About us

Internationally recognised for our groundbreaking work on regulation, RegNet undertakes interdisciplinary research and education that aims to improve the governance of major social, environmental and health issues. Our work is based on principles of social justice, sustainability and human wellbeing. We develop and test regulatory theory, provide rigorous empirical evidence on complex governance challenges and proactively engage in public and policy debates in Australia, the Asia Pacific region and internationally.

RegNet’s current research clusters around four thematic areas: Climate, energy & the environment; Law, justice and human rights; Society, safety & health; Trade, investment & intellectual property. We welcome new research directions.

See what we accomplished last year in our 2019 Annual Report.

Our Strategic Plan 2016-2020 sets out our vision and aims for the immediate future.

List of Thematic Research Areas

Climate, energy & the environment cluster

Climate, energy & the environment

This cluster has four broad regulatory and governance research themes: identifying obstacles and options for effective energy governance; analysing state and private governance mechanisms for...

Law, justice & human rights

RegNet is one of world’s leading centres for socio-legal research. This cluster aims to lead the development of transformative ideas in the fields of criminology and restorative justice; human...

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Society, safety and health

The Society, Safety and Health cluster has four research themes:

  • Policy processes and the social determinants of health inequities
  • Governance for health equity
  • Food...

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Trade, investment & intellectual property

This cluster looks at the impacts of the trade, investment and intellectual property regimes on the regulatory sovereignty and capacity of states and the consequences that flow from those impacts...

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet