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Jan McDonald

Professor - Associate Dean - Research

Room 2.12, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Jan.McDonald@utas.edu.au

Some of the impacts of climate change are inevitable and we are going to have to adapt. In Australia, 80% of the population lives within 50km of the coast. Sea levels will rise. There will be increased erosion. We will have greater need to manage bushfire risk and larger demands on emergency services. How we respond to these changes is important for the future of communities, economies and the natural world.

Exploring a legal framework for climate change resilience

Professor of environmental law, Jan McDonald, is exploring the role that law can play in helping us to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

'There is an incredible amount of policy effort focused on reducing the impacts of climate change by reducing emissions, and this is vital. There is also a real need to prepare for the impacts that now seem inevitable, and there is currently less focus here,' said Professor McDonald.

'Adaptation to climate change will demand a multifaceted approach including technological solutions, economic incentives, community education, and legal interventions. The law will be an important tool for promoting resilience to change, but designing it appropriately requires care.'

Professor McDonald has pioneered the field of climate adaptation law in Australia.

'The Law is steady and certain. It evolves slowly, and typically can't respond well to radical change. The impacts of climate change will require some laws to effect transformation.'

'I am pleased to have raised the profile of this area. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work. We will need to create a legal framework to cope with climate change, not wait for the law to adapt. If we wait, it will be too late.'

Professor McDonald says the law will become more important as the competing adaptation priorities between ecosystems and communities become apparent.

'One of the key benefits of progress in this field will be the protection of coastal assets and biodiversity, which has great economic, spiritual, intrinsic and cultural value,' said Professor McDonald.

'As humans respond to the impacts of climate change, we have to ensure that we do not displace other species who are themselves adapting to environmental change. For example, the increased use of firebreaks to protect development in fire-prone areas will reduce important habitat for animals.

'We also need to protect the areas that animals are going to need to migrate to when coastal erosion happens. We can identify the areas that are going to be important future habitat now, and the law should ensure that it is protected.'

Another benefit is reducing businesses' exposure to future liability.

'Businesses cannot afford to ignore the potential impacts of climate change. The most expensive developments are often built on the coast. While increased regulation now might seem like a hand brake, in 100 years, the owners of developments in affected areas may think differently in hindsight.'

By establishing where the law fits into the range of interventions required today, Professor McDonald's research may help prepare us for the impacts of climate change tomorrow.

Jan McDonald is New Star Professor of Environmental Law. Her current research spans the legal and policy dimensions of climate change adaptation, including urban planning and coastal management, liability and insurance issues, and the application of resilience thinking to law. Professor McDonald is President of the National Environmental Law Association and was a Contributing Author to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report. She has consulted to local, state and national governments on environmental and climate change adaptation issues, and has taught, researched and published widely across a range of environmental law issues. Professor McDonald has won over $3million in research funding, including three competitive grants relating to climate change adaptation since 2011.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDInternational Trade and Forest Protection: A Legal and Policy Framework for Sustainable Trade in Forest ProductBond UniversityAustralia2001
LLMEnvironment and Natural Resources Law (summa cum laude)Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark CollegeUnited States1992
LLB University of QueenslandAustralia1990
BA Law/JournalismUniversity of QueenslandAustralia1987

Biography

Jan McDonald is the New Star Professor of Environmental Law in the Faculty of Law. She has consulted to local, state and national governments on environmental and climate change adaptation issues. In 2004-2005, Jan served as Environment Program Manager for the United Nations Development Program's Pacific office, in Solomon Islands and has served as a consultant to the Government of Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, as well as several environmental non-government organisations.

Since her arrival in Tasmania and the Faculty of Law in 2011, Jan has won three competitive grants relating to climate change adaptation and was appointed to the Tasmanian Climate Action Council in 2012. Her current research spans the legal and policy dimensions of climate change adaptation, including urban planning and coastal management, liability and insurance issues, the application of resilience thinking to law.

Jan McDonald has taught, researched and published widely across a range of environmental law issues. Before coming to Tasmania, she was Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program and Professor of Environmental Law and Policy in the Griffith School of Environment. In 2007, she led Griffith University's successful bid to host the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and served as NCCARF Establishment Director in 2007-2008. She also led Griffith University's role the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ-CARI) - a partnership between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast and University of Queensland.

Jan is President of the National Environmental Law Association and has served as a member of the Tasmanian Climate Action Council. She was a Contributing Author to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report.

