Newcastle Law School

Environmental Regulation

Environmental Regulation Research Group

Research Group

Newcastle Law School has a long tradition of doing research into environmental and energy regulation. Our work has been funded by the AHRC, the ESRC as well as ReFINE and forms the basis for our environmental law and regulation teaching on undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. In addition, members of the Group have a strong track-record in supervising postgraduate research students, undertaking research into all areas of environmental and energy regulation.

Our work engages a wide range of different areas of environmental and energy regulation across a range of jurisdictions, including England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland, international and EU law.

Our most recent projects include research into climate change, common land, the challenges arising from Brexit in the context of the environment, hydraulic fracturing, nature conservation, waste law, protection of indigenous communities and island states.


Within the Law School, the Group’s expertise is manifested in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

The aims of the Environmental Regulation Research Group is to bring together leading scholars from different disciplines to address legal challenges of regulating environmental issues and to apply this research in our environmental law teaching and supervision of postgraduate students.

We aim to engage with the most pressing environmental problems from a legal and regulatory perspective and work with a wide range of stakeholders, including environmental organisation, the legal profession, public authorities and private companies to ensure our research has impact.

Previous Activities

Within the Environmental Regulation Research Group a broad range of interdisciplinary research is carried out in environmental law and environmental policy. For example:

The Group’s expert members make regular media appearances and comment on current affairs, including on Brexit as well as on local environmental issues and make regular contributions to the Conversation. Recent examples include articles on marine protected areas and enforcement of environmental law.