursework textbook Macroeconomics: Principles and Practice.