Research Themes

As a specialist in environmental law and a member of the Centre for Marine Socio-Ecology, Jan's research aligns with both the Environment, Resources and Sustainability and the Marine, Maritime and Antarctic University of Tasmania research themes.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • President of the National Environmental Law Association (2014-present)
  • Member of the editorial board of the international, peer-reviewed journal, Climate Law (2013 – present)
  • Member of the editorial board of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal (2008- present)
  • Member of the Tasmanian Climate Action Council, a body established in the Climate Change (State Action) Act 1998 (Tas), from 2012 until its abolition in 2014
  • Member of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law, convened by the Places You Love Alliance
  • Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Committee associations

  • Environmental Law Commission of the IUCN 
  • National Environmental Law Association
  • Climate Tasmania

Other

  • Centre for Marine Socio-Ecology

Teaching

Environmental Law, Climate Law, International Trade, Environment

Teaching expertise

  • Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Current Issues in Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Trade, Globalisation and Environmental Law

Teaching responsibility

Research Appointments

  • 2013-present University of Tasmania
    Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Law
  • 2007-2009 National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University
    Research Manager & Deputy Director (October 2008-May 2009)
    Interim Director (November 2007-October 2008) 
  • 2006-2010 Griffith University
    Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, June 2007-2010
    Deputy Dean (Research), Griffith Law School 2006-2007
    Deputy Director, Socio-Legal Research Centre, July 2006-December 2007
    Acting Director, Socio-Legal Research Centre, July-December 2006

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Expertise

Jan has researched and published widely on a range of environmental law issues. In recent years, her research has spanned the legal and policy dimensions of climate change adaptation, including urban planning and coastal management, liability and insurance issues.  Jan has consulted to local, state and national governments on environmental and climate change adaptation issues and has worked closely with Clarence Council to identify the legal issues arising from various adaptation options. 

Since arriving at the University of Tasmania is 2011, Jan has completed projects supported by three competitive grants relating to climate change adaptation, relating to spatial planning instruments, coastal adaptation and the status of adaptation research. New projects explore and test the application of resilience thinking to the legal challenges posed by the Anthropocene.

Awards

  • 2006 Lewis & Clark Law School Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate Award

Current projects

  • 2012  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Australia Grants Program, Supporting evidence-based adaptation decision-making in Tasmania - The state of adaptation research, McDonald J, Hobday A, Lyth A, Meinke H, Wilson L, $70000.
  • 2011  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Australia Grants Program, The Legal, Institutional, and Cultural Barriers to Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise in Australia, Barnet J, Coates B, Lazarow N, McDonald J, Wood K, $292000.
  • 2011  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Australia Grants Program, Limp, leap or learn: Developing legal frameworks for climate change adaptation planning in Australia, McDonald J, Bonyhady T, England P, Macintosh A, $217000.
  • 2011  Government of Tasmania Climate Connect Program, Climate Change Health Impact and Risk Assessment Tool: A pilot implementation project, Bell E, Blashki G, McDonald J, Turner P, Woodruff R, Pillor S, & Seidel B, $31 892.
  • 2009  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Synthesis and Integrative Research Programme, Historical Case studies – Storm tides, Tomlinson R, Callahan G, McDonald J, Yorke Y, Magendanz D, Sultmann S, Goodwin I, Thomalla F, $84 000
  • 2008  Cluster Project Leader - CSIRO Collaboration Fund Cluster (with UQ & University of Sunshine Coastal), Regional Adaptation to Climate Change – A Case Study in Southeast Queensland (total value $3million, amount to Griffith $1.6million)
  • 2007  Commonwealth of Australia, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility – led Griffith consortium bid for right to host($50 million, $20 million to Griffith University)

Fields of Research

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)

Research Objectives

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)

Publications

Regional Environmental Change journal coverAdaptation to Climate Change: Law and Policy book cover

Total publications

54

Journal Article

(28 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Bonebrake TC, Brown CJ, Bell JD, Blanchard JL, Chauvenet A, et al., 'Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science', Biological Reviews pp. 1-22. ISSN 1464-7931 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/brv.12344 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Blanchard JL; Champion C; Clark TD; Frusher S; Hobday AJ; Lee E; McCormack PC; Twiname S; Villanueva C; Wapstra E; Pecl GT

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2017Cvitanovic C, Hobday AJ, McDonald J, Van Putten EI, Nash KL, 'Governing fisheries through the critical decade: the role and utility of polycentric systems', Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries pp. 1-18. ISSN 0960-3166 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11160-017-9495-9 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cvitanovic C; Hobday AJ; Van Putten EI; Nash KL

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2017Pecl GT, Araujo MB, Bell JD, Blanchard J, Bonebreak TC, et al., 'Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: impacts on ecosystems and human well-being', Science, 355, (6332) Article eaai9214. ISSN 0036-8075 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1126/science.aai9214 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Pecl GT; Blanchard J; Clark TD; Frusher S; Jennings S; McCormack PC; Villanueva C; Wapstra E

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2016Foerster A, McDonald J, 'Thresholds, scale and strategy for biodiversity offsets in Australia: where to draw the line?', Environmental Law and Management, 28, (1) pp. 13-30. ISSN 1067-6058 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Foerster A

2016McDonald J, McCormack PC, Foerster A, 'Promoting resilience to climate change in Australian conservation law: the case of biodiversity offsets', University of New South Wales Law Journal, 39, (4) pp. 1612-1651. ISSN 0313-0096 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: McCormack PC; Foerster A

2016Lyth A, Harwood A, Hobday AJ, McDonald J, 'Place influences in framing and understanding climate change adaptation challenges', Local Environment, 21, (6) pp. 730-751. ISSN 1354-9839 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2015.1015974 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Lyth A; Harwood A

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2016McDonald J, McCormack PC, Fleming AJ, Harris RMB, Lockwood M, 'Rethinking legal objectives for climate-adaptive conservation', Ecology and Society, 21, (2) Article 25. ISSN 1708-3087 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5751/ES-08460-210225 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: McCormack PC; Fleming AJ; Harris RMB; Lockwood M

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2016Cvitanovic C, McDonald J, Hobday AJ, 'From science to action: principles for undertaking environmental research that enables knowledge exchange and evidence-based decision-making', Journal of Environmental Management, 183, (Part 3) pp. 864-874. ISSN 0301-4797 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.09.038 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Cvitanovic C; Hobday AJ

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2016Hardy A, McDonald J, Guijt R, Leane E, Martin A, et al., 'Academic parenting: work-family conflict and strategies across child age, disciplines and career level', Studies in Higher Education pp. 1-19. ISSN 0307-5079 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2016.1185777 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hardy A; Guijt R; Leane E; Martin A; James A; Jones M; Corban M; Green B

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2015Foerster AC, Macintosh A, McDonald J, 'Trade-Offs in Adaptation Planning: Protecting Public Interest Environmental Values', Journal of Environmental Law, 27, (3) pp. 459-487. ISSN 0952-8873 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jel/eqv017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Foerster AC

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2015McDonald J, 'Editorial', University of Tasmania Law Review, 34, (1) pp. 1-3. ISSN 0082-2108 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2015McDonald J, 'Editor 'Special Edition'', 34, (1) ISSN 0082-2108 (2015) [Edited Journal]

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2015McIntosh A, Foerster AC, McDonald J, 'Policy design, spatial planning and climate change adaptation: a case study from Australia', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58, (8) pp. 1432-1453. ISSN 0964-0568 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2014.930706 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Foerster AC

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2015Brent K, McGee J, McDonald J, 'The Governance of Geoengineering: An Emerging Challenge for International and Domestic Legal Systems?', Journal of Law, Information and Science, 24, (1) pp. EAP 1-33. ISSN 0729-1485 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Brent K; McGee J

2014Hobday A, McDonald J, 'Environmental Issues in Australia', Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 39 pp. 1-28. ISSN 1543-5938 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-012113-111451 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

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2014Hobday AJ, Maxwell SM, Forgie J, McDonald J, Darby M, et al., 'Dynamic ocean management: integrating scientific and technological capacity with law, policy and management', Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 33, (2) pp. 125-165. ISSN 0892-7138 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014McAllister RRJ, Smith TF, Lovelock CE, Choy DL, Ash AJ, et al., 'Adapting to climate change in South East Queensland, Australia', Regional Environmental Change: Natural and Social Aspects, 14, (2) pp. 429-433. ISSN 1436-3798 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0505-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2014McCormack P, McDonald J, 'Adaptation strategies for biodiversity conservation: Has Australian law got what it takes?', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 31 pp. 114-136. ISSN 0813-300X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: McCormack P

