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Dr Madeline Taylor is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University, Deputy Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Innovation and Transformation (CENRIT) at Macquarie University and Honorary Associate at the Sydney Environment Institute.

Madeline specialises in issues at the intersection of energy and natural resources law within the energy transition, as well as property and commercial law. Her research advances the novel examination of transitioning energy regulation and energy policy from comparative and socio-legal perspectives, including the strategic governance of energy and the fragmentation of ownership rights between the state, energy developers, and landholders. Her current research focuses on the law concerning renewable energy development and energy justice.

Madeline has published widely in energy regulatory frameworks and policy across complex and multiple land uses. This is the topic of her co-authored manuscript, Agricultural Land Use and Natural Gas Extraction Conflicts: A Global Socio-Legal Perspective (Routledge, 2019), examining the socio-regulatory dimensions between agricultural and onshore unconventional gas land uses in across nine international jurisdictions with the highest concentration of proven unconventional gas reserves. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Bergen, Norway and the University of British Columbia, Canada. 

Madeline works with researchers in law, science, and the humanities in her role as a Climate Councillor for the Climate Council and with regional communities and the renewable energy industry in her role on the Management Committee of RE-Alliance on questions relating to the energy transition, property rights, and community-based governance. She is a member of the Executive Consultation Group of the OECD's Blue Dot Network, a member of the IUCN World Commission on
Environmental Law (WCEL), and is a contributing author to the Lexis Nexis flagship energy law practitioner text Energy and Resources Law.

She has advised government, industry and NGOs on issues relating to the energy transition, energy regulation and policy and has provided expert submissions and reports to the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA), the NSW Government, World Bank, NOPSEMA, and the Independent Planning Commission. She is a regular contributor to domestic and international media outlets on energy law and policy and has been featured as an expert on ABC's Landline.

Madeline has diverse teaching experience in the areas of commercial law, energy law, property law and corporate law. Prior to joining Macquarie, Madeline held positions at the University of Sydney, Bond University and the University of Queensland.

Research interests

Dr Taylor's research interests concern interdisciplinary aspects of the nexus between energy and the law in facilitating the energy transition. Her research areas of interest include:

  • Energy Law
  • Energy Policy
  • Agricultural Policy
  • Agricultural Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Property Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Socio-Legal Regulation

Teaching

Dr Taylor has taught across a range of subjects inncluding energy law, commercial law, property law and corporate law.

At Macquarie University, she currently convenes:

  • Foundations of Commercial Law LAWS5021
  • Commercial Law LAWS8023

Research student supervision

Dr Taylor is open to consultations regarding prospective Higher Degree Research (Masters, PhD) and Postdoctoral project primary or associate supervision in the following subject areas:

  • Energy Regulation and Policy: Regulatory responses to the energy transition; regulating new energy technologies onshore and offshore; energy storage; conflicts over resource use; energy justice; comparative energy law.
  • Land protection and planning law: Impact assessments for energy projects; development approvals; land use planning for energy; property law tensions and landholder interests; co-location of multiple land use interests; agricultural land protection
  • Commercial Energy Law: Leasing and licencing for energy development; energy governance and energy security; responses to impacts of climate change and energy resilience.

If you are interested in undertaking postgraduate or postdoctoral research with Dr Taylor please familiarise yourself with Macquarie University's HDR programs, and contact her via email.

External positions

Executive Consultation Group (ECG) , OECD Blue Dot Network

2022 → …

Management Committee , RE Alliance

2022 → …

Councillor, Climate Council of Australia

2021 → …

Reviewer, Energy Policy

2021 → …

Reviewer, Land Use Policy

2021 → …

Co-Editor, Special Issue, Evolution of Energy Justice for a 2060 Sustainable World, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews

2021 → …

Mentor, Summer Innovation Program - Sustainability Stream

2021

Honorary Associate, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney

2021 → …

Member, Australian Institute of Energy

2020 → …

Assessor, Australian Research Council

2020 → …

Contributor, Oil, Gas and Energy Law Journal

2020 → …

Expert Consultant, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

2019 → …

Associate Editor, Energy and Environment

2019 → …

Contributing Author, Lexis Nexis

2019 → …

Energy and Environmental Law Assessor, The Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Publication Prize

2019 → …

Hon, Sydney Institute of Agriculture

2018 → …

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