Dr Josephine Gillespie

Room 456

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2920

Website Web: Geography, Law, People and Land/Water-scapes

Biographical details

Jo is a human geographer and former lawyer specialising in legal geography. Jo commenced with the School of Geosciences in 2010. Before returning to academia, Jo worked as a Judicial Associate in Federal and State jurisdictions. She is a Commissioner on the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy, a Vice President of the New South Wales Geographical Society and a Co-Convenor of the Legal Geography Study Group of the Institute of Australian Geographers.

Research interests

Jo's research links geography and law through the scholarship of legal geography and environmental regulation. She is interested in exploring the ways in which regulatory frameworks shape places by disabling and/or enabling how people interact in their environs. Jo also examines the interactions between human rights and environmental protection. Her research emphasises the importance of law, especially in its informal, normative guises, as it informs decision making processes in ways that are contingent on situated (human and physical) geographical conditions.

Teaching and supervision

ENVI3111 Environmental Law and Ethics, http://sydney.edu.au/science/geosciences/units_of_study/us_envi3111.shtml

GEOS5501 Human Rights and the Environment, http://sydney.edu.au/science/geosciences/units_of_study/us_geos5501.shtml

Jo currently supervises 2 PhD students and 2 Honours students.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Producing scales of resistance: Transboundary community-based resistance to mainstream Lower Mekong Basin dams Ming Li YONG

Current projects

Promoting a HRBA to Sustainable Conservation and Natural Resource Management in the TonleSap Biosphere Reserve Cambodia.This research investigates whether environmental and conservation stewardship can be improved if a "Human Rights Based Approach" to management is adopted.

Funding: Australian National Commission for UNESCO & Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Gov’t)

Bridging social and natural sciences to enable community adaptation in protected areas.This research investigates socio-ecological perspectives relating to environmental change and regulation of the Tonle Sap, Cambodia.

Funding: Southeast Asian Study Centre, The University of Sydney

Associations

Commissioner, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), CEESP (Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy) Commissioner; Working Groups: Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights (TGER) and Theme on Governance, Communities, Equity and Livelihood Rights in Relation to Protected Areas (TILCEPA).

Vice President, The Geographical Society of New South Wales.

Co-Covenor, Legal Geography Study Group, Institution of Australian Geographers.

Selected grants

2016

  • Start Up Research Support; Gillespie J; School of Geosciences/Research Support.

2015

  • Bridging social and natural sciences to enable community adaptation in protected areas; Penny D, Gillespie J; University of Sydney/Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Cluster Research.

2014

  • Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve Project Legal Geography Conference; Gillespie J; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Conference Fund Grant.

2013

  • Promoting a Human Rights Based Approach to Sustainable Conservation and Natural Resource Management in the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Cambodia.; Gillespie J; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Federal)/Australian National Commission for UNESCO Grants Program.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Gillespie, J. (2016). Heritage and Human Rights: Reframing the Conservation Ethic. In Andrea Durbach, Lucas Lixinski (Eds.), Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses. Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). Natural and Cultural Heritage Protection in Cambodia. In Brickell, K. and Springer, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia. UK: Routledge.

Journals

  • Gillespie, J. (2016). A legal geography of property, tenure, exclusion and rights in Cambodia: exposing an incongruous property narrative for non-Western settings. Geographical Research, Early View, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). A legal geography of property, tenure, exclusion, and rights in Cambodia: exposing an incongruous property narrative for non-Western settings. Geographical Research, 54(3), 256-266. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). Catch 22: Wetlands Protection and Fishing for Survival. Geographical Research, (2016), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Penny, D., Williams, G., Gillespie, J., Khem, R. (2016). Here be dragons: Integrating scientific data and place-based observation for environmental management. Applied Geography, 73, 38-46. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). The Great Barrier Reef: An ecosystem under pressure. Geography Review, 29(3), 36-38.
  • Davey, M., Gillespie, J. (2014). The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Marine Protected Area: valuing local perspectives in environmental protection. Australian Geographer, 45(2), 131-145. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2013). World Heritage management: boundary-making at Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 56(2), 286-304. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2013). World Heritage Protection and the Human Right to Development: Reconciling Competing or Complimentary Narratives Using a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA)? Sustainability, 5(7), 3159-3171. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2012). Buffering for conservation at Angkor: questioning the spatial regulation of a World Heritage property. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 18(2), 194-208. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2012). Legal Pluralism and World Heritage Management at Angkor, Cambodia. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 14(1-2), 1-19.
  • Gillespie, J. (2009). Ethnography and Law (The International Library of Essays in Law and Society), E. Darian-Smith (ed.), Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2007. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 20(2), 260-262.
  • Gillespie, J. (2009). Protecting World Heritage: Regulating Ownership and Land Use at Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 15(4), 338-354. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2007). Innovative Communities. People-Centred Approaches to Environmental Management in the Asia-Pacific Region by Jerry Velasquez, Susan Yoshimura and Izumi Ono 2005, United Nations University Press, New York 2005. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 10(3-4), 303-307.