2014McDonald J, 'A Short History of Climate Adaptation Law in Australia', Climate Law, 4, (1-2) pp. 150-167. ISSN 1878-6553 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/18786561-00402013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2014McDonald J, Styles M, 'Legal Strategies for Adaptive Management under Climate Change', Journal of Environmental Law, 26, (1) pp. 25-53. ISSN 1464-374X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jel/equ003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Styles M

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2013Foerster AC, Macintosh A, McDonald J, 'Transferable lessons for climate change adaptation planning? Managing bushfire and coastal climate hazards in Australia', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 30, (6) pp. 469-490. ISSN 0813-300X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 4

Co-authors: Foerster AC

2013Haward M, Jabour JA, McDonald J, 'Small fish in a big pond: lessons from the Abel Tasman controversy', Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 5, (1) pp. 22-27. ISSN 1836-6503 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Haward M; Jabour JA

2013Tracey S, Buxton CD, Gardner C, Green BS, Hartmann K, et al., 'Super Trawler Scuppered in Australian Fisheries Management Reform', Fisheries, 38, (8) pp. 345-350. ISSN 0363-2415 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03632415.2013.813486 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Tracey S; Buxton CD; Gardner C; Green BS; Hartmann K; Haward M; Jabour JA; Lyle JM

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2012Verschuuren J, McDonald J, 'Towards a legal framework for coastal adaptation: assessing the first steps in Europe and Australia', Transnational Environmental Law, 1, (2) pp. 355-379. ISSN 2047-1025 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S204710251200009X [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

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2011McDonald J, 'The role of law in climate change adaptation', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (Online), 2, (2) pp. 283-295. ISSN 1757-7799 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.96 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 31

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2007McDonald J, 'A Risky Climate for Decision-Making: The Liability of Development Authorities for Climate Change Impacts', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 24, (6) pp. 405-417. ISSN 0813-300X (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 18

2007McDonald J, 'Politics, Process and Principle: mutual supportiveness or irreconcilable differences in the trade-environment linkage', University of New South Wales Law Journal, The, 30, (2) pp. 524-547. ISSN 0313-0096 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2006McDonald J, 'Provincial Strengthening and Environmental Governance in Solomon Islands', Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 9, (4) pp. 1-40. ISSN 1385-2140 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Macintosh A, Foerster AC, McDonald J, 'Limp, Leap or Learn? Developing legal frameworks for climate change adaptation planning in Australia', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, pp. 267. ISBN 978-1-925039-12-2 (2013) [Authored Research Book]

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Co-authors: Foerster AC

2013McDonald J, Harkin J, Harwood A, Hobday A, Lyth A, et al., 'Supporting evidence-based adaptation decision-making in Tasmania: a synthesis of climate change adaptation research', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, pp. 173. ISBN 978-1-925039-81-8 (2013) [Authored Research Book]

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Co-authors: Harwood A; Lyth A; Meinke HB

2010Bonyhady T, Macintosh A, McDonald J, 'Adaptation to Climate Change: Law and Policy', Federation Press, Sydney, pp. 287. ISBN 1862877963 (2010) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Brent K, McGee J, McDonald Jan, 'Negative Emissions and Geoengineering Technologies: An Emerging Challenge for International and Domestic Legal Systems', O Estado Regulador no Cenario Ambiental, Instituto Planeta Verde, AA de Carli, E Aydos, and PCS Avzaradel (ed), Sao Paulo, pp. 406-466. ISBN 978-85-63522-42-9 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Brent K; McGee J

2016McDonald J, Foerster A, 'Protecting coastal wetlands in a changing climate: reinvigorating integrated coastal zone governance', Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance, Routledge, J Gray, C Holley and R Rayfuse (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 240-259. ISBN 9781138928275 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Foerster A

2015McDonald J, 'The Ebb and Flow of Coastal Adaptation in Australia', Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law, Oxford University Press, Abate, RS (ed), United States, pp. 627-646. ISBN 9780199368747 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015McIntosh A, McDonald Jan, Forrester A, 'Designing spatial adaptation planning instruments', Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation, Wiley-Blackwell, Palutikof JP, Boulter SL, Barnett J and Rissik, D (ed), Australia, pp. 34-42. ISBN 978-1-118-84501-1 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1002/9781118845028.ch5 [eCite] [Details]

