Amy Constable
Amy Constable


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law

Degree type

Higher Degree Research

Research project topic

Environmental Law

PhD Candidate
BA, BSc (Hons) (ANU)

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

Professional memberships

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


YearAward name
2018Vice-Chancellor's HDR Travel Grant
2017Australian Government Research Training Program
2016Australian Postgraduate Award

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.
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