Dr Josephine Gillespie

BA (Hons), LLB, PhD

Member of Sydney Institute of Agriculture

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2920

Biographical details

Jo is a legal geographer interested in the complex intersection of geography and law. This research investigates environmental protection and human-environment geographies throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific. As a former lawyer, Jo draws on her industry experience in the law to inform both her research and teaching. She is a Commissioner on the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy, a Committee member 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

As a legal geographer Jo explores the way law and geography collide to shape our world. Jo's research uncovers how regulatory frameworks both enable and disable people-environment-place interactions. This work untangles the ways in which law, as a place-making device, is contingent upon situated (human and physical) geographical conditions.

This research explores:

· Environmental law and governance regimes

· The role of ENGOs in environmental litigation

· Protected areas, with a focus on world heritage and wetland management

· Environmental justice, legal geography, political ecology

· Environmental ethics and environmental (human/non-human) rights

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate Units:

ENVI3111 Environmental Law and Ethics (Unit Coordinator)

GEOG3888 Integrated Geographical Practice

Postgraduate Units:

GEOS5501 Human Rights and the Environment (Unit Coordinator)

Current Honours Students:

2019, Ella Haggis, "Examining Ecological Injustice: Wild Brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park, NSW."

Recent Honours Students:

2017, Nicola Perry, "Where culture meets conservation: researching the dynamics of gender, law and the environment in Prek Toal, Cambodia." (linked to SSEAC Grant, below)

2016, Hannah Della Bosca, "Hanging in the Balance: Community Participation in the Springvale Extension Development Proposal."

Recent PhD Completions:

2017, Sopheak Chann, “Land and Natural Resource Territorial Demarcation: a case study in Cambodia Protected Area Context”, with Professor Phillip Hirsch

Recent TSP/Denison Summer Scholarship Projects:

2019, Jesse Doolan, Changing Face of Geographical Enquiry in NSW: analysis of Australian Geographer from the early 20th century.

2019, Ella Haggis, Analysis of NSW EDO public interest environmental litigation across NSW.

2019, Alex Vaughan, Environmental advocacy in the Brigalow South Bioregion, NSW.

2017, Kevin Gar Yuen Huang, Understanding the Extractive Industries through a Legal Geography Lens.

2016, Olivia Grivas, “Lawfare”: Standing and Public Interest Environmental Litigation – environmental decision-making processes under review.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Bounded properties, interdependent ecosystems: watering private wetlands in the Murray Darling Basin Nicola PERRY

Current projects

Botany Wetlands Project. This project, in collaboration with Sydney Water, seeks to describe the long-term ecologial, environmental and land-use regulation history of the Botany Wetlands, Sydney.

Environmental Change and Legal Process: understanding people/places, participation and litigation in environmental protection.This research explores how environmental groups, ENGOs (and other stakeholders) and regulatory regimes collide to shape the places we live.

Protected Area Legal Geographies.Ongoing projects focusing on protected area management, including wetlands and world heritage areas across the region.

Wonders of the Mekong. A collaborative USAid funded project investigating environmental and socio-environmental issues on the Tonle Sap, Cambodia.

Drought Histories of Vietnam. A NUS-USYD Partnership Collaboration Award. A team from NUS-USyd investigating long-term drought records and local ecological knowledge to build understanding of the incidence, severity and recovery from past droughts.

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: SSEAC, USyd.

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).

Committee, The Geographical Society of New South Wales.

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

Past 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)

Past Students:

Honours 2015, Matthew Salgo, “Cracking the Code: A legal geography of New South Wales' 10/50 Code for vegetation removal.”

Honours 2015, Natasha Livingstone, “Soil conservation and protection through environmental regulation.”

PhD 2015, Jessie Connell, “The Art of Advocacy. Negotiating Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement in Cambodia”, with Professor Phillip Hirsch

Selected grants

2018

  • Wonders of the Mekong in Cambodia; Hogan Z, Penny D, Gillespie J; USAID/Research Support.

