I'm a London-based researcher, originally from Melbourne. I've spent more than a decade working on climate change from multiple disciplinary perspectives, in numerous countries and in various professional capacities. This page provides a brief introduction to my research, consultancy and media engagement. As of 1 November 2019, I will be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department / Ethics Institute at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
My research traverses the disciplines of political science (especially political theory), philosophy, and law. It is organised around three applied themes concerned with the opportunities and challenges of "decarbonising" our societies:
Green transformations and the good life
Anti-fossil fuel politics and governance
Just transitions for the "losers" from structural change
Working on climate change - perhaps the most complex challenge facing humanity - has led me to engage critically with a range of more fundamental questions concerning democratic institutions, contemporary capitalism, innovation & change, loss, agency, and well-being.
I undertake consultancy work in fields relating to my expertise, specialising in projects that require advice and analysis concerning climate change mitigation policy and associated political strategy. I have a proven track record working as a consultant to government, businesses, NGOs, and think tanks in the UK and Australia.
In my consultancy work, I draw on more than five years' full-time professional experience in law and public policy. I began my career as a corporate lawyer in Australia specialising in climate change, energy, water and environmental regulation (2009-2012). I also spent two years as a Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern of Brentford) at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & The Environment at the London School of Economics & Political Science (2014-2015).
Media & events
I have written about the politics and governance of climate change in over 100 op-eds, essays and blog posts, and given interviews for BBC World, BBC Radio Four, ABC television and radio (Australia), CCTV (China), Voice of America, and Radio France International. My climate change work has been covered by The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times,
Le Monde, The China Daily, Time Magazine, Foreign Policy and The Guardian, among others.