Dr Rosie Cooney

Dr Rosie Cooney

Dr Rosie Cooney

Visiting Fellow

Contact details

Phone: 0404 979 838
Email: rosie.cooney@unsw.edu.au


Room 413,  Level 4
Electrical Engineering Building (G17)
Kensington Campus, UNSW


Rosie is an ecologist and specialist in biodiversity policy, with twelve years experience of research, analysis and development.

Rosie is the Chair of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), and an independent consultant to governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector, as well as active in teaching and research.

She has worked in leading international conservation NGOs including IUCN The World Conservation Union and WWF International, and carried out research at University of Cambridge and at UNSW, and consults to international and national clients.

Rosie holds degrees in Zoology (Hons, First) and in Law (Hons, First) from ANU and a PhD in Zoology from Cambridge.

  • Dr Rosie Cooney
  • Dr Rosie Cooney

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
  • Management of natural resources
  • The relationship between conservation and human societies, needs, and people
  • Indigenous and local participation in conservation and resource management
  • Sustainable use of wildlife
  • Kangaroo management in Australia
  • Incentive-based approaches to conservation
  • The private keeping, captive breeding and translocation of wildlife
  • International trade of wildlife and timber
  • CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
  • International wildlife crime
  • International environmental governance

Books and Book Chapters

 Merson, J, R. Cooney, and P. Brown. Conservation in a Crowded World: Case Studies from the Asia Pacific. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2012.

Cooney R (2006) A long and winding road? Precaution from principle to practice in biodiversity conservation. In Von Schomberg R, Fisher L & Jones J (Eds) Implementing the Precautionary Principle: Perspectives and Prospects Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, US: 233-244

Cooney R (2005) From promise to practicalities: the precautionary principle in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. In Cooney R & Dickson B (Eds) Biodiversity and the Precautionary Principle: Risk and Uncertainty in Conservation and Sustainable Use Earthscan, London, pp 3-17

Cooney R & Dickson B (Eds, 2005) Biodiversity and the Precautionary Principle: Risk and Uncertainty in Conservation and Sustainable Use Earthscan, London

Cooney R (2004) The Precautionary Principle in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management: An issues paper for policymakers, researchers and practitioners IUCN Policy and Global Change series, No. 2. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK

Cooney R (2003) Looking ahead – international wildlife trade regulation and enforcement. In Oldfield S (Ed) The Trade in Wildlife: Regulation for Conservation Earthscan, London, pp 196-204

Journal Articles

Cooney R, Archer M, Baumber A, Ampt P, Wilson G, Smits J and Webb G (In press) “THINKK again: getting the facts straight on kangaroo harvesting and conservation” Science Under Siege, Royal Zoological Society, Mosman  [ Download pdf ]

Cooney R, Baumber A, Ampt P & Wilson G (2009) Sharing Skippy: Models for involving landholders in kangaroo management in Australia. The Rangelands Journal 31: 283-292

Baumber A, Cooney R, Ampt P & Gepp K (2009) Landholders and kangaroos in the rangelands: can collaboration complete the puzzle? The Rangelands Journal 31(1): 161-167

Cooney R & Lang A (2007) Taking uncertainty seriously: adaptive governance and international trade. European Journal of International Law 18: 523-551

Cooney R & Jepson P (2006) The international trade in wild birds: what’s wrong with blanket bans? Oryx 40(1): 18-23

Cooney R (2004) Better safe than sorry? The precautionary principle in biodiversity conservation. Oryx 38: 357-358

Cooney R (2001) CITES and the CBD: Tensions and Synergies. Review of European Community and International Environmental Law 10(3): 259-268

Cooney R (2002) Colony defence in Damaraland mole-rats, Cryptomys damarensis. Behavioral Ecology 13(2): 160-162

Cooney R & Bennett NC (2000) Inbreeding avoidance and reproductive skew in a cooperative mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 267: 801-806

Cooney R (1998) The Damaraland mole-rat: social life in the Kalahari Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 53: 219-225

Cooney R & Cockburn A (1995) Territorial defence is the major function of female song in the superb fairy-wren, Malurus cyaneus. Animal Behaviour 49 (6): 1635-1647