Dr Josephine Gillespie

Room 456

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2920

Website Web: Law, Geography, People and Landscapes

Biographical details

Jo is a Lecturer in Geography in the School of Geosciences. Jo was educated at the University of Sydney and Monash University, Melbourne and holds degrees in law, politics and geography (PhD, LLB, BA (Hons)). Jo trained and qualifyed as a legal practitioner and worked in the legal profession for many years before returning to academia. She is a Commissioner on the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy, a Councillor of The Geographical Society of New South Wales and a member of the Institute of Australian Geographers Legal Geography Study Group. In 2012 Jo received an appointment as a Visiting Fellow with the Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University to further explore the nexus between environmental regulation, protected area management and human rights in Southeast Asia (with an emphasis on Cambodia).Jo is currently running a research programme investigating human rights based approaches to resource management in the protected areas of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve, Cambodia.

Research interests

Jo's research links geography and law under the broad categories of legal geography and environmental regulation. Her scholarship explores how regulatory frameworks shape and form landscapes by restricting, manipulating and/or enabling how people interact in their environs. Jo's research also looks at the interaction between human rights and environmental protection. Her current research examines human rights frames and environmental governance in non-Western settings. Jo is interested in documenting non-Western legally plural landscapes having observed that there has been a tendency for the dominant legal and geographic narrative of legal geographers to emanate from Western, liberal, democratic traditions. In Jo's research, she uncovers how particular spatial settings create a 'localisation of laws' that become critical to effective regulation and governance. Her research outlines 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

Current projects

Australian National Commission for UNESCO,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, funded project 2013 – 2014

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

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).

Councillor, The Geographical Society of New South Wales.

Member, Institution of Australian Geographers, Legal Geography Study Group.

Selected grants

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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Journals

  • Gillespie, J. (2015). A legal geography of property, tenure, exclusion and rights in Cambodia: exposing an incongruous property narrative for non-Western settings. Geographical Research, , 1-11. [More Information]
  • 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).

2015

  • Gillespie, J. (2015). A legal geography of property, tenure, exclusion and rights in Cambodia: exposing an incongruous property narrative for non-Western settings. Geographical Research, , 1-11. [More Information]

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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