Karen Hussey is Director of the Centre for Policy Innovation located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland, a position she took up in July 2017 after a period as Deputy Director of UQ's Global Change Institute. Trained as a political scientist and economist, Karen undertakes research in the field of public policy and governance, with a particular interest in public policy relating to sustainable development. Her recent research has focused on water and energy security, the role of the state in climate change mitigation and adaptation, the links between international trade and environmental regulation, and the peculiarities of public policy in federal and supranational systems.
Her most recent publications include: Climate Change and the State: Indifferent, Irrelevant or Impotent? (Edward Elgar, in preparation); Achieving Decarbonisation for Prosperous Societies (CUP, forthcoming, with K. Baldwin, J. Lindesay, and M. Smith); Climate, Energy and Water (with J. Pittock and S. Dovers, CUP 2015); Water Resources Planning and Management (with Prof. Quentin Grafton, CUP 2011); and numerous journal articles, book chapters and edited collections in related fields.
Karen is a Chief Investigator on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC project ‘Policies, Institutions and Governance of Natural Hazards'; Lead Investigator for the ERIN project ‘An analysis of the desirability and feasibility of increased energy and electricity integration in South East Asia’; Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage project ‘Trade and investment relations between Australia and the European Union’ and she has the pleasure of supervising 9 PhD students. She is a member of the Future Earth Australia Scientific Steering Committee, and on several editorial boards of journals in her field.
Prior to taking up her position at UQ, she was Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU, where she now holds an Adjunct Professorship. From 2007-2010 Karen was based in Brussels as the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Representative in Europe, where she was responsible for developing the ANU’s research relationships and profile with European research teams and institutions.