Professor Bronwen Morgan

Ph.D. (Jurisprudence and Social Policy)              University of California at Berkeley, 2000
LL.B. (Honours, Class 1)                                      University of Sydney, Australia, 1992
B.A.  (Honours, Class 1, University Medal)          University of Sydney, Australia, 1989

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 at UNSW Law.

My research has long focused on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts, with a particular interest in the interaction between the technocratic interstices of regulation and collective commitments to democracy, conviviality and ecological sustainability. More recently, I have focused on new and diverse economies, mostly of the kind affiliated with solidarity and the creation of a commons, and the tensions between these and recent developments in sharing or platform economies. Empirically I have most recently explored energy, food, water and new kinds of lawyers.

Past projects include research 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 emerging solidarity or commons-based economies, with a particular focus on platform cooperativism. I have also recently concluded two projects as a PLuS Alliance Fellow: one on urban agriculture and the other on bottom-up participatory approaches to implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Book Chapters

Morgan B; Kuch D, 2019, 'Diverse legalities: Pluralism and Instrumentalism', in Gibson K; Dombrowski K (ed.), Handbook of Diverse Economies, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK

Morgan B, 2019, 'Transcending the Corporation: Social Enterprise, Cooperatives and Commons-Based Governance', in Clarke T; O'Brien J; O'Kelley CR T (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Corporation, Oxford University Press, pp. 667 - 686

Morgan B, 2018, 'The Multi-Scalar Regulatory Challenge of the Sharing Economy from the Perspective of Platform Cooperativism and the Social and Solidarity Economy', in Davidson N; Finck M; Infranca J (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge,

Morgan B; Kuch D, 2017, 'Sharing subjects and legality: Ambiguities in moving beyond neoliberalism', in Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects, pp. 219 - 241,


Morgan B; Sterett S, 2015, 'Regulation and Administration', in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition, pp. 160 - 165,

Morgan B, 2015, 'Upside Down and Inside Out: Regulators and Regulatory Processes in Contemporary Perspective', in Sarat A; Ewick P (ed.), The Handbook of Law and Society, John Wiley & Sons, pp. 150 - 167

Dubash N; Morgan B, 2013, 'The Embedded Regulatory State: Between Rules and Deals - Conclusion', in Dubash N; Morgan B (ed.), The Rise of the Regulatory State of the South Infrastructure and Development in Emerging Economies, OUP Oxford,

Dubash N; Morgan B, 2013, 'The Rise of the Regulatory State of the South: The Infrastructure of Development', in Dubash N; Morgan B (ed.), The Rise of the Regulatory State of the South: Infrastructure and Development in Emerging Economies, OUP Oxford, pp. 1 - 26

Morgan B, 2012, 'Rights and regulation as a framework for exploring reverse legal transfers: Hegemony and counter-hegemony in the Bolivian water sector', in Law and Development and the Global Discourses of Legal Transfers, pp. 82 - 118,

Morgan B, 2012, 'The Limits of Transnational Transformations of the State: Comparative Regulatory Regimes in Water Service Delivery', in Shaffer GC (ed.), Transnational Legal Ordering and State Change, Cambridge University Press, pp. 180 - 211

McDermont M; Morgan B; Cowan D, 2012, 'Socio-legal Studies Module: the Bristol Experience', in Hunter C (ed.), Integrating Socio-legal Studies Into the Law Curriculum, Palgrave MacMillan, UK

Morgan BB, 2012, 'Rights and Regulation as a Framework for Exploring Reverse Legal Transfers: Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony in the Bolivian Water Sector', in Law and Society, pp. 82 - 119

Morgan B, 2009, 'The limits of transnational transformations of the state: Comparative regulatory regimes in the delivery of urban water services', in Transnational Legal Ordering and State Change, pp. 180 - 211,

Morgan BB, 2008, 'Consuming without Paying: Stealing or Campaigning? The Civic Implications of Civil Disobedience around Access to Water', in Soper K; Trentmann F (ed.), Citizenship and Consumption, Palgrave Macmillan

