Associate Professor Amelia Thorpe
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Amelia Thorpe

BEnvDes BArch (Hons) UWA, BPolSt (City Policy) (Hons) Murdoch, BA (Jurisprudence) (Hons) Oxford, LLM, Harvard, PhD, ANU

Law & Justice
School of Law, Society & Criminology

Amelia Thorpe is Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Studies in Law. Amelia works in planning, property and environmental law, with an emphasis on social and environmental justice. Her approach is sociolegal and interdisciplinary, drawing on professional experience in planning and urban development and in public interest environmental law. Amelia has a particular interest in the governance of streets and is currently leading research on food delivery cyclists funded by the Office of Road Safety.

Amelia is the author of Owning the Street: The Everyday Life of Property (MIT Press, 2020) and articles in journals including Journal of Law & Society, Law & Society Review, Social & Legal Studies, Planning Theory & Practice and Urban Studies. Her essays and commentary have appeared in The Conversation, Griffith Review, The Guardian and The Sydney Morning Herald, among other venues. Some of Amelia’s publications can be downloaded freely at: http://ssrn.com/author=2832516 and reviews of Owning the Street can be found in Contemporary Sociology; Emotion, Space & Society; Journal of Sociology; Landscape Journal; Legalities; and Planning Theory.

Amelia is co-editor of Australian Planner, the journal of record for the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), and serves on the editorial board of Environmental & Planning Law Journal. She also serves on the City of Sydney Local Planning Panel and the board of Shelter NSW, and was founding co-chair of the PIA NSW Women in Planning Network, leading the development of Australia’s first national gender equity policy for the planning profession. Amelia has also served on numerous bodies focused on inclusion and diversity at UNSW, including as co-chair of the UNSW Women in Research Network, chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee in Law and Deputy Academic Lead of Athena Swan.

Amelia joined UNSW Law in 2012, having worked previously as a director at the Environmental Defender’s Office, Australia’s largest and oldest public interest environmental law organisation. Amelia led the EDO’s legal outreach programs, including indigenous and community engagement in NSW and a capacity-building program for environmental law in the Pacific region, working primarily on climate change at national and international levels.

Before Law Amelia studied Architecture and City Policy, and worked for the planning, transport and housing departments in Western Australia. This included the award-winning TravelSmart and Liveable Neighbourhoods programs, as well as New Metro Rail, then the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the state, and Dialogue with the City, a deliberative planning process involving more than 1,000 people. A particular interest in the policy and regulatory aspects of urban development led her to study law. Amelia completed law degrees at the University of Oxford and at Harvard Law School and, later, a PhD at ANU.

Amelia has three young children and works part time.

