Laura Harpham

Laura Harpham

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • Graduate Diploma in Law – University of Law 2014
  • BA (Hons) English and Philosophy – University of Birmingham 2010


I studied English and Philosophy at undergraduate level and worked with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in a number of roles after graduation before returning to university to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law and began my MJur studies around biodiversity and the Common Agricultural Policy. My interest in environmental law lies in its capacity to protect and restore valuable habitats and ecological resources across a much wider area than any single organisation can achieve. 

Doctoral research

PhD title
Do the legislative tools of the greening initiatives in the EU Common Agricultural Policy produce a measurable benefit to the natural environment of UK farmland?
Dr Aleksandra Cavoski and Professor Robert Lee
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


My research focuses on the impacts of the greening initiatives of the new European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), introduced as part of the 2013 CAP Reform, on the conservation and restoration of the natural environment. I am examining the policy-making procedure in relation to evidence around impacts on biodiversity, as well as the implementation of the EU policy by devolved UK administrations.

Other activities

  • Midlands Postgraduate Research Conference in Law: University of Birmingham, April 2016
  • UCL/KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium, February 2017