- Bronwen Morgan
Professor, Australian Research Council Future 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 for six years in association with the Centre for Socio-legal Studies, and both St Hilda’s College (1999-2001) and Wadham College (2002-2005). A very long time ago, I taught at the University of Sydney Law School. I am currently Professor of Law and Director of Research at UNSW Law.
My research has long focused on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts but also extends to exploring the interaction between regulation and socio-economic rights, especially in the context of social activism. More recently, I have brought these lines of interest together in a focus on the 'new economy', especially its variations (often in tension with each other) of the sharing economy, solidarity economy, and commons-based economy.
Recent projects include one on access to urban water services in comparative perspective (funded by the UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council); two projects with Navroz Dubash of the Centre for Policy Studies in India, funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada (on the rise of the regulatory state in the developing world and on sub-national and local dimensions of climate change policy in developing countries, particularly India and South Africa); and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on legal and regulatory support structures for social activists and social enterprises responding to climate change in Australia and the UK.
My ongoing work is on new legal models for social enterprise and their implications for the legal profession, and two projects conducted as a PLuS Alliance Fellow: one on urban agriculture and the other on bottom-up participatory approaches to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Australia and New Zealand Law and Society Association
Association of Socio-Legal Studies, UK
Law and Society Association, USA
Current and recent PhD students:
2013-2016, 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 ongoing, 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 ongoing, 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)
2016 ongoing, Zsofia Korosy (entered UNSW 2016, co-supervised with Fleur Johns), Thesis topic: A Critical Analysis of the Environmental Regulation of the Pacific Ocean in International Law.
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