Dr Daria Shapovalova

Dr Daria Shapovalova
Dr Daria Shapovalova
Dr Daria Shapovalova

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272430
Office Address

Room D48, School of Law, Taylor Building, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UB

School of Law


Daria joined the School of Law in 2017 and is a senior lecturer in energy law. She is the director of the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law and coordinator of the University's Just Transitions Lab. Daria coordinates the Energy LLM theme and leads courses on energy and environmental law. Daria's main research interests are in energy, environmental law and human rights. Her current research is on the climate change and energy law with a focus on just transition. Daria has published extensively on Arctic governance, regulation of petroleum production, and climate change law. Daria holds an LLB (National Law Academy of Ukraine, 2012) and an LLM in Public International Law (University of Groningen, 2013),  and a PhD in Law (University of Aberdeen, 2017). She gained professional experience in energy consultancy and legal practice. Daria is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association, World Commission of Environmental Law, and International Law Association. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Co-Director Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law

Coordinator Just Transition Lab

Athena SWAN member of the self-assessment team

Deputy Director for Marketing and Student Recruitment

Energy theme LLM coordinator

External Memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External Examiner - Strathclyde University, University of Stirling

Member of the International Law Association, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, UK Environmental Law Association

Member of the Advisory Board of the Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine

Latest Publications

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Research Overview

Daria’s main research interests are in how the regulation of the energy sector can help protect the environment and human rights. She has published extensively on the environmental and human rights impacts of oil and gas production, including studies on the Arctic region and on indigenous rights in Guyana. Daria is currently working on projects on Just Transition and on a manuscript on fossil fuels phase-out in light of climate and energy law.


Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Funding and Grants


1) principal investigator, Uplift (£100, 000) ‘A Just Transition for Workers and Communities in the North East of Scotland’

2) co-investigator, Pump Prime Fund University of Aberdeen (£9, 500) ‘Transitions in an Energy City: The Role of Civil Society in Securing a Just Transition in Aberdeen’

3) co-investigator, Scottish Universities Insights Institute (£13, 500) ‘(Un)earthing New Pathways for a Justice Transition: Cultivating Hope and Food on Contested Terrains in Scotland, Amazon and the Arctic’

4) co-investigator, Scottish Government Just Transition Fund (£92, 259), Advancing Community Climate Deliberative Participatory Democracy within the North East Scotland



1) principal investigator, Scottish Government (£7,070) ‘Just Energy Transition in Scotland and the Arctic: Managing Environmental and Social Impacts of Low-Carbon Energy Projects’ 

2) team member - AHRC Network Grant Science Based Regulation of Arctic Installations (https://www.scibarinstallations.org.uk/)



Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

Daria supervises research students in international, environmental, energy, and climate law.

Currently she supervises PhD students:

Alina Holzhausen, Human Rights-Based Climate Change Litigation (first supervisor)

Liliyana Kalinova, On the Provision of Environmental Law for Mars (second supervisor)


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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals

Contributions to Specialist Publications

Non-textual Forms

Other Contributions