BiographyI am presently a Senior Lecturer at Southern Cross University, Australia. Before joining SCU, I was an Assistant Professor at Bond University from 2011-13, and Lecturer at the University of New England from 2004-10. Prior to 2004, I practised law, admitted to the Supreme Courts of New South Wales and Queensland in 1988, and an accredited specialist in property law. I hold undergraduate degrees in Arts and Laws (Honours), a Masters Degree in Laws, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Queensland, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of New England.
My research interests include the nature of property rights in public lands and natural resources; property in diverse contexts; geographic, historic, and contemporary; and the intersection of property, human landscapes, and the environment. My works have been published in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the UK.
My doctoral thesis explored the diversity of property in common law traditions, and its implications for community as a legal entity, obligation as an incident of right, and the sustainable design of human landscapes. The thesis was adapted as a scholarly monograph, and published by Routledge in August 2016 under the title ‘Property Diversity and its Implications’.
My profile photograph underscores how we should see ourselves in propertied landscapes, context-premised, and specific to place and time.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Property law; property theory; legal history; legal geography.
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