Jane Holder has carried out research on environmental law since graduating from Warwick University in 1990. Her PhD was on environmental assessment, published as a book, Environmental Assessment: the Regulation of Decision Making (OUP, 2004).
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 (especially town and village greens), ‘green’ legal theory, environmental justice and issues of environmental identity, environmental citizenship 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 her research on environmental protection and 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 co-chair of the Executive Board of UCL’s Sustainable Cities Grand Challenge and a Public Engagement Beacon Mentor.
Current research Creating European Territory: Law, Environmental Protection and the EU’s Land Project (with Antonia Layard) on territorial cohesion policy and its implications for environmental protection.
With Antonia Layard, ‘Seeking Spatial and Environmental Justice for People and Places within the EU’ in A. Philippopoulous-Mihalopoulos (ed) Law and Ecology: New Normative Foundations (Routledge, 2011)
With Antonia Layard, ‘Drawing out the Elements of Territorial Cohesion’ in (2011) Yearbook of European Law (forthcoming).
With Antonia Layard, ‘Relating Territorial Cohesion, Solidarity and Spatial Justice’ in M. Ross and Y. Borgmann-Prebil (eds) Promoting Solidarity in the European Union (OUP, 2010).
‘Building Spatial Europe: An Environmental Justice Perspective’ in Joanne Scott (ed) Environmental Protection: European Law and Governance (OUP, 2009).
With Tatiana Flessas (eds) special issue of Social and Legal Studies, Emerging Commons (2008) 17(3) Social and Legal Studies. This collection includes papers from geographers and sociologists as well as from legal academics working in the areas of property, natural resources, and environmental law.
With Maria Lee, Environmental Protection, Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Published in the prestigious Law in Context series, this 'text and materials' book contains original research in the form of case studies on the law and policy relating to renewable energy and genetically modified organisms, used throughout the book to exemplify developments in planning law, participation in environmental decision making, risk assessment and environmental assessment.
With Donald McGillivray (eds) Taking Stock of Environmental Assessment: Law, Policy and Practice (Routledge Cavendish, 2007); this extends the geographical scope of concern with environmental assessment (the subject of Jane’s monograph, Environmental Assessment: The Regulation of Decision Making (OUP, 2004)) by engaging leading US and European scholars in comparative analysis (Farber, Karkkainen, Wiener, Kramer, Howarth, Jones, Ryall, Holder).
With Joanne Scott, 'Law and New Environmental Governance in the European Union' in G. de Burca and J. Scott (eds) Law and Governance in the EU and the US (Hart, 2006). Subject of review article by Michael Wilkinson (2007) 70(4) Modern Law Review 680-700, at 687-692.
Environmental Assessment: The Regulation of Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2004) pp. 371 incl. app. and index. (Runner-up SLS Peter Birks' Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Prize, 2005). Contains several contemporary case studies which provide the basis for interdisciplinary and theoretical analysis of environmental assessment.
With Carolyn Harrison (eds) Law and Geography (OUP, 2002). Published in the Current Legal Issues series.
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.
Current Teaching Undergraduate
Environmental Justice and Sustainability
Legal Action and Research for Communities and Sustainability (LARCS)
Environmental Law of the EU II
Research Methodology seminars
Jane has supervised doctoral students working on public participation, land access isues, renewable energy, EU fisheries agreements, and EU transport policy. She welcomes applications for supervision in the following areas: environmental assessment, EU fisheries, EU habitat conservation, spatial strategy and planning at the European level and renewable energy. Jane welcomes the opportunity to supervise students working in related areas and is particularly keen to co-supervise students working on interdisciplinary projects.