PROF Robyn Eckersley

PROF Robyn Eckersley

Positions

  • Democratic theory
  • Environmental political theory
  • Global environmental politics and governance
  • The international and national politics of climate change

Overview

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  • Robyn Eckersley was educated at the University of Western Australia, Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Tasmania, and taught political science at Monash University from 1992-2001 before joining the University of Melbourne in 2002. She has published widely in the fields of environmental governance, politics, political theory and international relations, with a special focus on the ethics, politics and governance of climate change. Her book The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty (2004) won the Melbourne Woodward Medal in 2005 for the best research in Humanities and Social Sciences and was runner up in the International Studies Association’s Sprout Award for 2005 for the best book on Environmental Studies. In 2019 she received a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association. She has served as an invited Visiting Professor at the Research Center for Global Welfare, The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chiba University in Japan in 2008, a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford in 2009; as the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo in the northern winter of 2010- 2011; and she was awarded the Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professorship in Social Sciences by the Swedish Research Council in 2018, which she took up at Lund University in 2019. She was elected as Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2007. In service to her Discipline, Robyn Eckersley has served as Chair of the Organising Committee of the Second Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS II), held at the University of Melbourne in 2006, the Sixth OCIS VI, held at the University of Melbourne on 2014; and as Chair of the Oceanic Conference on International Studies Transition Committee. She is also Co-convenor/Treasurer of the Australian Political Studies Association Environme   

Affiliation

Member of

  • International Studies Association. International Studies Association 2007 -
  • Australian Political Studies Association. Australian Political Studies Association 1993 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

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Additional Grant Information


  • • (with Dr Raymond Orr), Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Seed Funding Scheme 2013 on ‘Climate Change Deniers: A Pilot Q Study’, ($11,417).
    • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2011-2014, ‘What Makes a Climate Leader? Developed Countries' Responsibilities Under the International Climate Regime ($376,000)
    • Australian Research Council Linkage Learned Academies Special Project (LASP) 2009, ‘Reconceptualizing Human Security: Its Uses and Limitations for Developing Australian Foreign Policy’ (Chief Investigator with Professor Dennis Altman (lead CI) and Professor Joe Camilleri, La Trobe University) ($120,000)
    • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2007-2009, ‘Regime Interplay: From Conflict to Integration in Overlapping International Regimes’ ($110,000)
       

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Tasmania 1990
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge 1984
  • LLB, The University of Western Australia 1980
  • BJuris, The University of Western Australia 1979

Awards and honors

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association, 2019
  • Kerstin Hesselgren Professorship in Social Sciences awarded by the Swedish Research Council., 2017
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2007
  • Joint runner up in the International Studies Association's Sprout Award for the best book in the field of environmental studies, 2005
  • Woodward Medal for the best research in Humanities and Social Sciences (Co-winner), University of Melbourne, 2005

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Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently supervising topics relating to:

    • Climate politics, policy and governance
    • Trade governance
    • Environmental political theory
    • Climate justice
    • Environmental political theory

    Current Primary Supervisions 

    • Cathy Alexander. Enacting durable public-interest reforms: a comparative analysis of carbon pricing in Australia and British Columbia’ (PhD)
    • Dean Coldicott ‘The Emergence of the World Trade Organisation: Power, Interests, Norm Formation and the Practices of Complex Multilateralism’ (PhD)
    • Kenned Mbeva, Explaining the Diffusion and Variation of Environmental Provisions in Preferential Trade Agreements’
    • Stephanie Campbell, Taking Political Responsibility for Climate Justice: The potential and limitations of translocal climate justice initiatives’ (PhD)
    • Amalia Louisson, Posthumanism and Biodiversity Protection in New Zealand’ (PhD)


    Current Associate Supervisions