Research Reports

  • Chem, P., Hirsch, P., Kim, S., So, S., Suon, V., Khiev, D., Neave, M., Griffiths, K., Wales, N., Gillespie, J., et al (2008). Framing Research on Water Resources Management and Governance in Cambodia: A Literature Review, CDRI Working Paper 37 May 2008, (pp. 1 - 50). Phnom Penh, Cambodia: CDRI (Cambodia Development Resource Institute).

2016

  • Gillespie, J. (2016). A legal geography of property, tenure, exclusion and rights in Cambodia: exposing an incongruous property narrative for non-Western settings. Geographical Research, Early View, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). A legal geography of property, tenure, exclusion, and rights in Cambodia: exposing an incongruous property narrative for non-Western settings. Geographical Research, 54(3), 256-266. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). Catch 22: Wetlands Protection and Fishing for Survival. Geographical Research, (2016), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Penny, D., Williams, G., Gillespie, J., Khem, R. (2016). Here be dragons: Integrating scientific data and place-based observation for environmental management. Applied Geography, 73, 38-46. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). Heritage and Human Rights: Reframing the Conservation Ethic. In Andrea Durbach, Lucas Lixinski (Eds.), Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses. Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). Natural and Cultural Heritage Protection in Cambodia. In Brickell, K. and Springer, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia. UK: Routledge.
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). The Great Barrier Reef: An ecosystem under pressure. Geography Review, 29(3), 36-38.

2014

  • Davey, M., Gillespie, J. (2014). The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Marine Protected Area: valuing local perspectives in environmental protection. Australian Geographer, 45(2), 131-145. [More Information]

2013

  • Gillespie, J. (2013). World Heritage management: boundary-making at Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 56(2), 286-304. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2013). World Heritage Protection and the Human Right to Development: Reconciling Competing or Complimentary Narratives Using a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA)? Sustainability, 5(7), 3159-3171. [More Information]

2012

  • Gillespie, J. (2012). Buffering for conservation at Angkor: questioning the spatial regulation of a World Heritage property. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 18(2), 194-208. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2012). Legal Pluralism and World Heritage Management at Angkor, Cambodia. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 14(1-2), 1-19.

2009

  • Gillespie, J. (2009). Ethnography and Law (The International Library of Essays in Law and Society), E. Darian-Smith (ed.), Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2007. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 20(2), 260-262.
  • Gillespie, J. (2009). Protecting World Heritage: Regulating Ownership and Land Use at Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 15(4), 338-354. [More Information]

2008

  • Chem, P., Hirsch, P., Kim, S., So, S., Suon, V., Khiev, D., Neave, M., Griffiths, K., Wales, N., Gillespie, J., et al (2008). Framing Research on Water Resources Management and Governance in Cambodia: A Literature Review, CDRI Working Paper 37 May 2008, (pp. 1 - 50). Phnom Penh, Cambodia: CDRI (Cambodia Development Resource Institute).

2007

  • Gillespie, J. (2007). Innovative Communities. People-Centred Approaches to Environmental Management in the Asia-Pacific Region by Jerry Velasquez, Susan Yoshimura and Izumi Ono 2005, United Nations University Press, New York 2005. Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 10(3-4), 303-307.

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