Research Projects


Project: Pricing Carbon to Reduce Emissions in the Land Sector: A Case Analysis of Initiatives in Brazil and Australia

This project compares carbon offset schemes that promote emissions abatement in the land sector in Brazil, such as the public-private verbal (good-faith) agreements system under the ‘Estrada com Araucarias’ project in Parana, with the Carbon Farming Initiative in Australia. The research focuses on a number of regulatory aspects, including the pros and cons of the different institutional frameworks and the implementation and accountability systems in place. It also assesses the simplicity of the schemes and indicators of the medium to long-term stability of the projects.

Project: The Political Economy of Carbon Pricing in Australia

The aim of the research is to identify the political chances and obstacles of establishing a national carbon market in Australia after the Paris Agreement. Building on sustainability economics concepts, the investigators are analysing the experiences with carbon pricing in Australia. Public Choice theory is applied to predict the political feasibility of an ambitious domestic carbon. Finally, a qualitative case study design with data triangulation (literature survey, policy document analysis, semi-structured expert and political stakeholder interviews) will be applied to study the political feasibility of an Australian carbon market.


Project: The Return on Investment of Effective Complaints Handling

This project is funded by SOCAP Australia and industry groups and is focussed on exploring literature relating to complaints handling, examining industry data sets and creating algorithms that show how investment in complaints handling systems and processes can reap benefits.

Project: Exploring pre-action protocols in relation to medical negligence and construction disputes

This project is funded by the SA Law Foundation and explores the impact of pre action requirements in terms of cost, delay and outcome in relation to two categories of dispute. Working with the University of Adelaide, the project involves and exploration of quantitative measures and qualitative data.

Project: Innovations in Judging

This project which is supported by a CRN and IRC set up by the Law and Society Association brings together international scholars, judges and researchers focussed in judicial innovation and restorative justice. A multi-disciplinary approach is adopted and the project includes the development of survey and other instruments that can be used to explore how judges perceive the way that they work and how procedural justice indicators are explored.

Project: Improving Workers Compensation Arrangements in NSW

Legislative and regulatory reform in the workers compensation area has been extensive over the past decade. This project brings together stakeholders to explore the impact of selected change areas and also explores the use of dispute resolution processes such as conciliation in this area.


Project: Newcastle as a Restorative City

This project brings together stakeholders to explore and plan a restorative justice city for Newcastle. Funded by a mix of funders, the project has examined restorative justice literature, restorative city concepts and projects that have improved justice objectives.


Action of Elder Abuse: A pilot project to improve screening and intervention through health-legal collaboration.

This research pilot project is funded by the Ageing, Carers and The Disabililty Council of NSW, Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Government ($30,000) and matched funds from the Faculty of Business and Law as part of the Priority Research Initiative (capped at maximum $20,000). The project will bring together health and legal service providers in the Newcastle and Hunter regions of NSW to design and pilot test an intervention to support elder abuse screening for community-dwelling older adults and the use of referral pathways for timely and effective action to address suspected situations of abuse. Feedback from the pilot will inform the development of a specific screening tool or process, which will also be designed to identify older adults at risk of abuse so that preventative measures can also be considered as part of an overall action strategy in relation to appropriate referral pathways and support mechanisms.


Project: Intangible cultural heritage across borders: laws, structures and strategies in China and its Association of Southeast Asian Nations neighbours

This ARC Discovery project (with W. Logan (Deakin), C. Warren (Murdoch) and J. Chen (La Trobe)) explores the way selected Asian countries have implemented international concepts regarding intangible cultural heritage and how cross-border conflicts about heritage have resulted from different interpretations of related 'rights'. This project develops proposals for international reconciliation and cooperation in heritage protection.

Project: Building an intellectual property system: The Indonesian experience

This ARC Discovery project aims to provide an independent assessment of the development of the Indonesian intellectual property system over the past 30 years. Economic theory suggests pathways to innovation and ‘tipping points’ in intellectual property (IP) development. This project plans to explore the introduction and operation of IP in Indonesia as a typical example for middle-income developing countries. It plans to analyse hundreds of court decisions that have recently become available, as well as the implementing laws and institutions supporting IP. It aims to show the bargaining processes about the future of the system between the government and foreign investors as well as citizens and between different institutions, thereby providing valuable information to Australian businesses and the government.

Project: Food security and the governance of local knowledge in India and Indonesia

This ARC Discovery project (with M. Blakeney, K. Siddique, G. Acciaioli (UWA), J. Plahe (Monash), Y. Winarto (University of Indonesia) and P. Cullet (SOAS, London) aims to discover how local farming communities’ practical knowledge can improve food security. 795 million undernourished people rely on small farmers for food. To protect these farmers from multinational agribusiness and climate change, this project will examine how small farmers turn useful plant material into cultivated crops through plant selection and breeding under conditions of climate change; identify how regulatory structures in India and Indonesia help or hinder this process; and identify opportunities to apply local knowledge and its regulatory framework in Australia. Better understanding local conditions should benefit regulators, NGOs, businesses and aid agencies.