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Global environmental politics (especially global climate change and biodiversity governance), and deliberative democracy in global governance


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Jonathan is an Associate Professor at the Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society, where he teaches international relations. Previously he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance (2015-19) at the University of Canberra.

He completed his PhD in philosophy at the Australian National University, 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 (2011-14), and was a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre at ANU from 2014-19.

Jonathan’s research interests include democracy and justice in environmental governance (particularly the global governance of climate change and biodiversity). He is currently working on a research project on interlinkages between climate policy and sustainable development policy in Australia. 

He has a Master's 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).

He is a senior research fellow with the Earth System Governance Project (a network of social science and humanities researchers working on the implications of global environmental change for governance at all scales) and a member of the Project's Scientific Steering Committee.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Philosophy, Australian National University


Award Date: 18 Jul 2014

Master, MSc (Development Studies)


Award Date: 31 Dec 2006

External positions

Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University



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