Morgan B, 2007, 'The Intersection of Rights and Regulation: New Directions in Sociolegal Scholarship', in Morgan B (ed.), The Intersection of Rights and Regulation: New Directions in Sociolegal Scholarship, pp. 1 - 20


Morgan B, 2011, Water on tap: Rights and regulation in the transnational governance of urban water services,

Morgan B; Yeung K, 2007, An Introduction to Law and Regulation Text and Materials, Cambridge University Press

Morgan B, 2003, Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition The Bureaucratic Politics of Regulatory Justification, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Edited Books

Dubash N; Morgan B, (eds.), 2013, The Rise of the Regulatory State of the South: Infrastructure and Development in Emerging Economies, Oxford University Press

Morgan B, 2008, The intersection of rights and regulation: New directions in sociolegal scholarship

Journal articles

Morgan B, 2018, 'Telling stories beautifully: Hybrid legal forms in the new economy', Journal of Law and Society, vol. 45, pp. 64 - 83,

Morgan B; Thorpe A, 2018, 'Introduction: Law for a new economy: Enterprise, sharing, regulation', Journal of Law and Society, vol. 45, pp. 1 - 9,

Morgan B; Bai S; Bhaskar J, 2018, 'Competitive Neutrality and the Challenge of Social Enterprise', Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law, vol. 25,

Morgan B; Bai S; Bhaskar J, 2018, 'Competitive neutrality and the challenge of social enterprise', Competition and Consumer Law Journal,

Morgan B, 2018, 'Legal models beyond the corporation in Australia: plugging a gap or weaving a tapestry?', Social Enterprise Journal, vol. 14, pp. 180 - 193,

Morgan B, 2018, 'The sharing economy', Annual Review of Law and Social Science, vol. 14, pp. 351 - 366,

Chandrashekeran S; Morgan B; Coetzee K; Christoff P, 2017, 'Rethinking the green state beyond the Global North: a South African climate change case study', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, vol. 8,

Barraket J; Douglas H; Eversole R; Mason C; McNeill J; Morgan B, 2017, 'Classifying social enterprise models in Australia', Social Enterprise Journal, vol. 13, pp. 365 - 391,

Morgan B, 2017, 'Regulatory Transformations. Rethinking Economy - Society Interactions', LAW & SOCIETY REVIEW, vol. 51, pp. 451 - 453,

Morgan B; Maloney M, 2017, 'Building an ecologically healthy and socially just economic system: the New Economy Network of Australia', Australian Environment Review, pp. 131 - 134

Morgan B, 2017, 'Lawyers, Legal Advice and Relationality in Sustainable Economy Initiatives', Oñati Socio-Legal Series, vol. 7,


Morgan B; Kuch D, 2015, 'Radical Transactionalism: Legal Consciousness, Diverse Economies, and the Sharing Economy', Journal of Law and Society, vol. 42, pp. 556 - 587,

Morgan B; Kuch D, 2015, 'Dissonant Justifications: Community Energy Lessons from Pingala', People, Place and Policy Online, vol. 9, pp. 177 - 189,

Morgan B, 2015, 'Legal Imagination and the Sharing Economy', Stir, vol. 9

Morgan B, 2014, 'Bringing politics back in: The trajectory of the regulatory State of the South', Reforma y Democracia, vol. 60, pp. 5 - 26

Morgan B; Seshadri S, 2014, 'Water rights between social activism and social enterprise', Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, vol. 5, pp. 25 - 48,

Morgan B, 2014, 'Bringing Politics Back In: The Trajectory of the Regulatory State of the South', Revista del CLAD Reforma y Democracia, vol. 60, pp. n/a - n/a,

Morgan B, 2014, 'Limiting Resources: Market-Led Reform and the Transformation of Public Goods', CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY-A JOURNAL OF REVIEWS, vol. 43, pp. 213 - 215,

