I am a Lecturer in Public Sector Management within the School of Business, UNSW Canberra, as part of the Public Service Research Group. I hold an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship which is examining the growth of private sector investment in biodiversity and natural capital.
My research aims to understand how governments, businesses and other actors can more effectively protect and manage our natural environment. To do this, I use theories and methods from the natural and social sciences to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental laws, policies and tools. I have a diverse background, including undergraduate degrees in mathematics and ecology, a PhD in public policy, and direct experience with policymaking. I sit on the editorial board of Conservation Letters.
Recent media and comment
- Can you really carbon offset a power station? Sure – but it’s unimpressive. The Guardian. February 2022.
- Australian government ‘aggravating extinction’ through land-clearing approvals, analysis finds. The Guardian. March 2022.
- Country, culture and nature-based solutions key to reducing emissions. UNSW Canberra. November 2021.
- Parks credits bill will underpin fossil fuel expansion, biodiversity expert warns. Footprint News. November 2021.
- Hopes and doubts for public sector transferring skills into post-COVID world. The Mandarin. November 2021.
- Millions of junk credits issued for Australian forests that already exist. Radio National Breakfast. November 2021.
- Carbon offsetting: does it actually work? The Age. November 2021
- Climate-contrary Nationals, strawman arguments and rewriting Australia’s Kyoto history. The Guardian. October 2021
- Compensation revelations. ABC News. September 2021
- Warragamba Dam’s EIS shows New South Wales government’s efforts to avoid compensation. ABC News. September 2021