Kate Curnow researches in the fields of dispute resolution, access to justice and health law. She is currently completing a PhD through Monash University investigating barriers to access to justice in relation to end of life decisions for incapacitated adults and how the design of dispute resolution mechanisms for end of life disputes in Queensland may be altered to enhance access to justice. In a further project, Kate is part of a team of legal academics from mining law, property law and dispute resolution backgrounds investigating models for regulating access to private land by petroleum titleholders. This research project has included empirical research into landholder perceptions of negotiations with petroleum titleholders about access to the landholder's private land.
Prior to commencing her academic career, Kate practised as a lawyer, principally in the areas of commercial litigation and general commercial, insurance, health and employment law.