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Jonathan Symons is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. Jon received his PhD from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining Macquarie in July 2013 Jon was a Lecturer at La Trobe University Melbourne and before that an Assistant Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Jon's research interests include the politics and ethics of climate change, energy security and geo-engineering; theories of political and sociological legitimacy; processes of international norm change; sexuality and human rights; and international relations theory.


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Ecomodernism: technology, politics and the climate crisis

Symons, J., 2019, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. 232 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • In defense of Greta Thunberg: why extractivist conspiracies undermine efforts to fight global warming

    Symons, J., Jul 2019, Breakthrough Journal, 11.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

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    Realist climate ethics: promoting climate ambition within the Classical Realist tradition

    Symons, J., Jan 2019, In : Review of International Studies. 45, 1, p. 141-160 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ecomodernist citizenship: rethinking political obligations in a climate-changed world

    Symons, J. & Karlsson, R., 3 Oct 2018, In : Citizenship Studies. 22, 7, p. 685-704 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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