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Professor Jon Barnett

BPD, MAprelim (Melbourne), PhD (ANU)

Elected: 2016

Discipline: Geography


Professor Jon Barnett is a political geographer in the School of Geography at The University of Melbourne. His research investigates social impacts of, and responses to, environmental change. This includes advancing knowledge of the impacts of climate change on cultures, food security, migration, water security, and peace, based on fieldwork in several Pacific Island Countries, and in Australia, China and Timor-Leste. He led the Australian Government’s National Adaptation Research Network for the Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions of Climate Change from 2009 to 2013. He was a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, and he co-edits Global Environmental Change – a world leading journal in human geography and the environmental social sciences. 


New Zealand Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellow, Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Australian Research Council Fellowship

Australian research Council Future Fellowship

Al-Moumin Environmental Peacebuilding Award

Planning Institute of Australia, Victorian Division Award for Cutting Edge Research

The University of Melbourne Vice Chancellors Engagement Award


Barnett, J., Graham, S., Mortreux, C., Fincher, R., Waters, E. and Hurlimann, A. 2014. A Local Coastal Adaptation Pathway. Nature Climate Change 4: 1103-1108.

Barnett, J. and Campbell, J. 2010. Climate Change and Small Island States: Power, Knowledge and the South Pacific, Earthscan, London.

Barnett, J. and Adger, N. 2007. ‘Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict, Political Geography, 26(6): 639-655.

Barnett, J. 2001. The Meaning of Environmental Security: Ecological Politics and Policy in the New Security Era, Zed Books, London and New York.


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Email: jbarn [at] unimelb.edu.au
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