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Personal profile


Robyn’s unique background in law and geography means that legal geography is her thing (makes sense!). Legal geography is a pretty new-ish term for a very exciting area of scholarship that explores the interactions between people, place and our legal systems. Robyn’s research in legal geography focuses on legal diversity and location, and how places influence the outcomes of natural resource management,  environmental and planning law, regulation and policy.

In addition to a multi-disciplinary background in science and law Robyn also has qualifications and expertise in higher education, and is committed to reconnecting students with their learning and their environments through place-based education for sustainability to achieve better outcomes for students, for society and our environments. Robyn is especially interested in ensuring that we all get to stay alive into the future, and, just to make sure we aren’t lonely when we get there, that all of our fellow creatures and mountains and rivers stay alive too!

The key value proposition of Robyn's multi-award-winning scholarship is in leading initiatives for the attainment of public good objectives in sustainability and environmental and social justice, to contribute to Monash's commitments to address climate change, and build thriving communities and geopolitical security, and to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including for good governance. Robyn has extensive experience in university governance and leadership and previous roles include Chair of Academic Board. Robyn has completed a Certificate in Governance Practice with GIA, and also AICD training. Her experience on selection panels spans from HEW6 to Vice-Chancellor. Robyn is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia, and is a member, and former President, of the Institute of Australian Geographers. Robyn is currently serving as Deputy Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts at Monash.

Selected publications (since 2011) are listed below and the following are her

Areas of expertise:

  • Legal Geography
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental law 
  • Planning
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Governance
  • Regulatory Theory
  • Academic Freedom



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Geography and Law, BSc(H1)/LLB, Australian National University (ANU)

Higher Education, Masters, Australian National University (ANU)

Geomatics, PhD, University of Melbourne

External positions

Adjunct Professor, University of New England (Australia)

29 May 2023 → …

Editorial Board Geographical Research

2014 → …

Vice-President (Immediate Past President), Institute of Australian Geographers

Research area keywords

  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Governance
  • Environmental Law
  • Legal Geography
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Planning
  • Regulatory Theory
  • Academic Freedom

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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