Dr Darren Sinclair


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Research interests

Environmental governance, regulation and policy

Researcher's projects

Research grants

Regulation and governance for the sustainable management of groundwater, DECRA Fellowship, Australian Research Council 2017–2019.

Compliance and enforcement of water extraction in New South Wales: An evaluation, Australian Research Council, NSW Office of Water 2014–2016.

Groundwater governance and regulation, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Australian Research Council, National Water Commission 2010–2014.

Internal regulation: Overcoming the disconnect between corporate objectives and health, safety, environmental and community performance, Australian Research Council, Anglo Coal Australia 2007–2009.

Beyond occupational health and safety and environmental compliance in the mining sector, Australian Research Council, National Occupational Health and Safety Commission 2004–2006.

Regulatory design for water quality management in the Swan-Canning River, Australian Research Council, Western Australian Water Corporation, Western Australian Department of Environment 2003–2005.

Evaluating environmental regulation: An empirical analysis of reform in Australia, Australian Research Council, Victorian Environment Protection Authority and Western Australian Department of Environmental Protection 1999–2002.

Regulation, incentives and cleaner production: An empirical study of instrument and institutional interaction in Asia, Australian Research Council 1998–1999.

Environmental management systems: From adversarialism to partnership in environmental regulation, Australian Research Council 1996–1999.

Consultancy projects

Regulation by stealth? OHS codes of practice, Australian Coal Association Research Program 2011–2012.

National enforcement guidelines, National Mine Safety Framework, Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 2010.

Best practice mine safety regulation: Towards a national approach, Australian Coal Association Research Program 2010.

Inspectoral capabilities analysis, National Mine Safety Framework, Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 2009.

Water efficiency plans for large and small enterprises, National Water Commission, Raising National Water Standards Program 2007–2009.

Trust and safety in the coal mining industry, Australian Coal Association Research Program 2007–2008.

Sustainability certification: Practice and potential in farm forestry, Forest and Wood Products Research Development Corporation 1999–2001.

Environmental partnerships in Australian agriculture, Rural Industries Research Development Corporation 1998–2001.

Establishing equivalence and comparability amongst forest management certification schemes “Critical elements” for the assessment of schemes, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Australia 2000.

Philippines country program environment strategy, AusAID 2000.

International approaches to forestry management certification and labelling of forest product: A review, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Australia 1999.

On-the-spot fines and OHS prevention, National Occupational Health and Safety Commission 1998.

Barriers and motivators to the adoption of cleaner production practices in industry, Environment Australia 1997.


Darren Sinclair has a BSc (Hons I) from the University of Sydney, and a Masters and PhD from the Australian National University. He represented Australia at the United Nations International Framework Convention on Climate Change (Geneva 1993 and 1994). He co-designed the self-regulatory and trading scheme to phase out the use of ozone-depleting gases under Australia’s commitment to the Montreal Protocol. He currently holds a DECRA Fellowship in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (Faculty of Law) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society, both at the Australian National University. He has published widely on environmental governance, regulation and policy, and mining occupational health and safety regulation and policy. He has also worked as a consultant to government and industry.


BSc (Hons) (University of Sydney), MA (ANU), PhD (ANU)


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