Researcher

Professor Cameron Holley

My Expertise

Environmental law, natural resources law, water law, energy law, regulatory and governance theory, accountability, participatory democracy, adaptive management and collaborative governance

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Biography

Brief overview

Cameron is a Professor at UNSW Law, a member of the leadership teams of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre and the Global Water Institute, UNSW Sydney, as well as the Global Risk Governance Programme, University of Cape Town and The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. He was also a member of The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL).

Cameron publishes widely in the areas...view more

Brief overview

Cameron is a Professor at UNSW Law, a member of the leadership teams of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre and the Global Water Institute, UNSW Sydney, as well as the Global Risk Governance Programme, University of Cape Town and The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. He was also a member of The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL).

Cameron publishes widely in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, energy law and water law, with a focus on regulation and governance. Within these fields, he has examined issues of compliance and enforcement, environmental security, resilience, planning, accountability, democratic participation, adaptive management and collaborative governance. In addition to his various articles, book chapters, and policy submissions, Cameron's forthcoming book is entitled Intelligent Water Regulation: markets, compliance and technology (Earthscan, 2018). He is the author of The New Environmental Governance (with Neil Gunningham and Clifford Shearing, Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Reforming Water Law and Governance (Springer, 2018), Criminology and the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017) and Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance (Earthscan, 2016).

An empirical researcher, Cameron has worked closely with Australian and international government and non-government organisations on a range of environmental and natural resource management research projects. His current research agenda is centred on water law and energy governance, including unconventional gas, renewable energy, water planning, conventional regulation and monitoring of groundwater use. 

In 2014, Cameron was awarded the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Junior Scholarship Award for his contribution to environmental law scholarship.

He is an Editorial Board member on the Environmental and Planning Law Journal, and in 2016 was the guest editor of a Special Issue of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal (EPLJ Vol 33 Part 4), entitled Rethinking Water Law and Governance. He is a PLuS Alliance Fellow and was previously the Co-Director of Postgraduate Studies at UNSW Law and Deputy Convenor of the Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel B: Arts, Humanities and Law.

Areas of expertise

Environmental law, natural resources law, water law, energy governance, energy security, water security, regulatory and governance theory, accountability, participatory democracy, adaptive management and collaborative governance.

Memberships

Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law

Member, UNSW Connected Waters Initiaitve

PLuS Alliance

IAH Australia

National Environmental Law Association (NELA)

National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training

Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Editorial Board

Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel (HREA Panel) B (2014-2017)

Guest Editor, Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy (Issue 2, 2014)

Editor (with Dr Erika Techera), Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law (2011) 

Member, Climate Futures, Macquarie University (2011)

Member, Centre for Legal Governance, Macquarie University (2011)

Centre for International and Environmental Law representative to the Australian Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (2011)

Research supervision

Carley Bartlett (PhD, Groundwater and Science) 

Alice Bleby (PhD, Nature Rights and the Anthropocence) 

Caterina Guidi (PhD, Climate Change and Forestry) 

Rachel Ravagnani (PhD, Energy-Water-Food-Climate Nexus)

Christopher McElwain (PhD, Regulating Food Waste)

Mark Hamilton (PhD, Restorative Justive and Environmental and Planning Law)

Patrick Martin (PhD, REDD+ and Post Development)

Gabriela Cuadrado-Quesada (PhD, completed 2017)

Andrew Burke (PhD, completed 2016)

Ekaterina Sofronova (PhD, completed 2016)

Maureen Papas (PhD, completed 2015)

Riyanti Djalante (PhD, completed, 2013)

Grants

  1. 2019-2021, Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 'Non-urban water governance: rethinking compliance and enforcement', $338,000 (with Darren Sinclair, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo and Rhett Larson)
  2. 2017-2019, Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 'Integrated governance of water and coal seam gas', $291,914 (with Amanda Kennedy and Clifford Shearing)
  3. 2016, Embassy of France Scientific Mobilisation Program - 'Decentralised Groundwater Management: Comparative Lessons from France and Australia'
  4. 2014-2016, Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award  - 'Revitalising Collaborative Water Governance: Lessons from Water Planning in Australia', $356,291
  5. 2013-2016, Australian Research Council Linkage Grant - 'Compliance and enforcement in non-urban water extraction in NSW' - Partner Organisation, DPI Water, $236, 394 from ARC; $90,000 from DPI Water plus in-kind contributions (with Neil Gunningham; Partner Investigator, Susan Pucci)
  6. 2015 UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant (with Amelia Thorpe),
  7. 2013 UNSW Faculty Research Grant, Water Law and Regulation 
  8. 2013 UNSW Workshop Support Scheme, Transjurisdictional Water Governance (with J Gray and R Rayfuse)
  9. 2011 Macquarie University New Staff Grant
  10. 2011 Concentration of Research Excellence funding in Legal Governance, Macquarie University

Courses taught 

  • Environmental Law (LAWS3361)
  • Environmental Law (LAWS8068)
  • Natural Resources Law (LAWS8069)
  • Administrative Law (LAWS1160)
  • Legal Concepts, Research and Writing for Environmental Law (LAWS8167)
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Location

Room 336
The Law Building
University of New South Wales
UNSW Kensington Campus
Sydney NSW 2052
Australia
(Access via Gate 2 off High Street)

Contact

+61 2 9385 7476
+61 2 9385 1175