Dr Katie Woolaston

Katie WoolastonKatie Woolaston is an inter-disciplinary researcher, lawyer and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at QUT. She holds a Masters in Law (specialising in Human Rights & Social Justice) from the University of New South Wales, and a PhD in Environmental Law from Griffith University. Dr Woolaston’s research is focused on international and domestic wildlife law and the regulation of the human-wildlife relationship. She is particularly interested in using the social sciences to resolve long-held and deeply-rooted attitudes and values that are contrary to conservation and embedding such processes in law and policy. Dr Woolaston’s current research is focused on human-wildlife conflicts, and the integration of One Health approaches in wildlife trade and environmental policy in the wake of COVID-19. She was an expert on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) panel concerning Biodiversity and Pandemics, and is on the Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Environment Program ‘Nature4Health’ Initiative. She is an Associate Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, and Vice-President of Australia’s National Environmental Law Association.

Her first book, titled ‘Ecological Vulnerability: The Law and Governance of Human-Wildlife Relationships’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.


‘Our relationship with biodiversity can be life and society altering. It is vitally important, complex and multidimensional. Our biodiversity laws should be too. I want to make sure that the effects of declining species levels are considered in every area of law and policy, from the UN down to the local level.’


Books and Book chapters by Katie Woolaston

Ecological Vulnerability

Woolaston, Katie (2022) Ecological Vulnerability: The Law and Governance of Human-Wildlife Relationships

Chapter four: Wildlife and international law: can feminism transform our relationship with nature?

Woolaston, Katie (2019) Wildlife and international law: can feminism transform our relationship with nature?. In Ogg, K, Rimmer, S H (Eds.), Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law, pp.44-62.
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Reports and submissions by Katie Woolaston

Working Together to Protect Australia in the Age of Pandemics : Managing the Environmental Drivers of Zoonotic Disease Risks

Woolaston, Katie (2022) Working Together to Protect Australia in the Age of Pandemics : Managing the Environmental Drivers of Zoonotic Disease Risks

NELA submission: Senate Inquiry into Australia's Fauna and Flora Extinction Crisis

Woolaston, Katie (2022) NELA submission: Senate Inquiry into Australia's Fauna and Flora Extinction Crisis

Submission to the Inquiry on the Environmental and Other Legislation (Reversal of Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) Amendment Bill 2021

Brockett, Callum, Woolaston, Katie, Jaireth, Hanna, McNamara, Erin, Pratt, Jaymin, Morrison, Jonty (2021) Submission to the Inquiry on the Environmental and Other Legislation (Reversal of Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) Amendment Bill 2021

Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Daszak, Peter, das Neves, Carlos, Amuasi, John, Haymen, David, Kuiken, Thijs, Roche, Benjamin, Zambrana-Torrelio, Carlos, Buss, Peter, Dundarova, Heliana, Feferholtz, Yasha, et al. (2020) Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Journal articles by Katie Woolaston

Best Practice Mechanisms for Biodiversity Conservation Law and Policy

Brockett, Callum, Woolaston, Katie, Deane, Felicity, Humphries, Fran, Kumar, Ethan, Kennedy, Amanda, Bell-James, Justine (2023) Best Practice Mechanisms for Biodiversity Conservation Law and Policy. Cambridge Prisms: Extinction, 1 (e16).

An Argument for Pandemic Risk Management using a Multidisciplinary One Health Approach to Governance: An Australian Case Study

Woolaston, Katie, Nay, Zoe, Baker, Michelle L, Brockett, Callum, Bruce, Mieghan, Degeling, Chris, Gilbert, Joshua, Jackson, Bethany, Johnson, Hope, Peel, Alison, et al. (2022) An Argument for Pandemic Risk Management using a Multidisciplinary One Health Approach to Governance: An Australian Case Study. Globalization and Health.

Environmental Justice in the Post Covid-19 Regulation of Wildlife Trade and Markets

Brockett, Callum, Woolaston, Katie (2022) Environmental Justice in the Post Covid-19 Regulation of Wildlife Trade and Markets. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment.

An argument for pandemic risk management using a multidisciplinary One Health approach to governance: an Australian case study

Woolaston, Katie, Nay, Zoe, Baker, Michelle L, Brockett, Callum, Bruce, Mieghan, Degeling, Chris, Gilbert, Joshua, Jackson, Bethany, Johnson, Hope, Peel, Alison, et al. (2022) An argument for pandemic risk management using a multidisciplinary One Health approach to governance: an Australian case study. Globalization and Health, 18 (1), pp.Article number: 73.
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A Review of the Role of Law and Policy in Human-Wildlife Conflict

Woolaston, Katie, Flower, Emily, van Velden, Julia, White, Steven, Burns, Georgette Leah, Morrison, Clare (2021) A Review of the Role of Law and Policy in Human-Wildlife Conflict. Conservation and Society, 19 (3), pp.172-183.
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The Balance of Environmental Protection and Economic Development in Federal Decision-making

Dickson, Timothy, Woolaston, Katie (2021) The Balance of Environmental Protection and Economic Development in Federal Decision-making: An Investigation into Section 74A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 38 (1), pp.22-39.

Shared vulnerability as the missing link in wildlife trade governance : A COVID-19 case study

Woolaston, Katie (2020) Shared vulnerability as the missing link in wildlife trade governance : A COVID-19 case study. Australian Environment Review, 35 (3), pp.82-86.

Feature articles by Katie Woolaston

UN report says up to 850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature

Woolaston, Katie, Fisher, Judith (2020) UN report says up to 850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature. The Conversation.

Most laws ignore ‘human-wildlife conflict’. This makes us vulnerable to pandemics

Woolaston, Katie (2020) Most laws ignore ‘human-wildlife conflict’. This makes us vulnerable to pandemics. The Conversation.

Dingoes and humans were once friends. Separating them could be why they attack

Woolaston, Katie (2019) Dingoes and humans were once friends. Separating them could be why they attack. The Conversation.

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  • Dr Katie Woolaston

    Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law

    Katie Woolaston is an inter-disciplinary researcher, lawyer and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at QUT.  She holds a Masters in Law (specialising in Human Rights & Social Justice) from the University of New South Wales, and a PhD in Environmental Law from Griffith University. Dr Woolaston’s research is focused...