Services & Engaged Scholarship
We develop policies and strategies to improve rural sustainability and social justice.
The AgLaw Centre aims to provide benefits to rural communities that are real and strategic.
Law and policy research
We offer a proven approach to the conceptualisation, design and management of research. We have a history of delivering excellent policy and institutional research outcomes, on time and within budget. We work effectively with local and international bodies, from farming, environmental and social improvement perspectives. We take seriously the challenge of ensuring that high quality research is delivered in ways that increase the likelihood of adoption.
Our study options provide the depth and breadth of knowledge needed by the future leaders in sustainability. Units of study are available to law and non-law graduates, and are focused on policy-creation skills.
Our research students work under the supervision of the AgLaw team to develop new theories and methods to deal with issues of sustainable agriculture and rural communities. Key characteristics of our supervision include:
- a team approach to supervision, involving staff of the Centre, collaborators within UNE, and a network of adjuncts and associates
- the potential to access scholarships and supportive research fellowships
- an emphasis on ensuring that the student does have access to research collaborators, through our approach to engaged scholarship.
Engaged scholarship is empirical research carried out in partnership with public and private stakeholders, addressing critical social issues and contributing to the public good.
- In working with these collaborators, our objective is to improve social and economic welfare of people in rural areas.
- This collaborative work is at the cutting edge of international developments; illustrated by working with organisations, such as Penn State University in the United States, the Icelandic Soil Conservation Service, the United Nations University, the Global Environment Fund and various arms of the IUCN.
- We combine traditional doctrinal legal scholarship with advanced multi-disciplinary methods.