The APSA Environmental Politics and Policy Research Group was the first APSA research group and was formed in 2011 to coordinate the research and activities of environmental politics scholars in Australia and the region and to develop linkages with like-minded international scholars and groups. It is the successor to the Ecopolitics Association of Australasia, which was founded to manage the Ecopolitics Conference Series that began in 1986 and comprised sixteen conferences hosted by universities across Australia and New Zealand.
Members of the Research Group focus on areas of environmental politics such as political theory, activism, electoral politics and policy. The main annual meeting of the Research Group occurs during the annual APSA conference but it also plans ad hoc workshops and seminars for environmental politics academics and research students.
The annual meeting at the APSA conference also announces the winner of The Pete Hay Environmental Politics Prize for 'the best APSA paper on the topic of Environmental Politics or Policy'.
Anyone with an interest in this field is welcome to join.
The main website of the APSA Environmental Politics and Policy group can be found here and a copy of the constitution is available to download here. At the 2012 AGM, Aticle VII (1) of the original constititution was amended so that non-refereed papers could be considered for the Pete Hay Prize also.
Co-Convenor / Treasurer: Robyn Eckersley
Co-Convenor: Cassandra Star
Secretary: Rebecca Pearse