Climate change has only recently moved to the head of the political agenda in Australia, following a decade of inaction by the Howard federal government, and despite long held high levels of public support for urgent action. My research interest is in the fundamental challenge that climate change is to traditional policy making, and in the governance implications of adopting effective emission reduction pathways.
The introduction of new quarantine disciplines with the World Trade Organisation agreements has given rise to tensions within the Australian Federation over the relationship between state and national quarantine measures. This project will review critically these developments in order to better understand and improve the process of risk assessment which is increasingly important afterthe Salmaon case. It is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.
This project undertakes the first systematic empirical test of new war theory: the notion that processes of globalization are increasingly reshaping war. It utilizes a potent case study the war in Chechnya that represents an ongoing conflict with potential causes at the local, national, transnational and global levels of analysis.
This project aims to assess the effectiveness of relevant international and regional instruments and regimes, given domestic effect in Australia through national legislation and policy and identify gaps/strengths/weaknesses in these regimes. A key question is the relationship between the LOSC and the Antarctic Treaty System. The question of the relationship between these instruments and how this relationship affects other regimes that cover the Southern Ocean will be explored.
This project, on which Professor Theodore Lowi (Cornell University) is a Partner Investigator, was funded by the Australian Research Council through a Discovery Grant. It seeks to explain the way in which the globalisation of environmental issues and changes in the disposition of constitutional competences in the Australian Federation have affected the development trajectories of mining industry associations at the state, national and international levels.
In 1998, the Australian Government released Australias Oceans Policy (AOP), a world first policy framework for integrated ecosystem based management of Australias marine domain. Both Canadian and New Zealand governments have also developed their ocean policies and this project explores whether policy content has been transferred from the AOP process to their ocean initiatives.
The project aims to identify critical issues in implementation of fisheries management within regional marine plans under Australias Oceans Policy. It will provide tools and approaches for conflict resolution in the implementation process and provide an inventory of instruments for managers responsible for implementation of fisheries within a regional marine planning framework.
Organisations have expressed growing interest in market-based instruments for environmentally sustainable development, however, while states generally support their use, serious problems arise with specific schemes. Our study explores the underlying factors that shape government responses to certification schemes in the forestry and fisheries sectors, thereby providing practical policy advice to ensure state institutions support rather than sabotage environmentally sustainable development.
This project centres on the problems of IUU fishing in the high seas in the Southern Ocean and within exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of states, including the Australian EEZ off Heard and Macdonald Island and Macquarie Island. It addresses the efficacy of existing instruments, institutions and practice, including the science-policy interface, to combat this problem.
This unfunded project is examining the ways in which science is used and misused politically, especially in areas where there is considerable uncertainty and heavy use of models rather than observational data.
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