Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance

Jonathan PickeringAssistant Professor


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Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance

Research Interests

Global environmental politics (especially aspects relating to deliberative democracy, justice, discourses, institutional architecture and North-South politics), International climate change negotiations and financing.

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Jonathan Pickering is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, Economics and Society at the University of Canberra, where he teaches International Relations. From 2015 to 2019 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canberra, based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. His research focuses on democracy and justice in global environmental governance, with an emphasis on climate change and biodiversity. His research has been published in a range of journals including Climate Policy, Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Politics, and World Development. He has co-authored with John Dryzek a book on The Politics of the Anthropocene (Oxford University Press, 2019) and with several colleagues a Cambridge Element on Deliberative Global Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2019).


  • 2014. PhD (Philosophy), Australian National University
  • 2006. MSc (Development Studies), London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2003. Bachelor of Laws (Hons; University Medal), University of Sydney
  • 2000. Bachelor of Arts (Hons; University Medal), University of Sydney.


  • 2015-Present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra


  • 2014-Present. Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University.  


  • 2009-2012. Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for Doctoral Study, Australian National University


  • International Studies Association (2011-current); Society for Applied Philosophy (2012-current); Australian Political Studies Association (2015-current)
  • Research Fellow, Earth System Governance network (2015-current)


  • 2015-Present. Co-editor, working paper series, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance.
  • 2015-Present. Convenor, Ecological Democracy Working Group, Taskforce on Conceptual Foundations of Earth System Governance.
  • 2015. Convener, Environmental Politics Stream, Australian Political Studies Association annual conference.


  • Contributor to Policy Space and DevPolicy blogs.

Selected Publications:

Research Projects & Grants

Deliberating in the Anthropocene (2015-2019)

Investigators: John Dryzek

Post-Doctoral Fellow: Jonathan Pickering

The Anthropocene is the emerging environmental epoch in which human activity is a major driver of a less stable and more chaotic Earth system, which can be contrasted with the unusual climatic stability of the past 10,000 years of the Holocene (in which human civilization arose). The implications are profound: for example we cannot so easily speak of  “restoration” ecology or environmental “preservation” because there is no going back to any ecological baseline. To date the response of social scientists has been limited, producing at most calls for strengthened global governance. This project explores the idea that a polycentric deliberative approach to the Anthropocene involving co-evolutionary relations between human and ecological systems may yield more effective governance than a top-down managerial approach. The project is both theoretical and empirical, with applications to the global governance of climate change, biological diversity, and ozone layer protection.

Funding: Australian Research Council – Laureate Fellowship

PhD Supervision

Dr Pickering welcomes PhD proposals focusing on the following topics: global environmental politics (especially aspects relating to deliberative democracy, justice, discourses, institutional architecture, multilateral negotiations, international financing, and North-South politics), and deliberative democratic theory and practice.

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