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Professor Bronwen Morgan

Professor Bronwen Morgan

Professor Bronwen Morgan
LL.B.(Syd.), Ph.D.(Calif.)

Senior Research Associate

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Regulation, social enterprise; environmental law and politics; commons-based governance; political economy; global governance; citizenship; social theory; comparative welfare states; social and economic human rights 


Bronwen Morgan was appointed Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in August 2005. Previously, she was the Harold Woods Research Fellow in Law at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Wadham College, University of Oxford (2002-2005), and a Tutorial Fellow and University Lecturer in Law at St Hilda's College, Oxford (1999-2001). She has a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the University of Sydney, where she worked as an Associate Lecturer after working at the High Court of Australia. Her teaching interests include Regulation, Socio-Legal Studies, Public Law and Jurisprudence.

Bronwen's research has long focused on transformations of the regulatory state in both national-comparative and transnational contexts, and also on the interaction between regulation and rights, especially in the context of social activism and claims for social and economic human rights. These lines of interest can be seen in her three most recent projects. The first, jointly funded by the ESRC and AHRB, was on access to urban water services in comparative perspective, the second (with Navroz Dubash, funded by the International Development Research Centre of Canada) on the rise of the regulatory state in the developing world, and the third (also with Navroz Dubash and funded by IDRC) on sub-national and local dimensions of climate change policy in developing countries, particularly India and South Africa.

She recently completeld a four year term as Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Faculty of Law, UNSW, Australia, where she researched legal and regulatory support structures for social activists and social enterprises responding to climate change in Australia and the UK. In 2017, she will take up a continuing appointment as Professor of Law at UNSW Australia but will remain a Senior Research Associate on an honorary basis at the University of Bristol. 

She has served on the Executive Committee member of the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association, and is currently a Trustee of the US-based Law and Society Association. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Law in Context book series with Cambridge University Press and the journals Economy and Society, Regulation and Governance, International Journal of Law in Context, and Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. 


  • Regulation
  • comparative welfare states
  • political economy
  • social and economic human rights
  • global governance
  • citizenship
  • social theory
  • social enterprise
  • climate change


  • Law and Society Association (past and current Trustee) UK Socio-legal Studies Association (former member of Executive Committee) Australian Association of University Women Community Economies Research Network

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