Mr Peter Burnett

Honorary Associate Professor, PhD Candidate
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Research interests


Peter is a former senior officer of the federal environment department, now researching for a PhD in environmental policy and law. He was the Environment Management Authority for the ACT in the late 1990s and from 2000 to 2013 held a number of senior leadership positions in the Federal Department of Environment which involved the development of national pollution standards, Australia's international participation in chemical and waste issues, World and National Heritage, environmental impact assessment of major developments, and reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Past events

Peter Burnett
1.00PM to 2.30PM PhD oral presentation
  • Peter Burnett

Peter Burnett has been researching Australia’s national policies on Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD). 

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.


Peter is researching the development and implementation of environmental meta-policy in Australia from the 1970s to date, particularly national frameworks for implementing ecologically sustainable development (ESD). To the extent that shortcomings in ESD frameworks are identified, Peter is working on principles of institutional design and decision-rules to better achieve the objectives of ESD.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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