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Jonathan joined the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance in 2015. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor John Dryzek on his Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship project, ‘Deliberative Worlds: Democracy, Justice and a Changing Earth System’.

He completed his PhD in philosophy at the Australian National University, based in the Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory and graduating in 2014. His thesis explored opportunities for reaching a fair agreement between developing and developed countries in global climate change negotiations. Before joining the University of Canberra he taught climate and environmental policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre at ANU since 2014.

Jonathan’s research interests include the ethical and political dimensions of global climate change policy, global environmental governance, development policy and ethics, and global justice.

He has a Masters' degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and undergraduate degrees in arts and law from the University of Sydney. Previously he worked as a policy and program manager with the Australian Government's international development assistance program (AusAID, 2003-09).

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Australian National University




External positions

Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University


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Research Output 2012 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Conditional nationally determined contributions in the Paris Agreement: foothold for equity or Achilles heel?

Pauw, W. P., Castro, P., Pickering, J. & Bhasin, S., 2019, In : Climate Policy. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
developing world
capacity building
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Open Access
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Open Access
labor division
environmental risk
decision making
5 Citations (Scopus)

Ecological reflexivity: characterising an elusive virtue for governance in the Anthropocene

Pickering, J., 10 Nov 2019, In : Environmental Politics. 28, 7, p. 1145-1166 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

conceptual framework
social learning
2 Citations (Scopus)

Global climate governance between hard and soft law: Can the Paris agreement's 'Crème Brûleé' approach enhance ecological reflexivity?

Pickering, J., McGee, J. S., Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S. I. & Wenta, J., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Law. 31, 1, p. 1-28 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ecological approach
global climate