Undergraduate:- Foundations of Law, English Property Law, Planning law, Environmental law
Postgraduate:- Environmental Regulation, Sustainable Development, Environmental Justice.
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.
'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:
'National sustainabilities' Political Geography, vol 51, pp. 53-62. DOI:
'The future Scotland wants: Is it really all about sustainable economic growth?' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 19, no. 1, pp. 66-100. DOI:
'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.
'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.
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.
Sustainable development law in the UK: from rhetoric to reality? Earthscan, Abingdon.
Mechanisms: Sustainable Development Indicators. in A Ross (ed.), Sustainable Development Law in the UK : From rhetoric to reality. Earthscan, Abingdon, pp. 211-233.
Why legislation is needed. in A Nicholl & J Osmond (eds), Wales' Central Organising Principle. Institute of Welsh Affairs, Cardiff, pp. 34-44.
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.
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.
'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:
'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:
'The implementation of EU environmental law in Scotland' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 13, no. 2, pp. 224-251. DOI:
'European Union environmental law: who legislates for whom in a devolved Great Britain' Public Law, vol n/a, no. 3, pp. 564-594.
'Modern interpretations of sustainable development' Journal of Law and Society, vol 36, no. 1, pp. 32-54. DOI:
'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:
'"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:
'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.
'Sustainable development in Scotland post devolution' Environmental Law Review, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 6-32. DOI:
'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:
'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.
The precautionary principle: its relevance and application to the work of SEPA (Draft report). Scottish Universities Policy Research and Advice Network , Edinburgh.
'The case for job-sharing elected representatives' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 380-393. DOI:
Environment and regulation. Hume papers on public policy, no. 8(2), Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
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.
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.
The institutional framework. in Countryside law in Scotland. T & T Clark, pp. 23-49.
'Greening government - tales from the new sustainability watchdog' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 12, no. 2, pp. 175-196. DOI:
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.
A guide to the Scotland Act 1998. Butterworths, Edinburgh.
'Public access to environmental information: a means to what end?' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 19-42. DOI:
'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.
'Sustainable development in Scotland: the role of Scottish Natural Heritage' Land Use Policy, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 237-252. DOI:
'Pollution control, the environment and a Scottish environmental protection agency' Scottish Geographical Magazine, vol 110, no. 3, pp. 192-197. DOI:
'Compensation for environmental protection in Britain: a legislative lottery' Journal of Environmental Law, vol 5, no. 2, pp. 245-259. DOI:
Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) Workshop on Mainstreaming Sustainable Development
Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course
The Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) is an initiative funded by Defra and co-ordinated by the Policy Studies Institute to strengthen the links between researchers and policymakers working on sustainable development. The Edinburgh workshop had have two themes – mainstreaming sustainable development, and using scrutiny to drive change. Around 20 policymakers, legislators and researchers based in Scotland were invited to attend the workshop. Ross' talk focused on the value of certain mechanisms in the mainstreaming process including: strategies, statutory duties, procedures, co-ordination mechanism like cabinet committees, the allocation of responsibility to specified persons etc. as well as the need for increased leadership for SD inside and outside government.