Governing the Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Regulating Unconventional Gas Development in Queensland, Australia

Forthcoming, Jurimetrics Journal 59(2) Winter 2019

34 Pages Posted: 24 May 2019

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Cameron Holley

UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law, Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, Global Water Institute; University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice

Amanda Kennedy

University of New England (Australia) - School of Law

Date Written: January 3, 2018

Abstract

This Article provides a glimpse into a living laboratory for the governance of the energy-water-food nexus. It does so to expand our understanding of nexus governance, which has remained under-examined in the context of unconventional gas development. Focusing on a case study of unconventional gas development in the state of Queensland in Australia, the Article explores governance innovations to manage this energy source’s impact on water and food. The Article draws upon empirical data to identify a hybrid approach to nexus governance, involving a mix of four policy instruments, which each differently frames and responds to nexus challenges arising in this emerging governance space. Each instrument has strengths and weaknesses, which leads to the identification of at least two pathways for better governing nexus issues: (1) building governance hybrids that adapt existing approaches to ensure complementary policy responses to nexus issues; and (2) pursuing new holistic and collaborative governance systems that can navigate complex social, economic, and environmental problems. The aim is to further inform the governance debate on nexus issues, particularly in the context of unconventional gas, and its impacts on water and food.

Keywords: Nexus, Food-Energy-Water, Shale Gas, Coal Seam Gas, Unconventional Gas, Regulation, Governance, Australia, Fracking

Suggested Citation

Holley, Cameron and Kennedy, Amanda, Governing the Energy-Water-Food Nexus: Regulating Unconventional Gas Development in Queensland, Australia (January 3, 2018). Forthcoming, Jurimetrics Journal 59(2) Winter 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3378848

Cameron Holley (Contact Author)

UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law, Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, Global Water Institute ( email )

UNSW
Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Amanda Kennedy

University of New England (Australia) - School of Law ( email )

Australia

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