Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance
Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra
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 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).
- 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.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
- 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.
Pickering, J., McGee, J. S., Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S. I., and Wenta, J. (2018). “Global Climate Governance between Hard and Soft Law: Can the Paris Agreement’s ‘Crème Brûlée’ Approach Enhance Ecological Reflexivity?”, Journal of Environmental Law. Online version.
Pickering, J. (2018), “Ecological Reflexivity: Characterising an Elusive Virtue for Governance in the Anthropocene”, Environmental Politics: 1-22.
Dryzek, J.S., & Pickering, J. (2017), "Deliberation as a catalyst for reflexive environmental governance". Ecological Economics, 131, 353-360.
- Pickering, J. and Mitchell, P. (2017), "What Drives National Support for Multilateral Climate Finance? International and Domestic Influences on Australia’s Shifting Stance". International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 17 (1): 107-125.
- Pickering, J. (2016). "Moral Language in Climate Politics". In: Roser, D. & Heyward, C. (eds.) Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Pickering, J. (2015), “Top-down Proposals for Sharing the Global Climate Policy Effort Fairly: Lost in Translation in a Bottom-up World?”. In Breakey, H., Popovski, V. and Maguireeds, R., eds, Ethical Values and the Integrity of the Climate Change Regime, Aldershot, Ashgate, pp. 89-104
- Pickering, J., Jotzo, F. and Wood, P.J. (2015), "Sharing the Global Climate Finance Effort Fairly with Limited Coordination". Global Environmental Politics 15, 4, pp. 39-62.
- Pickering, J., Skovgaard, J., Kim, S, Timmons Roberts, J., Rossati, D, Stadelmann, M. and Reich, H. (2014), "Acting on climate finance pledges: Inter-agency dynamics and relationships with aid in contributor states", World Development, 68, pp. 149-162.
Pickering, J. and Rübbelke, D. (2014), “International Cooperation on Adaptation to Climate Change”. In Markandya, A., Galarraga, I. and Sainz de Murieta, E., eds, Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation, Abingdon, Routledge, pp. 56-75
- Pickering, J., Vanderheiden, S. and Miller, S. (2012), "If equity’s in, we're out”: Scope for fairness in the next global climate agreement", Ethics and International Affairs, 26, 4, pp. 423-443.
- Pickering, J. and Barry, C. (2012), "On the concept of climate debt: Its moral and political value", Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 15, 5, pp. 667-685.
- Parker, C., Brown, J., Pickering, J., Roynestad, E., Mardas, N. and Mitchell, A.W. (2009), "The little climate finance book, Oxford: Global Canopy Programme".
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
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.