Andrea Ross

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Professor of Environmental Law
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Bio

Biography

Andrea Ross joined what is now the School of Law at the University of Dundee in 1996, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in January 2000, to Reader in 2011 and to Professor of Environmental Law in 2012. She was previously a lecturer in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen. A qualified barrister and solicitor in Ontario Canada, she has also worked as corporate counsel in the head office of investment company Midland Walwyn Inc.
 
Professor Ross has taught and researched in the areas of public and environmental law for almost 20 years.  The co-author of a book on Scottish devolution and the editor of a collection on environmental regulation, she is most well-known for her extensive research into the concept of sustainable development.  Her book Sustainable Development Law in the UK from Rhetoric to Reality (2012, Earthscan / Routledge) among other things, explores how law can be used to support best practice in implementing sustainable development. Ms Ross has held research grants from the AHRC, ESRC, British Academy, British Council, UKCLE, SPTL, Scottish Natural Heritage and Overseas Development Agency. She has contributed to inquiries both in the UK and Scottish Parliaments.
 
She regularly responds to consultations in relation to UK, Scottish and Welsh environmental and planning law and is the academic member of the Law Society for Scotland’s planning law sub-committee. She is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, Socio-Legal Studies Association, International Sustainable Development Research Society and is a regular contributor to academic and professional journals and conferences.

Teaching

Undergraduate:- Foundations of Law, English Property Law, Planning law, Environmental law

Postgraduate:- Environmental Regulation, Sustainable Development, Environmental Justice.

Professor Ross offers research supervision in the fields of environmental law and policy, planning law, sustainable development law, multi-level governance and constitutional law.
 
Ms Ross regularly presents at seminars on Education for Sustainable Development such as those provided by the Higher Education Academy, individual universities and the United Kingdom Centre for Legal Education. In 2002, she was part of the team which produced a report into the teaching of environmental law funded by UKCLE.

Research

Two overarching themes are prominent in her research: the accountability of government and the implementation of sustainable development. Recent work on governance includes an examination of the implementation of Community law in the Scotland and Wales post devolution funded by the AHRC.

Work into governance for sustainable development has examined the evolution of the UK’s interpretation of sustainable development and its effect on the Government's environmental agenda; the UK approach to sustainable development in government as a case study in joined up working; the approach taken in Scotland to sustainable development in government post devolution; the use of the term ‘sustainable development’ in Acts / Measures of the UK, Scottish, NI and Welsh legislatures, and the relationship between strategies and indicators for sustainable development.

Funding from the British Council allowed Ms Ross to re examine the value of sustainable development in the context of  21st century issues such as climate change. Together with Jones (Aberyswyth) and fundined by the AHRC, she is examining the connections and tensions between nationalist and sustainability discourses. Her work is informing action on embedding sustainable development in Scotland by the Scottish Parliament and also in Wales,  where it is highly relevant to the design of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.

 

Publications

Ross, A & Zasinaite, A 2017,

'The use of presumptions and duties in sustainable development equations: promoting micro-renewables and preserving historic buildings' Environmental Law Review, vol 19, no. 2, pp. 93-112. DOI:
10.1177/1461452917710143

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A & Jones, R 2016,

'Connections and tensions between nationalist and sustainability discourses in the Scottish legislative process' Journal of Law and Society, vol 43, no. 2, pp. 228-256. DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-6478.2016.00750.x

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Jones, R & Ross, A 2016,

'National sustainabilities' Political Geography, vol 51, pp. 53-62. DOI:
10.1016/j.polgeo.2015.12.002

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2015,

'The future Scotland wants: Is it really all about sustainable economic growth?' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 19, no. 1, pp. 66-100. DOI:
10.3366/elr.2015.0251

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2014,

'Consultation on the Statutory Guidance on the General Purpose for SEPA and its contribution towards sustainable Development', pp. 78-79, Scottish Planning and Environmental Law, August 2014 164.

Research output: Contribution To Periodical



Dernbach, JC & Ross, A 2013,

'The Sustainable Relationship: What the United States and the United Kingdom Can Teach Each Other About Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the National Level' The Environmental Forum, vol 30, no. 3, pp. 30-34.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2012,

Why legislation is needed. in A Nicholl & J Osmond (eds), Wales' Central Organising Principle. Institute of Welsh Affairs, Cardiff, pp. 34-44.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Reid, C & Ross, A 2012,

Environmental governance in the UK. in M Alberton & F Palermo (eds), Environmental protection in multi-layered systems: comparative lessons from the water sector. Studies in Territorial and Cultural Diversity Governance, vol. 1, Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, pp. 161- 185.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Ross, A 2012,

Sustainable development law in the UK: from rhetoric to reality? Earthscan, Abingdon.

