Dr. Katherine Owens

Sydney Law School

Katherine Owens is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School. Her research combines both social and legal methods to address significant issues of environmental law and governance, including how law and governance should manage climate change, energy transitions, environmental water, environmental finance and the risks of coal seam gas mining.  A key focus of her research is how governance frameworks can link effective public institutions, such as independent agencies, with innovative private sector actors and enable these entities to work collaboratively to accomplish environmental objectives.

Katherine’s monograph Environmental Water Markets and Regulation: A Comparative Legal Approach  (Routledge/Earthcan 2017) was the first comprehensive examination of the role of law in supporting voluntary water transactions for environmental recovery.  Before joining the University of Sydney in 2015, Katherine practised for a number of years in State Government and leading commercial firms in Australia and New Zealand, specialising in environmental and planning law.