Projects per year
Anita specialises in environmental and climate change law, regulation and governance. She works on issues of current and pressing public policy importance including: the roles and responsibilities of the private sector in addressing climate change and transitioning to clean energy; approaches to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Australian settlements; and the sustainable allocation of scarce natural resources (such as water) between competing users.
Anita brings considerable research, teaching and advocacy experience to her role as Senior Lectuer in the Monash Business School, having worked as a senior research and teaching fellow at the Melbourne Law School (2016-18) and University of Tasmania (2011-2015); and previously in advocacy roles with Australian environmental NGOs such as World Wide Fund for Nature and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
Anita's research is socio-legal (law-in-context) and interdisciplinary. She uses empirical and qualitative research techniques to track and assess the impact and effectiveness of environmental law and regulation. Her work is often targeted to end-users in policy and practice and has included reports prepared for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and the Australian Conservation Foundation; as well as presentations for industry associations such as CPA Australia.
Anita's research informs her teaching. She has taught a range of subjects in environmental, climate change and natural resource law and is currently teaching environmental law and sustainability regulation in an inter-disciplinary context at the Monash Business School, with a particular focus on applied and contextual exploration of current and emerging regulatory risks and trends.
Anita is interested in supervising socio-legal and interdiscplinary legal research projects, particularly in the environmental and sustainability field.
Monash teaching commitment
Anita is currently teaching the following units:
Corporate Sustainability Regulation (BTF5910)
Law, PhD, University of Melbourne
2005 → 2010
Laws, Bachelor, Australian National University
1995 → 1999
Arts (Geography), Bachelor, Australian National University
1995 → 1999
Research area keywords
- Environment and Sustainability
- Climate change law
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Water Governance
- Socio-Legal Studies
- Empirical Legal Research
- Climate Risk
- Energy Transition
1/05/19 → 28/06/19
A new tool to address corporate climate wrongdoing: OECD complaint against ANZ for fossil fuel financingFoerster, A. & Landau, I., Jul 2020, Australian Environment Review, 35, 1 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Article › Other
Foerster, A. & Markey-Towler, R., Sep 2020, Melbourne Vic Australia: University of Melbourne. 70 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Other Report › ResearchOpen Access
Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in law and policy: prospects for transformative flood risk management in AustraliaFoerster, A., 2020, The Impact of Environmental Law: Stories of The World We Want. Eisma-Osorio, R-L., Kirk, E. A. & Steinberg Albin, J. (eds.). 1st ed. Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 100-127 28 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (Book) › Research › peer-review
Net zero for the international shipping sector? An analysis of the implementation and regulatory challenges of the IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG EmissionsGarcia, B., Foerster, A. & Lin, J., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Environmental Law. 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Foerster, A., 2020, Climate Change Litigation in the Asia Pacific. Lin, J. & Kysar, D. A. (eds.). 1st ed. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 175-206 32 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (Book) › Other › peer-review