Anita Foerster


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Research interests

Anita's research focuses on environmental, natural resource and climate change law, regulation and governance.

Her research approach is socio-legal (law-in-context) and interdisciplinary, involving empirical and qualitative research techniques and focusing particularly on the governance and institutional factors affecting the development, implementation and effectiveness of laws and policies.

Anita has particular expertise in legal and regulatory approaches to climate change mitigation and energy transition within the private sector, climate change adaptation and disaster resilience, and water allocation and management.


Anita started at the Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University, in February 2019. Previously, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Melbourne Law School (2016-2018); and at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania (2011-2015).

Anita completed her PhD at Melbourne Law School in 2010. Prior to her academic career, Anita worked in the non-government sector in various advocacy roles.

Supervision interests

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)

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, The University of Melbourne


Laws, Bachelor, Australian National University


Arts (Geography), Bachelor, Australian National University



  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Climate change law
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Disasters
  • Water Governance
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Empirical Legal Research

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Research Output 2006 2018

Rio Tinto's climate change resolution marks a significant shift in investor culture

Foerster, A. & Peel, J., 3 May 2018, The Conversation.

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Open Access

Climate change is a financial risk, according to a lawsuit against the CBA

Foerster, A. & Peel, J., 16 Aug 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Keeping good company in the transition to a low carbon economy? An evaluation of climate risk disclosure practices in Australia

Foerster, A., Peel, J., Osofsky, H. & McDonnell, B., 2017, In : Company and Securities Law Journal. 35, 3, p. 154-183 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Shaping the 'next generation' of climate change litigation in Australia

Peel, J., Osofsky, H. & Foerster, A., 2017, In : Melbourne University Law Review. 41, 2, p. 793-844 52 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

US fossil fuel companies facing legal action for misleading disclosure of climate risk: could it happen in Australia

Foerster, A. & Peel, J., Jun 2017, In : Australian Environment Review. 32, 3, p. 56-61 6 p.

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