- Bronwen Morgan
Professor, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Associate Research Fellow
BA (Hons, USyd); LLB (Hons, USyd); PhD (UC Berkeley)
Welcome to my staff page. I joined UNSW Law School in October 2012, having taught at the University of Bristol, UK for seven years as Professor of Socio-legal Studies. Prior to Bristol, I taught at the University of Oxford in association with the Centre for Socio-legal Studies, and both St Hilda’s College and Wadham College. A very long time ago, I taught at the University of Sydney Law School.
My research has long focused on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts but more recently, I've become particularly interested in the interaction between regulation and rights, especially in the context of social activism and claims for social and economic human rights. These lines of interest can be seen in my two most recent projects: one on the rise of the regulatory state in the developing world, and another on access to urban water services in comparative perspective.
Currently I am working on two research projects: one on legal support structures for social activists and social enterprises responding to climate change in Australia and the UK, and a second project (with Navroz Dubash, funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada) on sub-national and local dimensions of climate change policy in developing countries, particularly India and South Africa.
Association of Socio-Legal Studies, UK
Law and Society Association, USA
Working Group on Law, Culture and Humanities, USA
International Federation of University Women
Current PhD students:
2013, Anna Huggins (full-time, co-supervised with Rosemary Rayfuse, Law). Thesis topic: Evaluating Systems for Implementation Review in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Implications for the Administration of Global Environmental Governance)
2013, Jarra Hicks, (full-time, co-supervised with Susan Thompson, Built Environment). Thesis topic: The Contribution of Community-owned Renewable Energy to Regional Development and Resilience in the Face of Climate Change)
2013, Lauren Butterly (part-time, co-supervised with Megan Davis and Sean Brejnan, Law. Thesis topic: Exploring the Way Forward for Indigenous Governance of Sea-Country in Australia)
International Development Research Centre of Canada, 2012, US$125,000 over 2 years, held as a co-PI with Centre for Policy Research , New Delhi for ‘Climate Change as a Challenge of Multilevel Governance’
Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, 2012, Aus$817,858 over 4 years, held as PI for ‘Between Social Enterprise and Social Movement: Responses to Environmental Change at the Intersection of Rights and Regulation’
International Development Research Centre of Canada, 2010, US$70,000 over 2 years, held as a co-PI with Centre for Policy Research , New Delhi for a workshop and edited journal/special issue publication on ‘The Regulatory State of the South’.
University of Bristol Faculty of Social Sciences Seed Fund, 2009, £5,000 jointly with colleagues from Geography and Policy Studies for ‘Climate Change Policy and Community-Led Initiatives: Legal Consciousness, Emotional Affect and Regulatory Frameworks’
Economic and Social Science Research Council of Britain, 2009, £2,000 for Public Engagement Event in ESRC Festival of Social Science, March 2009 (“What’s So Social About Social Enterprise?”)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2007, £50,000 over 3 years for a role in governance research on ‘Aquatest: A Low-Cost Water Test for Use in Developing Countries’
Economic and Social Science Research Council of Britain, 2007, £50,000 over 4 years for CASE PhD Studentship on ‘Ethical Consumerism as a Brokering Mechanism in Partnerships for Sustainable Development: Towards a Governance Framework’
National Science Foundation of USA, 2005 $83,088 over 3 years for 'The Intersection of Rights and Regulation: New Directions in Legal Scholarship' (joint with Law and Society Association, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and University of California at Santa Barbara, USA)
Economic and Social Science Research Council of Britain, 2002, £96,723.10 for ‘The Commodification of Water, Social Protest and Cosmopolitan Citizenship”, funded as part of the ESRC Research Programme in “Cultures of Consumption
UK Socio-Legal Studies Association Small Research Grants Competition, 2002, £1,000
Modern Law Review Seminar Competition, 2000, £4,500
British Academy Overseas Conference Award 2000, 2001