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Dr Catherine Caine

Last modified: January 5, 2024
ACCESS Co-Investigators

Senior Lecturer
University of Exeter


The sector(s) I work in: Academic

Professional qualifications:

PhD, LLM, LLB (Hons), FHEA


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About the organisation(s) I've worked for

Organisation name:

University of Exeter

About my experience and expertise

Personal statement:

I am a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter with research interests in environmental law, planning law, and energy law.

I use mixed research methods including doctrinal, empirical, interviews and survey methods. My recent research projects include an analysis of whether the European legal requirements of habitat protection have been integrated and coordinated into the planning and construction processes for offshore renewable energy, a comprehensive review of the extent to which the courts in the UK consider scientific evidence in Habitats Directive decisions and an analysis of the regulation of heat networks in the UK.

Key topic areas of research or interest:

  • The regulation of district heat networks.
  • The use of scientific evidence by UK Courts in Habitat Directive decisions
  • Habitat protection for offshore renewable energy.
  • The regulation of food in the UK.



“Brexit and environmental law in England: where are we now?”. Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law.

“Chapter 5: The Scrutiny of Scientific Evidence by UK Courts in Environmental Decisions: Legality, the Fact-Law Distinction, and (sometimes) Self-Limiting Review”. Bloomsbury

“The Energy Prices Act 2022: A barrier to net zero?”. Environmental Law Review.

“European Regulatory and Insurance Aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage”. European Energy and Environmental Law.

“The future of sustainable food consumption in China”. Food and Energy Security.

“Combined carbon and health taxes outperform single-purpose information or fiscal measures in designing sustainable food policies”. Nature Food.

“Applying for development consent during lockdown: the Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station”. Environmental Law Review.

“The Race to the Water for Offshore Renewable Energy: Assessing Cumulative and In-Combination Impacts for Offshore Renewable Energy Developments”. Journal of Environmental Law.

“A fresh start for screening under the Habitats Regulations: Case c-323/17 People over Wind, Peter Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta [2018] Ecr I-244”. Environmental Law Review.

“The place of the Rochdale envelope approach in offshore renewable energy”. Environmental Law Review.

“”Dieselgate” and Consumer Law in the United Kingdom. Journal of European Consumer and Market Law.

Other projects and networks:

Member of Exeter Centre for Environmental Law (ExCEL)

Member of Exeter Marine

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