Rebecca Nelson is a Senior Lecturer of the Melbourne Law School. Her research focuses on environmental and natural resources law and policy, with an emphasis on empirical research and practical solutions.
Dr Nelson holds an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2018-2020), which aims to analyse and evaluate laws regulating cumulative environmental effects in the United States of America, European Union, Canada and Australia. From 2010-2014, she led the Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program, a collaborative initiative between Water in the West at Stanford University and the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. The Program focused on undertaking empirical research and convening stakeholder workshops to improve groundwater sustainability in the western US and Australia.
In 2014 she was named the Law Council of Australia's Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year for her contribution to water law and environmental law.
Dr Nelson holds a Doctor of the Science of Law from Stanford University, where her dissertation focused on empirically assessing regulatory arrangements for protecting surface water and ecosystems from the impacts of pumping groundwater. She also holds a Masters in law (Stanford) and Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) and Bachelor of Laws (University of Melbourne). Dr Nelson formerly worked as a lawyer at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and in private practice in Australia.
In addition to traditional academic research publications, Dr Nelson undertake research engagement activities with communities and governments, and through interactive online platforms: see www.rebeccanelson.org
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More Joules per Drop - How Much Water Does Unconventional Gas Use Compared to Other Energy..
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Water Data and the Legitimacy Deficit: A Regulatory Review and Nationwide Survey of Challenges Considering Cumulative Environmental Effects of Coal and Coal Seam Gas Developments
Journal article | 2019 | Australasian Journal of Water Resources
Environmental water management in relation to groundwater occurs mainly by controlling groundwater withdrawals under water and env..
More Joules per Drop - How Much Water Does Unconventional Gas Use Compared to Other Energy Sources and What Are the Legal Implications?
Wendy Timms, Sudeep Nair, Rebecca Nelson
Journal article | 2019 | ENVIRONMENTAL AND PLANNING LAW JOURNAL
Water is critical to energy security. This article compares “joules per drop”, or the equivalent joules of energy per litre of wat..
Big Time: An Empirical Analysis of Regulating the Cumulative Environmental Effects of Coal Seam Gas Extraction under Australian Federal Environmental Law
Journal article | 2019 | Environmental and Planning Law Journal
The cumulative environmental effects of coal seam gas (CSG) extraction are a notable challenge in regulating the transition to a m..
Indigenous Communities, Groundwater Opportunities: A US court Decision Unlocks Vast Potential to Improve Sustainable Freshwater Management
Philip Womble, Debra Perrone, Scott Jasechko, Rebecca Nelson, Leon F Szeptycki, Robert T Anderson, Steven M Gorelick
Journal article | 2018 | Science
Instead of managing fresh water as one integrated resource, laws frequently treat groundwater separately from more visible, monito..
Emergent landscapes: exploring social-ecological interdisciplinarity
S Bartel, I Bohnet, B Brockett, A Browne, A Connelly, B Goldstein, S Grover, K Judith, L Lebel, P Lebel, G Miller, R Nelson, J Primdahl, L Kristensen, J Paschen, N Reichelt, K Sherren, A Spicer, S Swaffield, K Moore, et al.
Conference Proceedings | 2018
Something in the air but not on the label: A call for increased regulatory ingredient disclosure for fragranced consumer products
S LUNNY, R NELSON, A STEINEMANN
Journal article | 2017 | UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES LAW JOURNAL
The article examines the requirements for fragranced consumer products in Australia. Topics discussed include regulatory framework..
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