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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, Honorary Associate at the Sydney Environment Insitute, and Climate Councillor for the Climate Council.

Madeline specialises in issues at the intersection of energy and natural resources law, as well as property and commercial law. Her research advances a novel examination of transitioning energy regulation and energy policy conflicts from a comparative and socio-legal perspective, including the strategic governance of energy and the fragmentation of ownership rights between the state, corporations, and landholders.

Her current research focuses on the law concerning petroleum and renewable energy conflicts, landholder rights, and the protection of sensitive land uses. 

She has published widely examining issues of energy regulation, including her recent 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 the jurisdictions with the highest concentration of proven unconventional gas reserves.

Madeline works with researchers in law, science, and the humanities on questions relating to the energy transition, energy conflicts, property rights, and community-based governance. 

She has advised government, industry and NGOs on issues relating to the energy transition, energy regulation and policy and has provided expert submissions and advice to the NSW Government, World Bank, NOPSEMA, and the Independent Planning Commission.

Madeline teaches in the areas of commercial law, energy law, and property law. Prior to joining Macquarie, Madeline held academic positions at Sydney University, Bond University, University of Queensland and the University of British Columbia.

Research interests

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


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External positions

Councillor, Climate Council of Australia

2021 → …

Reviewer, Land Use Policy

2021 → …

Mentor, Summer Innovation Program - Sustainability Stream


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 → …

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

2019 → …

Member, Sydney Institute of Agriculture

2018 → …


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