Professor Shirley Scott, Head of School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Shirley Scott

Professor Shirley Scott is the Head of School and a Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra at ADFA.

Prof Scott’s research and teaching focuses on international law as a dimension of global governance, demonstrating the complex interplay between power politics and international law. 

She has published (more than 100 times) on a range of subjects including: 

  • security and the use of force
  • climate change
  • Antarctica and maritime law
  • international law and Australian foreign policy
  • the nature of United States’ engagement with international law. 

Prof Scott is a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Society of International Law. She is currently undertaking a project joint with Professor Charlotte Ku on the scope for the UN Security Council to contribute to the governance of climate change adaptation.

Prof Scott has a strong interest in aspects of Higher Education learning and teaching and policy. She is co-Director of the Scientia Education Academy at UNSW and during her appointment as Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences she led educational initiatives at School, college and university levels.

In 2014, Prof Scott published an article proposing a student-centred definition of feedback, for which she received the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences prize for Best SOTL (Scholarship on Teaching and Learning) Publication.

She is a Fellow of HERDSA (The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia) and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.