Policy, institutions & economics

Fundamental to big challenges in environment and sustainability are questions of environmental governance. We undertake research using approaches from economics, public policy, law, institutional analsyis and political science in areas as diverse as urban and rural water, wastes, climate adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity, natural resource management and disasters.

We place particular emphasis on  the exploration of integrated policy and management across traditionally separate policy domains, such as the links between climate, energy and water issues.

The interdisciplinary character of the Fenner School enables these social science questions questions to be investigated in close collaboration with natural scientists.


  • Hussey, K. And J. Pittock and S. Dovers (forthcoming). Climate, Energy and Water: Managing a Holy Trinity. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
  • Grafton, Q. and K. Hussey (eds.) (2011). Water Resources Planning and Management: Challenges and Solutions, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
  • Hussey, K., & D. Kenyon (eds.) (2011), Trade and Investment Issues for the 21st Century: Perspectives from the EU-Australia relationship, Australian Journal of International Affairs, September edition.
  • Hussey, K. and D. Kenyon (2011) ‘Regulatory divergences: A barrier to trade, a potential source of trade disputes’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 65, No.4 (September).
  • Hussey, K. and J. Pittock (eds.) (2011), The Energy-Water Nexus: Managing the Links between Energy and Water for a Sustainable Future, Ecology and Society. Available at: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/issues/view.php?sf=61 
  • Hussey, K. and Dovers, S. (eds.) (2007). Managing Water for Australia: the social and institutional challenges, CSIRO Publishing: Canberra.
  • Hussey, K. (2010) ‘Policy Integration and the Energy-Water Nexus: Accounting for, and managing, the links’, in Winand, P. and G. Pearman, Securing Sustainable Energy Futures in Europe and Australia, P.I.E PeterLang Publishers, Brussels.
  • Hussey, K. (2007). ‘International Perspectives on Water Policy and Management: Emerging Principles, Common Challenges’ in Hussey, K. and Dovers, S. (eds.) Managing Water for Australia: the social and institutional challenges, CSIRO Publishing.
  • Henriksen, C.B., K. Hussey, and P. E. Holm (2011) Exploiting soil-management strategies for climate mitigation in the European Union: maximizing “win–win” solutions across policy regimes. Ecology and Society 16(4): 22.
  • Grafton, R.Q. and Hussey, K. (2007) ‘Buying Back the Living Murray: At What Price?’ Australasian Journal of Environmental Management. 14(2): 74-81.

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