The Centre has a strong association with many departments across the University which allows it to draw on expertise across a range of disciplines relevant to CCS science, policy and economics.
In today’s political climate, carbon policy is uncertain. There is general acceptance that deep cuts in CO2 emissions will be required of society in general, but inevitably with a major focus on major carbon emitters such those related to fossil fuels, power generation and energy-intensive industries. The Peter Cook Centre is a multidisciplinary research centre which crosses traditional discipline boundaries to provide access to expertise in carbon mitigation technology and address the legal, social and economic issues that will be critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future.
Professor Michael Crommelin
Project leader, Energy and Resources Law
Professor Michael Crommelin was Dean of the University of Melbourne Law School from 1989 to 2007. He holds a BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Queensland and an LLM and PhD from the University of British Columbia. Michael has held visiting appointments at a number of universities, including the University of Oslo, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary and Georgetown University. He has published extensively in the fields of energy and resources law, constitutional law and comparative law. In 2009, Michael was made an officer of the Order of Australia for service to the law and to legal education, particularly as a tertiary educator and through the development of mining and petroleum law in Australia.
In addition, Michael has served as President of AMPLA-The Resources and Energy Law Association and as a member of the Council of the Section on Energy and Resources Law of the International Bar Association. He has published extensively in the fields of energy and resources law, constitutional law and comparative law.
Dr. Sara Bice
Project leader, Research Translation
Sara Bice is a social scientist and Director of Research Translation for the Melbourne School of Government. In 2016, she was named one of four inaugural Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Research Fellows. She is President-Elect of the International Association for Impact Assessment and serves as a civil society representative on Australia’s first multi-stakeholder group for the implementation of the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative. She’s spent much of her career working with communities, corporations and government affected by mining, oil and gas projects to reduce social impacts and improve policy outcomes.