Professor Karen Hussey

Centre Director

Centre for Policy Futures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 344 33154


  • Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2008
  • Masters of Economic Sciences, University College Dublin, NUI, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts (Econ&Pol), University of Melbourne, 2000

Karen Hussey is Director of the Centre for Policy Futures located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland, a position she took up in July 2017. 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.

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.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne


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Book Chapter

  • Critchell, K., Bauer-Civiello, A., Benham, C., Berry, K., Eagle, L., Hamann, M., Hussey, K. and Ridgway, T. (2019). Plastic pollution in the coastal environment: current challenges and future solutions. Coasts and estuaries: the future. (pp. 595-609) edited by Eric Wolanski, John W. Day, Michael Elliott and Ramesh Ramachandran. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-814003-1.00034-4

  • Hussey, Karen and Tidemann, Carl (2017). Agriculture in the Australia–EU economic and trade relationship. Australia, the European Union and the New Trade Agenda. (pp. 97-120) edited by Annmarie Elijah, Don Kenyon, Karen Hussey and Pierre van der Eng. Canberra, ACT, Canberra: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/AEUNTA.06.2017

  • Hussey, Karen (2015). Climate mitigation and waste management in the Asia-Pacific. Research handbook on climate change mitigation law. (pp. 407-425) edited by Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe and Leonie Reins. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781849805834.00030

  • Oliver, Greg and Hussey, Karen (2015). Cross-sectoral governance of the climate, energy and water sectors: a ‘Rubik's cube’ analysis of cross-sectoral co-ordination. Climate, energy and water: managing trade-offs, seizing opportunities. (pp. 172-197) edited by Jamie Pittock, Karen Hussey and Stephen Dovers. New York, United States: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139248792.011

  • Hussey, Karen, Pittock, Jamie and Dovers, Stephen (2015). Future prospects in climate, energy and water research and policy. Climate, energy and water: managing trade-offs, seizing opportunities. (pp. 324-336) edited by Jamie Pittock, Karen Hussey and Stephen Dovers. New York, NY, United States: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781139248792.019

  • Hussey, Karen and Dovers, Stephen (2014). Uncertainty: risk, technology and the future. Routledge handbook of global environmental politics. (pp. 231-245) edited by Paul G. Harris. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203799055

  • Hussey, Karen (2014). Using markets to achieve environmental ends: reconciling social equity issues in contemporary water policy in Australia. International handbook on social policy and the environment. (pp. 300-326) edited by Tony Fitzpatrick. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9780857936134.00018

  • Hussey, Karen and Schram, Albert (2012). Climate change and the policy integration dividend: an open source policy dashboard to enhance energy, water and food policy coordination. Innovative Economic Policies for Climate Change Mitigation. (pp. 181-198) edited by Valentino Piana. Italy: Lulu.

  • Hussey, K. (2011). Water Energy. Berkshire encyclopedia of sustainability: Volume 4, Natural resources and sustainability. (pp. 1-20) Berkshire: Berkshire Publishing.

  • Hussey, K. (2010). Water Security. Berkshire encyclopedia of sustainability: Volume 3, The law and politics of sustainability. (pp. 498-504) edited by Klaus Bosselmann. Berkshire: Berkshire Publishing.

  • Hussey, Karen and Dovers, Stephen (2007). International perspectives on water policy and management: emerging principles, common challenges. Managing water for Australia: the social and institutional challenges. (pp. 141-154) edited by Karren Hussey and Steven Dovers. Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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