Faculty Spotlight: Professor Bradshaw and the Stakeholders of Sustainability

Although she’s not on campus this semester, Professor Karen Bradshaw has been as busy as ever, recently publishing her latest article, Agency Engagement with Stakeholder Collaborations, in Wildfire Policy and Beyond, in the Arizona State Law Journal.  In it, Professor Bradshaw explores the ways that agencies in Washington, D.C., incorporate local concerns in land and natural resource decisions, focusing on Arizona, Alaska, and Maine.

Following a semester in which she added a second first-year course—Property, in addition to Contracts, to her teaching load, Professor Bradshaw plans to publish four more law journal articles this year, for a total of at least six in 2019. She teaches Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law at Arizona State. She also has taught courses on Animal Law and Land Use Planning.

Professor Bradshaw’s forthcoming book, The New Animal Rights: Saving America’s Wildlife by Uncovering the Biological Origins of Property, proposes novel legal principles to protect American wildlife facing increased hardships from natural disasters, pollution, and human development. Recently, in the Harvard Environmental Law Review, she has criticized the tactic of relocation as a means of protecting endangered species whose habitats are in high-value land being developed for human use.

Previously, she has called for animals to receive legal property rights as a means of protection in Animal Property Rights. She explored the use of non-binding agreements to build relationships between government agencies and private parties in Agency Coordination of Private Action: The Role of Relational Contracting. She  examined “givings” laws, or statutory financial windfalls, that supposed beneficiaries no longer want in Using Takings to Undo Givings and analyzed how failed predictions of environmental catastrophes undermined public engagement in future problems in The Short-Term Temptations and Long-Term Risks of Environmental Catastrophism. Peer review identified her study on the impact of settlements to pay for natural resources damages, Settling for Natural Resource Damages, as one of the top environmental and natural resources law articles of the year.

You can read more of Professor Bradshaw’s scholarship in the Law Library’s Faculty Scholarship Repository. If you have interest in environmental or natural resources research, the reference librarians can help you get started on an article of your own. Stop by the third floor reference desk or make an appointment to Meet with a Librarian.

Andrea Gass, Ross-Blakley Law Library Research Fellow