ADM+S Investigator Christine Parker


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Prof Christine Parker is a Chief Investigator at the University of Melbourne node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S).

Professor Parker has written, researched and consulted widely on how and why business comply with legal, social and environmental responsibilities, what difference regulatory enforcement makes and how businesses can work with lawyers and compliance professionals to build internal corporate social responsibility systems that work. Her work has been published in academic journals and used in policy making and enforcement strategy. Her books include The Open Corporation (2002) on corporate social responsibility, business compliance systems and democratic accountability of companies; and Explaining Compliance (2011, with Vibeke Nielsen), an edited collection of the leading practice and policy oriented empirical research on how and why businesses do and do not comply with the law. 

Professor Parker’s current research focuses on the politics, ethics and regulation of food. Her recent research has critically examined whether ethical labelling can make food systems healthy, sustainable and just with a particular focus on animal welfare labelling and superfood health claims. She is continuing with various collaborators work on the potential to leverage responsible investment for sustainable food system transitions; and also the potential for transformative governance in relation to human-animal relationships in the food system. 

Christine has a deep interest in both conceptualizing and communicating how law and regulation can help individuals and especially businesses live more sustainably well within socio ecological systems. She is working with Professor Fiona Haines on “ecological regulation”, and has also helped develop and show a live multi-media eco-music performance, Music for a Warming World, on our individual, social and political responses to climate change. 

Christine teaches units on food law and policy, corporate social and environmental responsibility and regulation and animal law. Christine also teaches legal ethics and is the co-author of the influential legal ethics text, Inside Lawyers Ethics (3rd edition in 2018; with Prof Adrian Evans). 

Professor Christine Parker has previously held positions at Griffith University, University of New South Wales, the Australian National University and Monash University. She holds a BA (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from The University of Queensland and a PhD from the Australian National University.