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2014McDonald J, 'Hot in the city: planning for climate change impacts in urban Australia', Four Degrees of Global Warming: Australia in a Hot World, Routledge, P Christoff (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 172-189. ISBN 978-0-415-82458-3 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013McDonald J, 'Creating legislative frameworks for adaptation', Climate Adaptation Futures, Wiley-Blackwell, J Palutikof, SL Boulter, AJ Ash, MS Smith, M Parry, M Waschka and D Guitart (ed), Chichester, UK, pp. 126-132. ISBN 978-0-470-67496-3 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010McDonald J, 'Mapping the Legal Landscape of Climate Change Adaptation', Adaptation to Climate Change, Federation Press, Bonyhady, Macintosh & McDonald (ed), Sydney, pp. 1-37. ISBN 1862877963 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010McDonald J, 'Paying the Price of Climate Change Adaptation: compensation for climate change impacts', Adaptation to Climate Change, Federation Press, Bonyhady, Macintosh & McDonald (ed), Sydney, pp. 234-264. ISBN 1862877963 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007McDonald J, 'The Adaptation Imperative: Managing the Legal Risks of Climate Change Impacts', Climate Law in Australia, Federation Press, Bonyhady & Christoff (ed), Sydney, pp. 124-142. ISBN 9781862876736 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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2006McDonald J, 'Tr(e)ading Cautiously: precaution in WTO decision-making', Implementing the Precautionary Principle: Perspectives and Prospects, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Fisher, Jones & von Schomberg (ed), Cheltenham, pp. 160-181. ISBN 1845427025 (2006) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016McDonald J, Gogarty B, 'Marine Geoengineering in Australian Law', Symposium on Marine Geoengineering, 25 November, Hobart, pp. 4. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Gogarty B

Other Public Output

(12 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Pecl GT, Verges A, Popova E, McDonald J, 'Climate-driven species on the move are changing (almost) everything', The Conversation, Conversation Media Group, Melbourne, Australia (2017) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Pecl GT

2017Pecl GT, Verges A, Popova E, McDonald J, 'Climate-driven species on the move are changing (almost) everything', Phys Org, Science X network, Douglas, Isle Of Man, United Kingdom (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Pecl GT

2017Pecl GT, Verges A, Popova E, McDonald J, 'Climate change is causing a major redistribution of life on Earth', World Economic Forum, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland (2017) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Pecl GT

2016Hobday A, Ling S, Holbrook N, Caputi N, McDonald Madden E, et al., 'National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan: Marine Biodiversity - Consultation Draft for review', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Australia, pp. 1-70. (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Hobday A; Ling S; Holbrook N

2016P C McCormack, McDonald J, 'We can't save all wildlife, so conservation laws need to change', The Conversation, Conversation Media Trust, Australia, 4 July (2016) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: P C McCormack

2015McDonald J, Gogarty B, McGee J, 'Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Standing) Bill 2015 Submission 60', Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications, Australia (2015) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Gogarty B; McGee J

2014McMichael T, Handmer J, Higgins J, King D, McDonald J, et al., 'Human Health and Climate Change', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Australia (2014) [Report Other]

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2013Macintosh A, Foerster AC, McDonald J, 'Limp, leap or learn? Developing legal frameworks for climate change adaptation planning in Australia - Summary for policy makers' (2013) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Foerster AC

2013McDonald J, 'Tasmania's Tarkine needs a strategic plan', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group, Melbourne, Online, 12 August 2013 (2013) [Newspaper Article]

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2010Mapstone B, Appleford P, Broderick K, Connolly R, Higgins J, et al., 'National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan for Marine Biodiversity and Resources', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast (2010) [Report Other]

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2010Thom B, Cane J, Cox R, Farrell C, Hayes P, et al., 'Climate change and Settlements and Infrastructure', National Adaptation Research Plan, The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Australia (2010) [Report Other]

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2009Pearce T, Handmer J, Higgins J, King D, McDonald J, et al., 'Climate Change and Emergency Management', National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Australia (2009) [Report Other]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

