I am an academic based at the University of Sydney, Australia.  As a human geographer and former lawyer I am interested in the human-environmental dynamics of regulatory frameworks.  My work is situated within the scholarship of legal geography.

Research in Legal Geography investigates the co-constitutive relationship between law, space & society.  In my work I unpack the relationship between law/s and its spatial setting; to explore the complexity of people-place-legal dynamics in shaping the world in which we live.

My research applies legal geography thinking to real world conundrums and I frame my research work around reiterating the importance of place. My aim is to link ideas from legal scholarship to the place-based work of (human and physical) geographers.

Areas of research interest include:

  • Human-environment-law interactions
  • Protected Areas management: especially focussing on World Heritage areas and Ramsar listed Wetlands
  • Environmental governance in Southeast Asia, especially Cambodia
  • Environmental Human Rights and Human Rights Based Approaches (including governance accountability mechanisms)
  • Legal Geography Methodologies

My institutional profile is available at http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/josephine.gillespie.php