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. (2017). Engaged Enquiry in Environmental Law: understanding people/place connections through a geographically informed human rights lens. In Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Victoria Brooks (Eds.), Research Methods in Environmental Law: A Handbook, (pp. 265-285). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2017). Heritage and Human Rights: Reframing the Conservation Ethic. In Andrea Durbach, Lucas Lixinski (Eds.), Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses, (pp. 165-180). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Gillespie, J. (2017). Natural and Cultural Heritage in Cambodia. In K Brickell, S Springer (Eds.), The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia, (pp. 399-409). Abingdon: Routledge.

Journals

  • Perry, N., Gillespie, J. (2019). Restricting spatial lives? The gendered implications of conservation in Cambodia�s protected wetlands. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2(1), 73-88. [More Information]
  • Della Bosca, H., Gillespie, J. (2019). The construction of 'local' interest in New South Wales environmental planning processes. Australian Geographer, 50(1), 49-68. [More Information]
  • Salgo, M., Gillespie, J. (2018). Cracking the Code: a legal geography and political ecological perspective on vegetation clearing regulations. Australian Geographer, 49(4), 483-496. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J., Perry, N. (2018). Feminist political ecology and legal geography: A case study of the Tonle Sap protected wetlands of Cambodia. Environment and Planning A, 50(7), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Della Bosca, H., Gillespie, J. (2018). The coal story: Generational coal mining communities and strategies of energy transition in Australia. Energy Policy, 120(September 2018), 734-740. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2018). Wetland Conservation and Legal Layering: Managing Cambodia's Great Lake. Geographical Journal, 184(1), 31-40. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2017). Book Review "Andrew Cock, Governing Cambodia�s Forests: The International Politics of Policy Reform (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Denmark 2016) 302 pp.". Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 20, 206-208.
  • 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). A legal geography of property, tenure, exclusion, and rights in Cambodia: exposing an incongruous property narrative for non-Western settings. Geographical Research, 53(4), 256-266. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). Catch 22: Wetlands Protection and Fishing for Survival. Geographical Research, 54(3), 336-347. [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).

2019

  • Perry, N., Gillespie, J. (2019). Restricting spatial lives? The gendered implications of conservation in Cambodia�s protected wetlands. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2(1), 73-88. [More Information]
  • Della Bosca, H., Gillespie, J. (2019). The construction of 'local' interest in New South Wales environmental planning processes. Australian Geographer, 50(1), 49-68. [More Information]

2018

  • Salgo, M., Gillespie, J. (2018). Cracking the Code: a legal geography and political ecological perspective on vegetation clearing regulations. Australian Geographer, 49(4), 483-496. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J., Perry, N. (2018). Feminist political ecology and legal geography: A case study of the Tonle Sap protected wetlands of Cambodia. Environment and Planning A, 50(7), 1-17. [More Information]
  • Della Bosca, H., Gillespie, J. (2018). The coal story: Generational coal mining communities and strategies of energy transition in Australia. Energy Policy, 120(September 2018), 734-740. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2018). Wetland Conservation and Legal Layering: Managing Cambodia's Great Lake. Geographical Journal, 184(1), 31-40. [More Information]

2017

  • Gillespie, J. (2017). Book Review "Andrew Cock, Governing Cambodia�s Forests: The International Politics of Policy Reform (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Denmark 2016) 302 pp.". Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, 20, 206-208.
  • Gillespie, J. (2017). Engaged Enquiry in Environmental Law: understanding people/place connections through a geographically informed human rights lens. In Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Victoria Brooks (Eds.), Research Methods in Environmental Law: A Handbook, (pp. 265-285). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2017). Heritage and Human Rights: Reframing the Conservation Ethic. In Andrea Durbach, Lucas Lixinski (Eds.), Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses, (pp. 165-180). Oxford: Hart Publishing.
  • Gillespie, J. (2017). Natural and Cultural Heritage in Cambodia. In K Brickell, S Springer (Eds.), The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia, (pp. 399-409). Abingdon: Routledge.

2016

  • 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). A legal geography of property, tenure, exclusion, and rights in Cambodia: exposing an incongruous property narrative for non-Western settings. Geographical Research, 53(4), 256-266. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2016). Catch 22: Wetlands Protection and Fishing for Survival. Geographical Research, 54(3), 336-347. [More Information]
  • 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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