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Prof Jane Holder
Room GS 238
Faculty of Laws, Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gdns
London
WC1H OEG
Appointment
  • Professor of Environmental Law
  • Faculty of Laws
  • School of Arts & Social Sciences
Biography
Jane Holder has carried out research on environmental law since graduating from Warwick University in 1990. Her PhD (also carried out at Warwick University) was on environmental assessment, published as a book, Environmental Assessment: the Regulation of Decision Making (OUP, 2004).  Jane joined UCL in 1992 and has taught Planning Law, Environmental Law and EU Law and has supervised PhD students in these areas.  Jane has been a Trustee of the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) and a member of the Board of the Journal of Environmental Law and Social and Legal Studies.  Jane is involved in the Education for Sustainable Development movement at UCL and is a member of the University's Steering Group on Environmental Sustainability.
Research Summary

Jane's current research interests are the regulation of decision making concerning land use and development, EU environmental law, the environmental protection aspects of common ownership, ‘green’ legal theory, environmental justice and issues of environmental identity, environmental justice and education for sustainable development.   

Jane’s research focuses on regulatory mechanisms, particularly environmental assessment and its use as a means to assess whether negative environmental impacts of policies are borne disproportionately by certain sectors of the population.  This is coupled with research on European spatial planning and the concept of territorial cohesion (with Antonia Layard, Cardiff University).

Jane has built a practical element into this research on environmental justice by establishing (in association with Capacity Global) the LLM LARCS (Legal Action and Research for Communities and Sustainability) course which equips law students with the skills and knowledge to undertake legal research work in local communities. 

Jane is a member of the Centre for Law and the Environment, Co-Chair of the Sustainable Cities Executive Board, a Public Engagement Beacon Mentor and a member of the Higher Education Academy's Advisory Board on Education for Sustainable Development. 

Teaching Summary

Jane convenes and teaches a series of research methodology seminars for PhD students.  Jane also organizes an annual fieldtrip for LLM and PhD students to the Centre for Alternative Technology (Wales) and an annual study retreat to Cumberland Lodge.

Academic Background
1990 LLB Bachelor of Laws University of Warwick
  PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Warwick
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