Researcher biography

Dr Kamalesh Adhikari is Research Fellow and Member of the ARC Laureate Project 'Harnessing Intellectual Property to Build Food Security' at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland. His current research focusses on ways to facilitate access to native plants and to expand benefit sharing options for the Australian Native Food Industry and Indigenous Peoples. He is also a research partner in the Research Council of Norway and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute's "Suitable Seeds Project" which focusses on developing measures to better manage national gene banks and community seed banks in countries such as Armenia, India, Nepal, Syria and Norway. Dr Adhikari is also undertaking a critical account of the concept of farmers' rights in intellectual property law. Dr Adhikari previously worked at the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and has undertaken collaborative work with a number of institutions including Consumers International and the Southeast Asian Council for Food Security and Fair Trade (Malaysia), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (Italy and Nepal), Fridtjof Nansen Institute and the Development Fund (Norway), International Development Research Centre and International Institute for Sustainable Development (Canada), Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan), Consumer Unity and Trust Society and Green Foundation (India), Oxfam Novib and Wageningen University (The Netherlands), United Nations Development Programme (Nepal and Sri Lanka), and Institute of Policy Studies and Law and Society Trust (Sri Lanka).