Phone
+61 2 9385 7602
Location
Room 314 The Law Building University of New South Wales UNSW Kensington Campus Sydney NSW 2052 Australia (Access via Gate 2 off High Street)
  • Books | 2020
    Thorpe A, 2020, Owning the Street: The Everyday Life of Property, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/owning-street
  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Flynn A; Thorpe A, 2021, 'Pandemic pop-ups and the performance of legality', in Doucet B; van Melik R; Filion P (ed.), Volume 3: Public Space and Mobility, Bristol University Press, Bristol, https://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/volume-3-public-space-and-mobility
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Thorpe AL, 2017, 'Between rights in the city and the right to the city: Heritage, character and public participation in urban planning', in Durbach A; Lixinski L (ed.), Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging legal discourses, Hart, Univ New South Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIA, pp. 121 - 147, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424085200006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Thorpe AL; Stickells L; Moore T, 2017, 'Pop-up justice? Reflecting on relationships in the temporary city', in Hennebury J (ed.), Transience and Permanence in Urban Development, Wiley, pp. 151 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119055662.ch10
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Thorpe AL, 2016, 'Land Use Planning', in The Environmental Law Handbook - Planning and Land Use in New South Wales, edn. 6th, Thomson Reuters
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Beck B; Thorpe A; Timperio A; Giles-Corti B; William C; de Leeuw E; Christian H; Corben K; Stevenson M; Backhouse M; Ivers R; Hayek R; Raven R; Bolton S; Ameratunga S; Shilton T; Zapata-Diomedi B, 2022, 'Active transport research priorities for Australia', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2021.101288
    Journal articles | 2021
    Morgan B; Thorpe A; Cooper D, 2021, 'The hopeful edges of power: Radical governance and acting ‘as if’', Griffith Review, vol. 73, pp. 233 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.25904/1912/4266
    Journal articles | 2021
    Thorpe A, 2021, '"This Land is Yours": Ownership and Agency in the Sharing City', Journal of Law and Society, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-6478.2021-SLSA-Conference
    Journal articles | 2021
    Thorpe A, 2021, 'Reclaiming the Streets? Possibilities for Post-Pandemic Public Space', Town Planning Review, vol. 92, http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/tpr.2020.36
    Journal articles | 2021
    Thorpe A, 2021, 'Regulatory Gentrification: Documents, displacement and the loss of low-income housing', Urban Studies, vol. 58, pp. 2623 - 2639, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098020960569
    Journal articles | 2021
    Thorpe A; Williamson S, 2021, 'Trusted institutions: Expertise, gender, and legitimacy on planning panels', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 80, pp. 638 - 644, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12511
    Journal articles | 2018
    Morgan B; Thorpe A, 2018, 'Introduction: Law for a new economy: Enterprise, sharing, regulation', Journal of Law and Society, vol. 45, pp. 1 - 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jols.12075
    Journal articles | 2018
    Thorpe A, 2018, '"This Land is Yours": Ownership and Agency in the Sharing City', Journal of Law and Society, vol. 45, pp. 99 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jols.12081
    Journal articles | 2018
    Thorpe A, 2018, 'Hegel's Hipsters: Claiming Ownership in the Contemporary City', SOCIAL & LEGAL STUDIES, vol. 27, pp. 25 - 48, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0964663917701304
    Journal articles | 2018
    Thorpe A, 2018, 'Pop-up Property: Enacting ownership from San Francisco to Sydney', Law and Society Review, vol. 52, pp. 740 - 772, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/lasr.12347
    Journal articles | 2017
    Thorpe A, 2017, 'Rethinking Participation, Rethinking Planning', Planning Theory & Practice, vol. 18, pp. 566 - 582, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2017.1371788
    Journal articles | 2013
    Thorpe A, 2013, 'Planning with the Public?', Alternative Law Journal, vol. 38, pp. 272 - 273, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1037969x1303800415
    Journal articles | 2013
    Thorpe AL, 2013, 'Planning with the Public? Participation in the reform of the NSW planning system', Alternative Law Journal, pp. 272 - 272
    Journal articles | 2013
    Thorpe AL, 2013, 'Public participation in planning: Lessons from the green bans', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 30, pp. 93 - 105
    Journal articles | 2013
    Thorpe AL; Hart MA, 2013, 'Changing Climates, Changing Cities? Planning Reform and Urban Sustainability in New South Wales', The Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 16, pp. 133 - 156, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=204711638848451;res=IELHSS
    Journal articles | 2012
