Sustainable Natural Resource Management Conference (Day 1)

University of New England

Sustainable Natural Resource Management Conference (Day 1)

The Coming Paradigm: natural resource governance without government?

Date: Mon 15th Apr 2019 9:00am-5:00pm

Location: School of LawContact: Ciprian Radavoi, School of Law

An international conference organised by the:

  • Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law (School of Law, University of New England, Australia)
  • Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development
  • Academy of Environmental Law (International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN).

When: 15–17 April 2019

Where: University of New England

We will explore the effectiveness and fairness of the growing move towards ‘governance without government’ in the field of natural resources (mineral resources, water, forests, agricultural land, biodiversity, etc.), and its implications for sustainable development. This includes consideration of purely private regulation, public/private hybrids, citizen and industry led initiatives, and deregulation.

Topics include:

  • The value and limitations of innovative forms of governance
  • The validity and effectiveness of different types of instrument
  • Mechanisms for supervision and oversight to protect the public interest
  • Implications for changing roles of different sectors in society
  • Implications for the public as well as the private interest.

Conference highlights

  • Two days of presentations, workshops and debates in the heart of rural Australia
  • One-day trip to the Pacific coast, via the picturesque Waterfall Way
  • The opportunity for a rich dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of governance innovations.


  • Tackling the metagovernance gap that limits the potential reliability and value of regulatory hybrids
  • The importance of aesthetics in understanding corporate environmental responsibility
  • Carbon tax or cap and trade: a comparative analysis of carbon reduction programmes for Ontario, Canada
  • Citizen Science and the Shared Governance of Bird Biodiversity:
  • How non-state actors contribute to avian conservation in the Asia-Pacific
  • Corporate Climate Governance via disclosure and duties — limits and potential
  • Water Governance and Complexity Theory in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area
  • Exploring the relationship between responsible investment and pension funds
  • Changing roles for non-government (and government) actors in biodiversity conservation governance in rural Australia
  • The Right to Farm and use of trust as a self-governance drive in farming We invite abstracts to present in-person, or as a virtual participant.


Proposals will be reviewed continuously until the symposium programme is full.

All papers will be published in symposium proceedings, but registration in the Symposium also provides participants the chance to publish in:

  • International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
  • International Journal of Rural Law and Policy.
  • ABN: 75 792 454 315

© University of New England, 2019

The University of New England respects and acknowledges that its people, programs and facilities are built on land, and surrounded by a sense of belonging, both ancient and contemporary, of the world's oldest living culture. In doing so, UNE values and respects Indigenous knowledge systems as a vital part of the knowledge capital of Australia.

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