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Teaching Areas:

Carolyn is currently course director for two environmental law modules:

PLAN 60441 Concepts in Environmental Law (taught to PG non-law students)

LAWS 30102 Environmental Law

She also teaches Contract Law.

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Carolyn's expertise is in environmental law and regulation.


  • LLB (Manchester)
  • PhD (Manchester)

Formerly Lecturer in Law at Manchester. Before coming to Manchester, Carolyn was a lecturer at the Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire in Preston. She is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Law.

Research interests

  • environmental regulation
  • regulatory enforcement tools and practices
  • public participation
  • environmental NGOs and legal expertise
  • access to justice

Current Research Projects:

Carolyn has recently begun research into the role that regulatory surrogates (including consumers, NGOs, financial institutions and the regulatory community) play in the development and enforcement of regulatory norms, specifically environmental regulation. She is curently drafting a paper on the role of surrogates in the regulation of new technology.

Research Proposal:

Carolyn is willing to supervise both MPhil and PhD students who wish to undertake research in the field of environmental law. She is happy to discuss any research proposals before formal submission.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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