Environmental Policy and Politics

Research in the field of environmental policy and politics from the Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.


Andrea Babon     Environmental politics and governance, political ecology of natural resources (forests; Asia-Pacific), sustainability, international development.

Jon Barnett     The impacts of and responses to environmental change on social systems in the Asia-Pacific region.

Simon Batterbury     Environment and development, political ecology of natural resources, sustainability and international development issues.

Candice Boyd     The geographies of mental health, therapeutic spaces, rurality, and contemporary museum geographies.

Sangeetha Chandrashekeran     Geographical political economy, socio-technical change, evolutionary economic geography, neoliberalism, sustainability and environmental justice.

Peter Christoff     Political science studies on climate and environmental politics and policy, both in Australia and internationally.

Brian Cook     Water, risk and sustainable development, agrarian change, exploring the governance and power of water and flood management.

Kate Dooley     Global environmental governance including the politics of terrestrial carbon accounting and land-use for climate mitigation.

Wolfram Dressler     Research that examines human-environment relations using a critical political ecology framework in the arena of conservation and development (Southeast Asia).

Gillian Gregory Ames     Resource governance, extractive industries, and development, with particular emphasis on Latin America.

Sergio Jarillo     Climate change adaptation practices, with a focus on community-based adaptation in the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Torres Strait Islands.

Vanessa Lamb     Human-environment interactions, international water politics, and political ecology of Southeast Asia.

Stephanie Lavau     Social and cultural aspects of environment management, knowledge and governance, particularly in relation to ecosystem health, environmental risk, biodiversity conservation, and natural resource management.

Celia McMichael     Research into international health and development, including water, sanitation and infectious disease, human migration and the health of refugees and displaced populations.

Lisa Palmer     Studies on the socio-natures and environment government, primarily focused on south-east Asia (particularly East Timor) and Indigenous Australia.

Paula Satizábal     Political ecology, human-environment interactions, agrarian and coastal change, environmental governance, geographies of the sea, and environmental justice.

Sebastian Thomas     Sustainability science and governance, climate policy and carbon markets, marine and coastal ecosystems, socio-technical systems and transitions, resilience and adaptation.

Mark Wang     Studies in the urbanisation of East Asia, and development and environmental issues in China.

Elissa Waters     Examining the role of the state in governance for climate change and disasters in Australia and the South Pacific

Research centres

Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions
A team of early career researchers in an interdisciplinary environment to conduct climate and energy systems research.

Melbourne Energy Institute
Interdisciplinary research on sustainable energy and the challenges of transitioning towards a low carbon energy system.

Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
The MSSI highlights and promotes sustainability research that connects research from different disciplines to develop beneficial solutions in contemporary society.

Research in this area is conducted in the School of Geography and the School of Ecoysystem and Forest Science.