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 & 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



Press

'Young thinker' title for law lecturer Kirsteen

  • Published: 17/11/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

A Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee has been named Scotland and Northern Ireland Young Thinker of the Year for 2011 for her ideas on how to 'rethink the recession'. Kirsteen Shields (28), originally from Glasgow, was awarded the title by the Young Scotland and Northern Ireland Programme, the organisation founded by the journalist Kenneth Roy. Kirsteen's pre…

Young Scientist Award for Dundee medical student

  • Published: 19/09/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A final year medical student from the University of Dundee has received a Young Scientist Award at a prestigious medical conference in recognition of her outstanding work on the impact of antibiotic resistance worldwide and its implications for pneumonia patients. The European Respiratory Society made the award to Catriona Rother (24), originally from Edinburgh, at t…

Yes and No voters more alike than they might think, claims study

  • Published: 25/03/2015
  • Press clipping: Research

www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/dundee/yes-and-no-voters-more-alike-than-they-might-think-claims-study-1.855595

Will the oil price continue to fall?

  • Published: 10/01/2016
  • Press clipping: Other

Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Will the oil price continue to fall?"

Will 2013 be seen as the international Year of Water law Cooperation?

  • Published: 02/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

2013 – the UN Year of Water Cooperation – is a big year for international water law. The UN Watercourses Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, may well enter into force before 2014 – only five additional ratifications are required. In addition, the amendment to the UNECE Helsinki Convention, which would allow non-UNECE States to join, is likely to b…

Why you should make plans for digital death

  • Published: 13/02/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

The Sunday Post. Quotes from me appar in the 2/3 page article.

Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?

  • Published: 21/08/2015
  • Press clipping: Other

Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?"  

Why crowds are good for you

  • Published: 18/10/2012
  • Press clipping: Research

Participation is important for well-being, according to scientists Being stuck in a crowd of a million people doesn’t sound like much fun, but according to the latest research, being with others - even during difficult conditions - can actually be good for well-being. The study, into the biggest religious festival on earth, the Magh Mela, suggests that participation …

WHO status for dental school unit

  • Published: 01/11/2004
  • Press clipping: Research

The Unit of Dental and Oral Health and Health Psychology at the Dental School has been designated a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Issues on Congenital Anomalies and Technology Transfer. Professor Peter Mossey, has been appointed Head of the Centre. Since his arrival at the University in 1994, Peter has established a track reco…

What happens to a couple's digital life after break up?

  • Published: 24/02/2016
  • Press clipping: Research

During a romantic relationship, a couple is likely to create, accumulate and share many digital possessions such as videos, photos, chat histories, and shared accounts like Netflix. These digital possessions can cue precious memories, but if the relationship ends these possessions don't just disappear, they need to be dealt with in some way.  

WATCH: Stephen Fry congratulates Dundee academics for awards victories

  • Published: 13/01/2017
  • Press clipping: Research

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/348021/watch-stephen-fry-congratulates-dundee-academics-awards-victories/ by Ciaran Sneddon January 13 2017, 3.25pm Updated: January 13 2017, 12.15pm Stephen Fry said he hopes to visit Dundee this year as he praised university academics for helping transform lives in Scotland and across the world. The writer and broad…

Vitamin D shown not to lower blood pressure in older adults with high blood pressure

  • Published: 12/08/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Treatment with Vitamin D does not help reduce high blood pressure in older people, a new study from the University of Dundee has shown. Researchers in the School of Medicine examined the effects of Vitamin D supplements provided to patients aged 70 and over who had isolated systolic hypertension - the most common type of high blood pressure among older people. Previo…

Visitors to the Botanic Gardens can also now enjoy a science lesson, thanks to a new genetics garden.

  • Published: 29/10/2013
  • Press clipping: Other

Article and photo in The Courier

Viewpoint: A Macroscopic Tractor Beam with Acoustic Waves

  • Published: 30/04/2014
  • Press clipping: Research

Among the many examples of how science fiction and fantasy have inspired real science, an interesting one is the “tractor beam,” first conceived by the chemical engineer and writer Edward E. Smith in the 1930s in his novel Spacehounds of IPC. Smith’s hypothetical device was a beam capable of pulling any macroscopic object from a distance. In the case of a light beam,…

UUJ thank Professor

  • Published: 01/09/2014
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RTPI Northern Ireland PlaNIt

Utilización de floúr y decir adiós a los azúcares es el camino contra las caries (Using Fluoride and saying goodbye to sugar to protect against cavities)

  • Published: 09/04/2014
  • Press clipping: Other

La odontopediatra y especialista en Cariologia del Reino Unido, doctora Nicola Innes, fue invitada por la Facultad de Odontologia de la Ufro para dictar dos conferencias. (The pediatric dentist and specialist in the UK, Dr Nicola Innes, was invited by the Faculty of Dentistry of UFRO to deliver two lectures.)

Uptake of Smoking During Transition to Adulthood

  • Published: 21/04/2008
  • Press clipping: Research

Resaearch to explore the reasons why young people start smoking

Unnecessary ward moves - bad for patients, bad for healthcare systems

  • Published: 29/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Unnecessary ward moves are becoming increasingly common and have adverse consequences both for patients and for hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Dundee. Professor Marion McMurdo and Dr Miles Witham have drawn attention to the practice of 'boarding' patients - moving individuals from their own base specialty ward to other wards to accommodate…

University of Dundee researcher awarded £1.9M to combat Parkinson's disease

  • Published: 16/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A scientist at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1.9M from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the causes of Parkinson's disease. Dr Miratul Muqit has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science to undertake research over the next 5…

Activities

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

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

30 4 2013