Associate Professor Karen Hussey

Ph.D; M.Econ.Sc; B.A (Econ&Pol)
Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science
T: +61261251036

Areas of expertise

  • Environment Policy 160507
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Comparative Government And Politics 160603
  • Public Policy 160510


Dr Karen Hussey is an Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, at the ANU, where she undertakes research on policies, institutions and governance for sustainable development. Karen also convenes two courses at the Fenner School: ENVS2013 Society and Environmental Change; and ENVS3028 Environmental Policy and she contributes to the University of Copenhagen's Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation course.

Karen is Lead Chief Investigator on two NCCARF projects on climate adaptation; Chief Investigator for an ARC Linkage project on trade and investment relations between Australia and the European Union; Co-Chair of the ANU Water Initiative; Program Director of the ANU-USSC 'AUSCEW' project on climate-energy-water links; and Board Member for the ANU-UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance,

Prior to taking up her position at the Fenner School, Karen was based in Brussels for 3.5 years as The Australian National University Vice Chancellor’s Representative in Europe, where she was responsible for developing the ANU’s research relationships and profile with European research teams and institutions.

Karen has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Melbourne, an M.Econ.Sc from University College Dublin, Ireland, and a B.A (Economics and Politics) from the University of Melbourne.

Researcher's projects

· [Lead] Chief Investigator, NCCARF (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility) project entitled ‘An assessment of Australia’s existing statutory frameworks, associated institutions, and policy processes: do they support or impede national adaptation planning and practice?’ Project partners: CSIRO and Queensland University of Technology. Project value: $557,250.

· [Lead] Chief Investigator, Hussey, K. And K. Sue, ‘Distributed Energy Storage in the ACT: An Assessment of Applications and Institutional Barriers’. Actew/ActewAGL Endowment Grant, commending January 2013. Value: $44,500.

· [Lead] Chief Investigator, NCCARF project entitled ‘Living with Floods: Key lessons from Australia and abroad’, Project partner: RMIT, ALGA. Project value: $100,000.

· Project Director, CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund project, ‘Defining meta-governance in the urban water sector’, with CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship. Project value: $150k.

· Chief Investigator, Bushfires and Natural Hazards Cooperation Research Centre, ‘Policies, Institutions and Governance of Natural Hazards’. Project value: $1.2m (2013-2020). Lead CI: A/Prof. Michael Eburn, College of Law, ANU.

· Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage Project ‘Trade and Business Relations between the European Union and Australia’. Partners: ANU, DAFF, DFAT, the European Commission, and the European Australia Business Council. Lead CI: Professor John Ravenhill, International Relations, College of Asia and Pacific, ANU. Project value: $435,000.

· Chief Investigator (non-EU participant), European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) project, ‘Assessment of EUROpean AGRIculture WATer use and trade under climate change (EURO-AGRIWAT)’. Project value: EUR 400,000.

· Program Director, ANU-USSC (United States Studies Centre), Australia-United States Climate, Energy and Water (AUSCEW). 2010-2013. Project value: $1.3m.

· Member, International Scientific Steering Committee, International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) conference on Climate Change 2014, October, Copenhagen.

Current student projects

Current PhD Students

"Institutional Rigidity in the National Electricity Market: Effects on Technology Integration and Network Adaptation"
Keith Sue

Beyond the pipeline: perceiving and managing the multi-scalar impacts of natural gas development on marine and coastal environments"
Claudia Benham

"Economic policy instruments and biodiversity conservation: evaluating outcomes, opportunities and risks"
Megan Evans

"Governing international trade in environmentally-significant products"
Sam McGlennon

"Models for Sustainability Consumption: Service and Access-based Business Models in Emerging Asian Economies"
Monique Retamal

"Tensions and Resolutions of Tenure: Australian Coal Seam Gas Development as a Case Study of Property Rights and Risk Perceptions"
David Turton

"Evaluating success in ecologically sustainability development in Australia's national policy frameworks"
Nadeem Samnakay

"Evaluating the effectiveness of natural resource policy implementation"
Awadhesh Prasad

"Understanding the social-equity dimensions of electricity and water supply"
Noel Chan (panel member)




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