Dr David Turton

BA (Hons.) (JCU), LLB (JCU), Dip Govt. (APSC), PhD (ANU)
Honorary Lecturer, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Human Geography 1604

Research interests

  • Legal geography
  • Coal seam gas
  • Ombudsman
  • Environmental oversight offices


I am a legal geographer with an interest in extractive industries, particularly coal seam gas. I also have an ongoing research interest in the ombudsman institution, with a recent focus on the ACT's Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. My PhD examined aspects of Australia's coal seam gas controversy, with an emphasis on the sector's legal geography, publishing several papers from this work. A recent offshoot of this research is a book chapter that explores the place of lawyers in legal geography research methods and the challenges and opportunities this profession presents to researchers.

Researcher's projects

ACT Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment 

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