Research output: Book Anthology



Ross, A 2012,

Mechanisms: Sustainable Development Indicators. in A Ross (ed.), Sustainable Development Law in the UK : From rhetoric to reality. Earthscan, Abingdon, pp. 211-233.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Reid, CT & Ross, A 2012,

Environmental governance in the United Kingdom. in Environmental Protection in Multi-Layered Systems: Comparative Lessons from the Water Sector. vol. 1, Studies in Territorial and Cultural Diversity Governance, vol. 1, Martinus Nijhoff, pp. 161-186.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Ross, A 2010,

Sustainable development indicators and a putative argument for law: a case study of the UK. in Global justice and sustainable development. Global justice and sustainable development, Martinus Nijhoff.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Ross, A 2010,

'Review of The Principle of Sustainability: Transforming Law and Governance, by Klaus Bosselmann' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 22, no. 3, pp. 509-511. DOI:
10.1093/jel/eqq018

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2010,

'It's time to get serious: why legislation is needed to make sustainable development a reality in the UK' Sustainability, vol 2, no. 4, pp. 1101-1127. DOI:
10.3390/su2041101

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A & Nash, H 2009,

'European Union environmental law: who legislates for whom in a devolved Great Britain' Public Law, vol n/a, no. 3, pp. 564-594.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A, Nash, H & Reid, CT 2009,

'The implementation of EU environmental law in Scotland' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 13, no. 2, pp. 224-251. DOI:
10.3366/E1364980909001371

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2009,

'Modern interpretations of sustainable development' Journal of Law and Society, vol 36, no. 1, pp. 32-54. DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-6478.2009.00455.x

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2008,

'Why legislate for sustainable development?: an examination of sustainable development provisions in UK and Scottish statutes' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 35-68. DOI:
10.1093/jel/eqm019

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2008,

'"Enforcement of European Union environmental law-legal issues and challenges" edited by Martin Hedemann-Robinson' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 20, no. 2, pp. 328-330. DOI:
10.1093/jel/eqn009

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Nash, H, Ross, A & Reid, CT 2007,

'Multi-level governance - a study of the implementation of environmental law in post-devolution Scotland' Environmental Law and Management, vol 19, no. 4, pp. 159-169.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2006,

'Sustainable development in Scotland post devolution' Environmental Law Review, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 6-32. DOI:
10.1350/enlr.2006.8.1.6

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A 2005,

'The U.K. approach to delivering sustainable development in government: a case study in joined up working' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 17, no. 1, pp. 27-49. DOI:
10.1093/envlaw/eqi002

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A & Crespo, MS 2003,

'The effect of devolution on the implementation of European Community law in Spain and the United Kingdom' European Law Review, vol 28, no. 2, pp. 210-230.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Tait, J, Allan, A & Ross-Robertson, A 2002,

The precautionary principle: its relevance and application to the work of SEPA (Draft report). Scottish Universities Policy Research and Advice Network , Edinburgh.

Research output: Book Anthology



Belcher, A & Ross, A 2001,

'The case for job-sharing elected representatives' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 380-393. DOI:
10.3366/elr.2001.5.3.380

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A (ed.) 2000,

Environment and regulation. Hume papers on public policy, no. 8(2), Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

Research output: Book Anthology



Ross, A 2000,

Introduction [to Environment and regulation]. in A Ross (ed.), Environment and regulation. Hume papers on public policy, no. 8(2), Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 1-5.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Ross, A 2000,

Justifying environmental regulation. in A Ross (ed.), Environment and regulation. Hume papers on public policy, no. 8(2), Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 6-37.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Ross, A 2000,

The institutional framework. in Countryside law in Scotland. T & T Clark, pp. 23-49.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Ross, A 2000,

'Greening government - tales from the new sustainability watchdog' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 12, no. 2, pp. 175-196. DOI:
10.1093/jel/12.2.175

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Rowan-Robinson, J & Ross, A 1999,

Non-regulatory instruments and public access to environmental information. in Environmental justice and market mechanisms: key challenges for environmental law and policy. Environmental justice and market mechanisms: key challenges for environmental law and policy, Kluwer Law International, pp. 265-274.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Page, A, Reid, CT & Ross, A 1999,

A guide to the Scotland Act 1998. Butterworths, Edinburgh.

Research output: Book Anthology



Ross, A & Stockdale, A 1996,

'Multiple environmental designations: a case study of their effectiveness for the Ythan Estuary' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, vol 14, no. 1, pp. 89-100.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Rowan-Robinson, J, Ross, A, Walton, W & Rothnie, J 1996,

'Public access to environmental information: a means to what end?' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 19-42. DOI:
10.1093/jel/8.1.19

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Ross, A, Rowan-Robinson, J & Walton, W 1995,

'Sustainable development in Scotland: the role of Scottish Natural Heritage' Land Use Policy, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 237-252. DOI:
10.1016/0264-8377(94)00006-L

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Lloyd, MG & Ross, AT 1994,

'Pollution control, the environment and a Scottish environmental protection agency' Scottish Geographical Magazine, vol 110, no. 3, pp. 192-197. DOI:
10.1080/00369229418736929

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Rowan-Robinson, J & Ross, A 1993,

'Compensation for environmental protection in Britain: a legislative lottery' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 5, no. 2, pp. 245-259. DOI:
10.1093/jel/5.2.245

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Activities

Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) Workshop on Mainstreaming Sustainable Development

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

30 4 2013