10

Total funding

$958,739

Projects

Peer Prize for Women 2017, Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being (2017)$20,000
Description
This is funding awarded as a prize, The Thinkable Peer Prize for Women 2017, and given to UTAS as a donation. It will be spent on research related to the prize nomination topic interdisciplinary investigations of climate-driven species redistribution.
Funding
Donation via University of Tasmania Foundation ($20,000)
Scheme
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Pecl GT; Blanchard JL; McDonald J; McCormack P; Jennings SM; Villanueva MC
Year
2017
Research Enhancement Program (REP) 2017 (2017)$11,250
Funding
University of Tasmania ($11,250)
Scheme
Grant- Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McDonald J
Year
2017
Regulating Plan B: Developing Legal Frameworks for Multiscale Governance of Geoengineering (2017)$7,793
Description
This project scopes research designs for investigating what integrated, multiscale legal and/or governance regime for geoengineering technologies are required for Australia and how this governance regime will interact with transnational and international governance of geoengineering.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,793)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McGee JS; McDonald J; Gogarty B; Brent KA
Year
2017
Hosting the Asia-Pacific Workshop on International Law, Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts (2017)$4,500
Description
A workshop will bring together scholars from the Asia Pacific and aims to provide wide-ranging analysis of the legal responses to impacts of climate change on Oceans and Coasts; including ocean acidification, marine geoengineering, human displacement, IMO ship emission measures, RFMO management of species distribution and sea level rise.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,500)
Scheme
Grant-MAM Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McGee JS; McDonald J
Year
2017
Social Capital and the Ningaloo Research Program (2016 - 2017)$14,881
Description
The overarching objective of this study is to evaluate the extent to which science undertaken in the Ningaloo region has built social capital among local community, and to understand how this has influenced the behaviours of the local community.
Funding
Western Australian Marine Science Institution ($14,881)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cvitanovic C; McDonald J; Hobday A; Van Putten IE
Period
2016 - 2017
Review of knowledge uptake from the Ningaloo Research Program: how has the science informed marine conservation management? (2015 - 2016)$34,661
Description
The overarching objective of this project is to assess the extent to which new and evolving knowledge generated through the Ningaloo Research Program (NRP) has been integrated into decision-making processes, opportunities for immediate uptake, and identify options to improve its uptake in the future, including the identification of decision-support tools.
Funding
Western Australian Marine Science Institution ($34,661)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McDonald J; Hobday A; Cvitanovic C
Period
2015 - 2016
Bay Blueprint (2014)$2,870
Description
This project will identify the barriers, enablers and context for the plan for Port Phillip Bay regional coastal adaptation framework.
Funding
Municipal Association of Victoria ($2,870)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McDonald J
Year
2014
Supporting evidence-based adaptation decision-making in Tasmania - the state of adaptation research (2012)$70,000
Funding
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ($70,000)
Scheme
Grant-NCCARF Synthesis and Integrative Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McDonald J; Meinke HB; Lyth A; Hobday A; Wilson Louise
Year
2012
Limp, Leap or Learn: Developing a Legal Framework for Adaptation Planning in Australia (2011 - 2013)$292,784
Funding
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ($292,784)
Scheme
Grant-NCCARF Settlements & Infrastructure
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McDonald J
Period
2011 - 2013
Rising to the Challenge-Developing Flexible Coastal Adaptation Pathways for Local Communities (2011)$500,000
Funding
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ($500,000)
Scheme
Grant-Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Project
Administered By
Local Government Association of Tasmania
Research Team
Prior S; Haward MG; Leith PB; McDonald J; Hunter JR
Year
2011

Research Supervision

Jan welcomes postgraduate students in the broad fields of environmental and climate change law and policy.

Current

5

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDTowards sustainable fisheries regulation in Columbia: lessons from Chile and Australia2013
PhDHow Adaptable are Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Regimes, Particularly in the Context of the Projected Impacts of Climate Change on Threatened Species and Ecosystems2013
PhDAdvancing Adaptive Law in the Design and Development of Legal Institutions and Legal Systems in the 21st Century2015
PhDThe Role of International Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (IENGOs) in International and Transnational Ocean Conservation and Fisheries Management: Three case studies2016
PhDCo-evolution and Re-alignment: Exploring autopoiesis and adaptive multiplexity in ocean and climate governance regimes2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDThe Role of the No-Harm Rule in Governing Solar Radiation Management Geoengineering
Candidate: Kerryn Anne Brent
2017
MastersThe Sentencing of Environmental Offences Involving Non-Human Environmental Entities in the NSW Land and Environment Court
Candidate: Robert Douglas White
2017