    Thorpe AL, 2012, 'Country Profile: Australia', Carbon and Climate Law Review, pp. 261 - 261
    Journal articles | 2012
    Thorpe AT, 2012, 'Too little, too soon? An assessment of Australian carbon capture and storage legislation against the new standards set for the Clean Development Mechanism', Climate Law, vol. 3, pp. 139 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/CL-2012-060
    Journal articles | 2009
    Thorpe AL; Graham K, 2009, 'Community-based Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of REDD Projects', Carbon and Climate Law Review, vol. 3, pp. 303
    Journal articles | 2009
    Thorpe AL; Graham K, 2009, 'Green Buildings: Are codes, standards and targets sufficient drivers of sustainability in NSW?', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol. 26, pp. 486 - 497
    Journal articles | 2008
    Thorpe A, 2008, 'Tort-Based Climate Change Litigation and the Political Question Doctrine', Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, vol. 24, pp. 79 - 105, https://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?handle=hein.journals/jluenvl24&div=6&id=&page=
    Journal articles | 1999
    Thorpe A, 1999, 'Déjà vu: Memory in Architecture', Architectural Theory Review, vol. 4, pp. 64 - 73
    Journal articles | 1999
    Thorpe A, 1999, 'Version to Version: ARM’s Architecture Revisited for a New Landscape', Kerb, pp. 23 - 33
  • Reports | 2021
    Dagraville R; Anwar M; Tomka K; Thorpe A; Kuch D; Milton A; Hasan K; McGrath B; Meegahapola L; Tirunagari S; Jalili M; Newman P; Verschuer M; Economou D; James B; Hargroves C; Mouritz M; Dwyer S; Nagrath K; Paevere P; Spak B; Pellow M; Chhaya S; Barnfather P; Jafari B; Fick J, 2021, Electric vehicles and the grid, https://www.racefor2030.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/N1-EV-Opportunity-Assessement-Report-FINAL_04112021.pdf
    Reports | 2021
    Lee A; McCabe G; Thorpe A; Gibbs R; Bondfield R, 2021, Measuring and Evaluating Extended Outdoor Dining, Sydney
    Other | 2021
    Thorpe A, 2021, Informal urbanism in Sydney: Privilege, precarity, politics, Henry Halloran Trust, University of Sydney, https://www.sydney.edu.au/content/dam/corporate/documents/henry-halloran-trust/festival-of-urbanism-review.pdf
    Submissions to Government | 2021
    Thorpe A, 2021, Submission to the Greater Sydney Parklands White Paper
    Reports | 2021
    Thorpe A; McCabe A; Johnson C; Hobbs E; Bailey M; Hartigan M, 2021, Developing a national gender equity policy for the planning profession: A discussion paper, Planning Institute of Australia, https://www.planning.org.au/documents/item/11266
    Reports | 2020
    McCabe A; Grech E; Thorpe A, 2020, Post Approval Social Impact Management Review: Discussion Paper
    Reports | 2020
    Reinmuth G; Crabtree L; Jackson B; Lee A; Perry N; Scheule H; Thorpe A, 2020, Creating the City We Want: Tackling the Barriers to Housing Diversity in NSW, Sydney
    Reports | 2017
    Thorpe AL, 2017, Submission to the NSW Government on the 'Planning legislation updates 2017
    Reports | 2016
    Thorpe A; Holley C, 2016, Submission to the NSW Government on 'Revised Consultative Committee Guidelines for State Significant Projects'
    Reports | 2014
    Thorpe AL, 2014, Submission to the Productivity Commission on the 'Access to Justice Arrangements Draft Report'
    Reports | 2014
    Thorpe AL; Hart M, 2014, Submission to the NSW Government on the 'BASIX Target Review'
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Thorpe AL; Stickells L, 2014, 'Beyond Protest: Activism and participation in 1970s Sydney', in Gjerde M; Petrovic E (ed.), UHPH_14: Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference, Australasian Urban History/Planning History Group and Victoria University of Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, pp. 797 - 814, presented at 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, 02 February 2014 - 02 February 2014
    Reports | 2013
    Thorpe AL, 2013, Submission to the NSW Government on the 'New Planning System for NSW White Paper, Planning Bill 2013 and Planning (Administration) Bill 2013'
    Reports | 2013
    Thorpe AL, 2013, Submission to the Productivity Commission on the 'Major Project Development Assessment Processes Issues Paper'
    Reports | 2012
    Thorpe A; Holley C; Sherry C, 2012, Submission to the NSW Government on the New Planning System for NSW Green Paper, Australia
    Reports | 2011
    Thorpe AL, 2011, Staying on Track: Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change, United Nations Development Program, http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/democratic-governance/anti-corruption/staying-on-track--tackling-corruption-risks-in-climate-change.html
    Preprints |
    Thorpe A, Hegel's Hipsters: Claiming Ownership in the Contemporary City, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3071552
    Preprints |
    Thorpe A, Pop-up Property: Enacting Ownership from San Francisco to Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3503159
    Preprints |
    Thorpe A; Moore T; Stickells L, Pop-Up Justice? Reflecting on Relationships in the Temporary City, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3072130

