Cultures of environmental management and regulation

Lesley Instone, Mick Hillman (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Biodiversity is a central pillar of sustainability and has emerged as a key issue in conflicts over development in high growth areas in NSW and elsewhere. In the post-political environmental management landscape, legislation has emerged as a principal means through which sustainable outcomes are negotiated. This research focuses on recent changes to biodiversity legislation in NSW to explore the ways in which legislation constructs nature and its materiality. It traces the regulatory practices of socio-legal processes and asks how these articulate with questions of environmental and ecological justice.



Hillman M and Instone L (2010) Legislating nature for biodiversity offsets in New South Wales, Australia, Social and Cultural Geography 11(5): 411-431.

Presentations Include

Instone L (2010) Encountering biodiversity as a 'matter of concern', Unruly ecologies: Biodiversity and art, A Symbiotic A Symposium, University of Western Australia, Perth, November.
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Hillman M and Instone L (2007) Which Bank? Legislating nature for biodiversity offsets in New South Wales, Contemporary Geography for Australia. Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Melbourne, VIC

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