Dr Jonathan PickeringPostdoctoral Fellow


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Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra

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 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.  


  • 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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