'Improving Safety for Bicycle Delivery Cyclists', Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Road Safety Innovation Fund Round 2, 2021-2023 (with Soufiane Boufous and Marilyn Johnson), $227,450

‘Electric Vehicle and Grid - Assessment Opportunity’, Reliable, Affordable, Clean Energy for 2030 Collaborative Research Centre, 2020 (with R Dargaville, D Kuch, l Meegahapola, L McIntosh, P Newman, P Paevere, CSIRO and 16 industry partners) $526,000

'Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure – Risks and Opportunities in Urban and Electricity System Planning' Digital Grid Futures Institute, 2020, $25,000 (with Declan Kuch and Nofar Sheffi)

'Paint, posts and productive polities: (re)constructing city-citizen relationships in the street', Centre for Canadian Architecture, Research Fellowship, 2020 (approx. $20,000) (deferred due to Covid-19)

‘Creating the City we Want: Tackling the Barriers to Housing Diversity in NSW’, Collaborative Research Project, Landcom University Roundtable, 2018-2020, $153,510 (with Gerard Reinmuth, Brooke Jackson, Harry Scheule and Adrian Lee, UTS, and Louise Crabtree and Neil Perry, WSU)

‘Urban renewal and the privatisation of public space: implications for democracy and equity’, Cross-Faculty Research Grant, 2018, $9,853 (with Luke McNamara, Laura Crommelin, Alyce McGovern, Chris Martin, Nofar Sheffi and Philip Wadds)

‘6th Fordham International and Comparative Urban Law Conference’ Law Workshop Support Scheme, 2018, $3,750 (with Cathy Sherry)

'Planning, Parking and the Practice of Property', UNSW Law Research Fellowship, 2018 (in-kind, $25,000 equivalent)

‘Constituting Cities: Multi-disciplinary perspectives on the governance of urban spaces’ Law Workshop Support Scheme, 2017, $8,000 (with Luke McNamara)

‘Co-Producing Multi-Media Resources for Environmental Law’, UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, 2014, $25,000 (with Cameron Holley)

‘Reducing Corruption Risks in Climate Change’, United Nations Development Programme, 2010, US$24,000

‘Negotiation Training for Multilateral Environmental Agreements’, Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, 2010, US$5,000

Australian Legal Research Awards, Honourable mention (book award), 2022

Socio Legal Studies Association (UK), History and Theory Prize, shortlisted, 2022

Centre for Canadian Architecture, Visting Fellowship, 2020 (not taken due to Covid)

People's Choice Award, UNSW Presidents Awards, 2017 (WiRN Executive Committee)

Legal Innovation Index (winner, individual category), 2016

Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, Academic of the Year (finalist), 2016

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (early career), 2014

Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society prize, 2014

Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award (junior category), IUCN Academy, 2014

Salzburg Global Fellow, 2013

Future Thought Leader, HC Coombs Policy Forum, Australian National University, 2012

Saltonstall Scholarship, Harvard Law School, 2006

Memberships and professional affiliations

Research network on Utopian Legalities, Radical Governance and Prefigurative Politics

Women in Planning Network, PIA NSW

City of Sydney, Local Planning Panel

Planning Institute of Australia

Sydney Urbanistas

Association of Law, Property and Society

International Academic Association of Planning, Law and Property Rights

Institute of Australian Geographers, Legal geography study group

Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society

IUCN Commission on Environmental Law

New York Bar, attorney
 

Editorial roles

Australian Planner, Editorial Board member, 2014-2021, Co-editor, 2022 - 

Journal of Law and Society, Guest Editor (with Bronwen Morgan), Spring 2018

Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Editorial Board member, 2015 -

Harvard Environmental Law Review, Casenote Editor, 2006 - 2007

Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Associate Editor, 2005 - 2006

 

My Research Supervision

Jodie Hampson, "Enabling Cooperative Platform Economies: Tools, Rules and Practices" (with Bronwen Morgan and Selena Griffith)

Oxana Wolfson, "Finding the Fulcrum: Developing a Balance in Addressing Economic and Social Interests in California Urban Water Regulation" (with Fleur Johns and Weihuan Zhou)

Yutong Wang, MPH, "A study of Australian news media coverage of deaths involving food delivery riders—a longitudinal analysis and case study" (external supervisor for the University of Sydney, with James Kite). Completed 2021.

Costa Avgoustinos, "Reconciling Climate Change and Social Justice in Earth Jurisprudence" (with Ben Golder and Gabrielle Appleby). Completed 2020.

My Teaching

Amelia's teaching has been recognized with a Distinguished Environmental Law Education Award from the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, a UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, and a Lexis Nexis Legal Innovation Award.

Courses taught

Cities, Planning, Law and Justice (LAWS3073)

Land and Environment Court Clinic (LAWS3302)

Land Law (LAWS2383)

Development and Planning Law (LAWS8071)

Food Law (LAWS3216)

Principles of Private Law (LAWS1150)

Climate Law (LAWS8066)