Amy Constable

PhD Candidate
BA, BSc (Hons) (ANU)

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Research Theme


Amy is currently undertaking a PhD with the ANU College of Law examining Australian policymaking processes. Amy's research involves a critical analysis of the emergence and formalisation of biodiversity offsetting as a policymaking tool to reduce net environmental loss due to residential, industrial and agricultural developments.

Amy has previously worked as a tutor for ENVS2013/6013: Society and Environmental Change and ENVS1001/6101: Geography of Sustainability at the Fenner School of Environment and Society (ANU). Amy has also served as co-convenor of the ANU Small Island Developing States research and discussion group from 2016-2017.

Prior to commencing her PhD candidature, Amy worked as a research assistant for The Australia Institute examining education policy, climate change, and environmental regulatory policy in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the Australian National University.


  • 2018: Research Visitor, John J. Reilly Center, University of Notre Dame du Lac, Indiana, USA
  • 2013: Visiting Summer Fellow, Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Conneticut, USA



  • Associate Member, The Climate Change Institute
  • Member, Society for Conservation Biology


Year Title
2018 Vice-Chancellor's HDR Travel Grant

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2017 Australian Government Research Training Program

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2016 Australian Postgraduate Award

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Significant research publications

Macintosh A, Gibbons P, Jones J, Constable A, & Wilkinson D, 2018 'Delays, stoppages and appeals: An empirical evaluation of the adverse impacts of environmental citizen suits in the New South Wales land and environmental court', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 69, pp. 94-103.

Constable A L,  2017, 'Climate Change And Migration In The Pacific: Options for Tuvalu and The Marshall Islands', Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Small Island Developing States, special issue of Regional Environmental Change, vol. 17, no. 9, pp. 1029-1038.

Gibbons, P, Macintosh, A, Constable, A L, Hayashi, K. 2017, 'Outcomes from 10 years of biodiversity offsetting', Global Change Biology, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13977.

Macintosh, A & Constable, A, 2017, 'Supply-side climate policies and the Yasuní-ITT Initiative', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 79-93.

Macintosh, A, Roberts, H & Constable, A, 2017, 'An Empirical Evaluation of Environmental Citizen Suits under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth.), Sydney Law Review, vol. 39, no. 1, p.85-121.

Conference papers & presentations

European Society for Conservation Biology '5th European Congress of Conservation Biology': Translating Policy Aspirations into Durable Policy: The Case of Biodiversity Offsetting in NSW (14 June 2018)

National Environmental Law Association Annual Conference 'Environmental Law: What could we do better?': Environmental Citizen Suits in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court (18 November 2016)


2016-2017: Co-Convenor, Small Island Developing States Reading and Discussion Group, Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Science, ANU

2017: Member, Public Institutions and Economics Reading and Discussion Group, Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Science, ANU

2017: Member, Law, Development and Environment Research Cluster, College of Law, ANU

Past courses

Primary supervisor external

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