Home > Team > Cameron Holley

Cameron Holley


Cameron is a Professor at UNSW Law, a member of the leadership teams of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre and the Global Water Institute, UNSW Sydney, as well as the Global Risk Governance programme, University of Cape Town and The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. He was also a member of The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL).

Cameron publishes widely in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, energy law and water law, with a focus on regulation and governance. Within these fields, he has examined issues of compliance and enforcement, environmental security, resilience, planning, accountability, democratic participation, adaptive management and collaborative governance. In addition to his various articles, book chapters, and policy submissions, Cameron's forthcoming book is entitled Intelligent Water Regulation: markets, compliance and technology (Earthscan, 2018). He is the author of The New Environmental Governance (with Neil Gunningham and Clifford Shearing, Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Reforming Water Law and Governance (Springer, 2018), Criminology and the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017) and Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance (Earthscan, 2016).

An empirical researcher, Cameron has worked closely with Australian and international government and non-government organisations on a range of environmental and natural resource management research projects. His current research agenda is centred on water law and energy governance, including unconventional gas, renewable energy, water planning, conventional regulation and monitoring of groundwater use. 

In 2014, Cameron was awarded the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Junior Scholarship Award for his contribution to environmental law scholarship.

He is an Editorial Board member on the Environmental and Planning Law Journal, and in 2016 was the guest editor of a Special Issue of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal (EPLJ Vol 33 Part 4), entitled Rethinking Water Law and Governance. He is a PLuS Alliance Fellow and was previously the Co-Director of Postgraduate Studies at UNSW Law and Deputy Convenor of the Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel B: Arts, Humanities and Law.


Holley, C., Phelan, L & Shearing, C. Eds. 2020. Criminology and Climate: Insurance and the Regulation of Harmscapes. (In the Series “Criminology at the Edge”, Eds. Leclerc, B., Homel, R. and Shearing, C.). Routledge.

Holley C; Gunningham N; Shearing C, 2013, The New Environmental Governance, Routledge, Abingdon.

Journal Articles:

Schneider L; Rose N; Lintern A; Sinclair D; Zawadzki A; Holley C; Lopez M; Haberle S, 2020, 'Assessing environmental contamination from metal emission and relevant regulations in major areas of coal mining and electricity generation in Australia', Science of the Total Environment

Holley C; Mutongwizo T; Shearing C, 2020, 'Conceptualizing Policing and Security: New Harmscapes, the Anthropocene, and Technology', Annual Review of Criminology, vol. 3, pp. 341 - 358.

Mutongwizo T; Holley C; Shearing CD; Simpson NP, 2019. 'Resilience Policing: An Emerging Response to Shifting Harm Landscapes and Reshaping Community Policing'Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, vol. 5(2), pp. 1-9.

Ravagnani R; Holley C, 2019, 'Water Management in New Zealand's Canterbury Region: A Sustainability Framework'Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 36, pp. 715 - 716, 

Holley C; Kennedy A; Mutongwizo T; Shearing C, 2019, 'Governing Energy Transitions: Unconventional Gas, Renewables and their Environmental Nexus', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 36, pp. 427 - 436

Holley C; Mutongwizo T; Shearing C; Kennedy A, 2019, 'Shaping Unconventional Gas Regulation: Industry Influence and Risks of Agency Capture in Texas, Colorado and Queensland', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 36, pp. 510 - 530

Castilla Rho J; Rojas R; Andersen M; Holley C; Mariethoz G, 2019, 'Sustainable groundwater management: How long and what will it take?'Global Environmental Change, vol. 58, pp. 101972 - 101972.

Couzens E; Stephens T; Karim S; Holley C; Owens K, 2019, 'Forests, corruption, environmental degradation, protection of species and cooperation in the Asia Pacific region'Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, vol. 22, pp. 1 - 6.

Holley C; Kennedy A, 2019, 'Governing the Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Regulating Unconventional Gas Development in Queensland, Australia', Jurimetrics, vol. 59, pp. 233 - 266.

Larson R; Holley C; Bowman D, 2019, 'The Energy/Water/Food Nexus: An Introduction' , Jurimetrics, vol. 59, pp. 1 - 14.

Couzens E; Stephens T; Solis M; Karim S; Holley C, 2018, 'Editorial: Governance and development in the Asia Pacific region'Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, vol. 21, pp. 77 - 80.

Holley C; Shearing C; Harrington C; Kennedy A; Mutongwizo T, 2018, 'Security and the Anthropocene: Law, Criminology, and International Relations'Annual Review of Law and Social Science, vol. 14, pp. 185 - 203.

Cuadrado-Quesada G; Holley C; Gupta J, 2018, 'Groundwater governance in the Anthropocene: a close look at Costa Rica'Water Policy, vol. 20, pp. 1 - 15.

Castilla Rho JC; Rojas R; Andersen MS; Holley C; Mariethoz G, 2017, 'Social tipping points in global groundwater management'Nature Human Behaviour, vol. 1, pp. 640 - 649.

Mutongwizo T; Holley C, 2017, 'Hydraulic Fracturing in the Karoo: Critical Legal and Environmental Perspectives'Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 34, pp. 459 - 463.

Holley C; Lecavalier E, 2017, 'Energy governance, energy security and environmental sustainability: A case study from Hong Kong'Energy Policy, vol. 108, pp. 379 - 389.

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2016, 'Rethinking Australian water law and governance - Successes, challenges and future directions Introduction'Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 33, pp. 275 - 283.

Holley C; Carmody E; Cosens B; Gardner A; Godden L; Gray J; Lee L; Lindsay B; Macpherson B; Nelson R; O’Donnell E; O’Neill L; Owens K; Sinclair D, 2016, 'The future of water reform in Australia — starting a conversation', Australian Environment Review, vol. 31, pp. 132 - 137.

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2016, 'Governing water markets: Achievements, limitations and the need for regulatory reform'Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 33, pp. 301 - 324.

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2016, 'Regulation, Technology, and Water: “Buy-In” as a Precondition for Effective Real- Time Advanced Monitoring, Compliance, and Enforcement'George Washington Journal of Energy & Environmental Law, vol. 7, pp. 52 - 66.

Gunningham N; Holley C, 2016, 'Next-Generation Environmental Regulation: Law, Regulation, and Governance'Annual Review of Law and Social Science, vol. 12, pp. 273 - 293.

Holley C, 2016, 'Linking Law and New Governance: Examining Gaps, Hybrids, and Integration in Water Policy'Law and Policy, vol. 38, pp. 24 - 53.

Timms WA; Holley C, 2016, 'Mine site water reporting practices, groundwater take and governance frameworks in the Hunter Valley coalfields, Australia. (Special Issue: Out of Mines, Out of Site: The water legacies of conventional mining)'Water International, vol. 41, pp. 351 - 370.

Holley C, 2015, 'Crafting Collaborative Governance: Water Resources, California's Delta Plan and Audited Self Management in New Zealand'Environmental Law Reporter: news and analysis, vol. 45, pp. 10324 - 10337.

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2014, 'A new water policy option for Australia?: Collaborative water governance, compliance and enforcement and audited self-management', The Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 17, pp. 189 - 216. 

Sofronova E; Holley C; Nagarajan V, 2014, 'Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations and Russian Environmental Governance: Accountability, Participation and Collaboration'Transnational Environmental Law, vol. 3, pp. 341 - 371.

Djalante R; Holley C; Thomalla F; Carnegie M, 2013, 'Pathways for adaptive and integrated disaster resilience'Natural Hazards, vol. 69, pp. 2105 - 2135.

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2013, 'Non-Urban Water Metering Policy: Water Users' Views on Metering Upgrades in New South Wales, Australia', The Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 16, pp. 101 - 131

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2013, 'Deliberative participation, environmental law and collaborative governance: Insights from surface and groundwater studies', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 30, pp. 32 - 55

Holley , 2012, 'Compliance and Enforcement of Water Licences in NSW: Limitations in Law, Policy and Institutions', The Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 15, pp. 149 - 189

Djalante R; Holley C; Thomalla F, 2011, 'Adaptive governance and managing resilience to natural hazards'International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 14.

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2011, 'Collaborative Governance and Adaptive Management: (Mis)Applications to Groundwater, Salinity and Run-Off'', The Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 14, pp. 37 - 69

Holley C; Gunningham N, 2011, 'Natural Resources, New Governance and Legal Regulation: When Does Collaboration Work?', New Zealand Universities Law Review, vol. 24, pp. 309 - 336

Gunningham N; Holley C, 2010, 'Bringing the ‘R’ Word Back: Regulation, environment protection and NRM'The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, vol. Occasional Paper.

Holley C, 2010, 'Facilitating monitoring, subverting self-interest and limiting discretion: Learning from new forms of accountability in practice', Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, vol. 35, pp. 127 - 212

Holley C, 2010, 'Removing the Thorn from New Governance’s Side: Examining the Emergence of Collaboration in Practice & the Roles for Law, Nested Institutions & Trust', Environmental Law Reporter: news and analysis, vol. 40, pp. 10656 - 10686

Holley C, 2010, 'Public participation, environmental law and new governance: Lessons for designing inclusive and representative participatory processes', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 27, pp. 360 - 391

Holley C, 2009, 'Aging gracefully? Examining the conditions for sustaining successful collaboration in environmental law and governance', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 26, pp. 457 - 485

Gunningham N; Holley C; Shearing C, 2007, 'Neighbourhood environment improvement plans: Community empowerment, voluntary collaboration and legislative design', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 24, pp. 125 - 151

Holley C; Gunningham N, 2006, 'Environment improvement Plans: Facilitative regulation in practice', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 23, pp. 448 - 464

Book Chapters:

Phelan L; Holley C; Shearing C; du Toit L, 2020, 'Insurance and climate change', in Brisman A; South N (ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology

Castilla Rho JC; Holley C; Castilla JC, 2019, 'Groundwater as a Common Pool Resource: Modelling, Management and the Complicity Ethic in a Non-collective World', in Valera L; Castilla JC (ed.), Global Changes: Ethics, Politics and Environment in the Contemporary Technological World, Springer, pp. 89 - 109.

Holley C; Shearing C, 2018, 'Thriving on a Pale Blue Dot: Criminology and the Anthropocene', in Criminology and the Anthropocene, eds. Criminology at the Edge, Routledge, pp. 1 - 24. 

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2018, 'Water Markets and Regulation: Implementation, Successes and Limitations', in Holley C; Sinclair D (ed.), Reforming Water Law and Governance From Stagnation to Innovation in Australia, Springer, Singapore, pp. 141 - 168.

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2018, 'Replenishing Australia’s Water Future: From Stagnation to Innovation', in Holley C; Sinclair D (ed.), Reforming Water Law and Governance: From Stagnation to Innovation in Australia, Springer Nature Singapore, Singapore, pp. 1 - 31.

Holley C; Sofronova E, 2017, 'New environmental governance: Adaptation, resilience and law', in Risk, Resilience, Inequality and Environmental Law, pp. 129 - 146.

Holley C; Shearing C, 2017, 'Nodal Governance', in Turner B; Kyung-Sup C; Epstein C; Kivisto P; Outhwaite W; Ryan J (ed.), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Wiley, pp. 1 - 2.

Holley C, 2017, 'Future Water: Improving Planning, Markets, Enforcement and Learning', in Levy R; O’Brien M; Rice S; Ridge P; Thornton M (ed.), New Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 253 - 262.

Holley C; Sinclair D, 2017, 'Enforcement strategies: inspection, targeting and escalation', in Paddock L; Markell D; Bryner N (ed.), Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Law, edn. Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, pp. 101 - 113.

Holley C; Shearing C, 2017, 'A nodal perspective of governance: Advances in nodal governance thinking', in Drahos P (ed.), Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications, ANU E-Press, Canberra, pp. 163 - 180.

Holley C, 2017, 'Environmental Regulation and Governance', in Drahos P (ed.), Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications, ANU E-Press, Canberra, pp. 741 - 758.

Holley C; Sinclair D; Lopez-Gunn E; Schlager E, 2016, 'Conjunctive Management Through Collective Action', in, Springer International Publishing, pp. 229 - 252.

Holley C, 2016, 'New Environmental Governance: Environmental Harms, Enforcement and Collaboration', in Spapens T; White R; Huisman W (ed.), Environmental Crime in Transnational Context Global Issues in Green Enforcement and Criminology, edn. Green Criminology, Routledge, pp. 157 - 173.

Holley C; Sinclair D; Lopez-Gunn E; Schlager E, 2016, 'Conjunctive Management Through Collective Action', in Jakeman T; Barreteau O; Hunt R; Rinaudo JD; Ross A (ed.), Integrated Groundwater Management: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges, Springer, pp. 229 - 252.

Holley C; Shearing C, 2016, 'Policing and New Environmental Governance', in Bradford B; Jauregui B; Loader I; Steinberg J (ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing, SAGE, pp. 552 - 572.

Gray J; Holley C; Rayfuse R, 2016, 'The Future of Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance', in Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance, Routledge, London, pp. 303 - 315

Gray J; Holley C; Rayfuse R, 2016, 'The challenge of trans-jurisdictional water law and governance', in Gray J; Holley C; Rayfuse R (eds), Trans-jurisdictional Water Law and Governance, Routledge, London, pp. 3 - 18.

Holley C; Lawson A, 2015, 'Implementing environmental law and collaborative governance', in Implementing Environmental Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 238 - 259.

Holley C; Jakeman A; Kelly (nee Letcher) R; Ticehurst J; Blakers R; Croke B; Curtis A; Fu B; El Sawah S; Gardner A; Guillame J; Hartley M; Hutchings P; Pannell D; Ross A; Sharp E; Sinclair D; Wilson A, 2013, 'Modelling for Managing the Complex Issue of Catchment-Scale Surface and Groundwater Allocation', in Obaidat MS; Filipe J; Kacprzyk J; Pina N (ed.), Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, Springer Science & Business Media.

Holley C, 2013, 'Transboundary Environmental Governance, Collaboration and the Law: Empirical Insights from Water and Natural Resource Management in Inland Queensland, Australia', in Marsden DS; Warner DR (ed.), Transboundary Environmental Governance: Inland, Marine and Coastal Areas, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Holley C, 2013, 'International Environmental Law and Australia and New Zealand', in Alam S (ed.), Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law, Routledge

Contact Cameron Holley: