Professor David Schlosberg

David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the University’s Sydney Environment Institute. His general interests are in environmental politics and political theory; his research focuses broadly on environmental and climate justice, environmental democracy and participation, and the political theory, tactics, and organization of environmental and environmental justice movements. Some of this has been published in Environmental Justice and the New Pluralism (Oxford 1999), and Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford 2007). At this intersection of political theory and environment, he also co-edited, with Teena Gabrielson, Cheryl Hall, and John Meyer, the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (2016).

On the issue of climate change, Schlosberg has co-edited, with John Dryzek and Richard Norgaard, the Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (2011). That team also co-authored a short overview of The Climate-Challenged Society, published by Oxford University Press (2013). He has also published numerous articles on climate justice and adaptation.

Schlosberg’s current work includes conceptions and practices of climate justice, ecological justice, and community strategies for sustainability and adaptation to climate change. This includes projects with the City of Sydney and Resilient Sydney on community experiences of shock climate events, and with the City of Sydney on food insecurity. He is also a member of the University’s Research Hub on Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change funded by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Schlosberg’s current book project focuses on the new environmentalism of everyday life, or the practices of ‘sustainable materialism’ in new food, energy, and sustainable fashion movements. And he continues to write on the impact of our realization of the Anthropocene, in terms of what it means for both environmental management and for human/nonhuman relations.

Professor Schlosberg has held visiting positions as a Lecturer in Political Theory at the London School of Economics (2000-01), a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Fellow in Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University (2003-04), as Barron Visiting Professor in Environment and Humanities in the Princeton Environmental Institute at Princeton University (2009), as Visiting Professor of Sustainability at Newcastle University (UK, 2011), and as Visiting Research Fellow at both the University of Washington and University of California Santa Cruz (2016). His work has been financially supported by the National Science Foundation (US) and the Australian Research Council.

Professor Schlosberg joined the faculty of the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney in January 2011. He was a founding member of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ environmental humanities group, initial coordinator of the university’s Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society, and founding Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute.

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