Halliday S; Morgan B, 2013, 'I Fought the Law and the Law Won? Legal Consciousness and the Critical Imagination', CURRENT LEGAL PROBLEMS, vol. 66, pp. 1 - 32,

Dubash NK; Morgan B, 2012, 'Understanding the rise of the regulatory state of the South', Regulation and Governance, vol. 6, pp. 261 - 281,

Morgan BB, 2008, 'Building Bridges Between Regulatory and Citizen Space: Civil Society Contributions to Water Service Delivery Frameworks in Cross-National Perspective', Law, Social Justice & Global Development

Morgan B, 2006, 'Turning off the tap: Urban water service delivery and the social construction of global administrative law', European Journal of International Law, vol. 17, pp. 215 - 246,

Morgan B; Trentmann F, 2006, 'Introduction: The politics of necessity', Journal of Consumer Policy, vol. 29, pp. 345 - 353,

Morgan B, 2006, 'The North-South politics of necessity: Regulating for basic rights between national and international levels', Journal of Consumer Policy, vol. 29, pp. 465 - 487,

Morgan B, 2004, 'The regulatory face of the human right to water', Journal of Water Law, vol. 15, pp. 179 - 186

Morgan B, 2003, 'The Economization of Politics: Meta-Regulation as a Form of Nonjudicial Legality', Social & Legal Studies, vol. 12, pp. 489 - 523,

Morgan B, 1999, 'Oh, reason not the need: Rights and other imperfect alternatives for those without voice', Law and Social Inquiry, vol. 24, pp. 295 - 318,

Morgan B, 1999, 'Unleashing rights: Law, meaning and the animal rights movement.', LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN BAR FOUNDATION, vol. 24, pp. 295 - 318,


Morgan B; McNeill J; Blomfeld I, 2016, Where are the Community Enterprise Lawyers? Towards an effective ecosystem of legal support for small-scale sustainable economy initiatives in Australia : A Discussion Paper,

Morgan B; Rogers M; Martin F; Greig A; Donnelly R; McNeil J; Perry A; Bennett S, 2014, Legal Models Working Group Report, Social Innovation, Entreprise and Entrepreneurship Alliance (SIEE) (2014), SIEE

Morgan B; Bird C; Alcock R; McDermont M, 2013, Maintaining Momentum in Bristol Community Energy, Project Report for Knowledge Exchange Grant with Bristol Energy Network, Bristol Energy Network

Morgan B; Kuch D; Ngo J, 2013, Submission to Crowd-Sourced Equity Financing Enquiry (2013), Corporations and Market Activity Committee, Australian Federal Government

2004 Hart Socio-Legal Prize for Early Career Academics (for Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition, above, prize awarded annually for the best book, published in the 12 months preceding)
2004 Socio-Legal Article Prize from the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association (for “The Economisation of Politics", awarded annually, open to all, for the most outstanding piece of socio-legal scholarship published in the 12 months preceding)
1996 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley 
1992 John George Dalley Prize no 1A (first place in Arts/Law degree final year) 
1988 English Association Prize (best thesis, English Literature Honours Program) 1988 
1988 Coutts Scholarship (best performance and University Medal in English Literature Honours)

Economic and Social Research Council Subcontract, 2017, £14,000, University of Bristol, ‘Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement’

UNSW Plus Alliance Collaborative Research Seed Grant, 2017, $25,000, ‘The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Knowledge-to-Action Framework for Implementation and Evaluation’

UNSW Grantwriting Fellowship, 2017, $45,000, as PI for support for developing a Linkage Grant application for ‘Platform Cooperativism: An Innovative Trajectory for the Legal and Professional Implications of Emerging Platform Economies’

Low Carbon Living Collaborative Research Centre, Australia, 2014, AU$14,216, held as co-PI for ‘Community Power: Understanding the contribution of community-owned renewable energy to regional development. Top-up Scholarship for Jarra Hicks’
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

Currently Teaching

Legal Experimentalism (LAWS2384)
Lawyers, Ethics and Justice (LAWS1230)
Law and Society in the New Economy (LAWS8185)