Earth Institute Staff Directory

Romany Webb

Associate Research Scholar , Columbia Law School

Senior Fellow , Sabin Center for Climate Change Law


BIOGRAPHY: Romany Webb is an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and Senior Fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. Romany’s work at the Sabin Center focuses on climate change mitigation, exploring how legal and policy tools can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote carbon sequestration. Much of her research focuses on the intersection of climate and energy, looking at options to minimize the climate impacts of energy development. In addition to her scholarship, Romany maintains online resources, such as the Silencing Science Tracker.

Prior to joining the Sabin Center, Romany worked at the University of California Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, researching executive authority to combat climate change. Romany also completed a fellowship with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she researched energy policy. The fellowship followed several years working in private practice in Sydney, Australia.

Romany received an LL.M., with a certificate of specialization in environmental law, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She also holds an LL.B., awarded with first class honors, from the University of New South Wales (Australia).


- Romany Webb & Katherine Zodrow, Disposal of Water for Hydraulic Fracturing: Case Study on the U.S., in Regulating Water Security in Unconventional Oil and Gas (Regina M. Buono et al., eds, Springer, 2020)
- Romany Webb & Melinda Taylor, Production and Delivery of Low Carbon Gaseous Fuels, in Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the U.S. (Michael Gerrard and John Dernbach eds., ELI, 2019)
- Steven Ferrey & Romany Webb, Methane, in Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the U.S. (Michael Gerrard and John Dernbach eds., ELI, 2019)
- Romany Webb, Changing Tides in Water Management: Policy Options to Encourage Greater Recycling of Fracking Wastewater, 42 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 85 (2017)
- Melinda Taylor, Romany Webb, and Vanessa Puig-Williams, Protecting Species or Hindering Energy Development? How the Endangered Species Act Impacts Energy Projects on Western Public Lands, 46 Environmental Law Reporter 10924 (2016)
- Melinda Taylor & Romany Webb, EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Implementation Options (KBH Energy Center Research Paper, 2015)
- Romany Webb, Lost But Not Forgotten: The Hidden Environmental Costs of Compensating Pipelines for Natural Gas Losses (KBH Energy Center Research Paper, 2015)
- Romany Webb, Safety First, Environment Last: Improving Regulation of Gas Pipeline Leaks (KBH Energy Center Research Paper, 2015)
- Steven Weissman and Romany Webb, Addressing Climate Change Without Legislation (UC Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute White Paper, 2015)