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Jon's current research  focuses on environmental politics and global climate policy, including governance of solar geoengineering, engingeering biology and carbon dioxide removal. His most recent book Ecomodernism: Technology, Politics and Climate Crisis (Polity, 2019) explores the argument for increased state investment in low-carbon innovation. Jon also works on processes of international norm change. His previous book Queer Wars: The New Global Polarization over Gay Rights (co-authored with Prof. Dennis Altman, Polity, 2016) explored the debate between those arguing that 'LGBTQI rights are human rights' and those who believe rights protections should not extend beyond the 'traditional values of mankind'.

Jon is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the Macquarie School of Social Sciences. Prior to joining Macquarie University (July 2013) Jon was a Lecturer at La Trobe University, Melbourne and before that an Assistant Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He received his PhD from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne in December 2007.


Research student supervision

Current PhD Supervision:

Tom Dixon, 'Engineering Biology and International Relations: An Analysis'

Ellen Kirkpatrick, 'The Pandemic and Capitalist systemic Crises' - Associate supervisor

Completed PhD Supervision:  

Bryan Maher, 'Is Carbon Dioxide Removal Politically Feasible? Exploring the global prospects of CDR via an Australian case' (primary supervisor)2020

Alan McCormack, 'Australia-Indonesia: The Quest for a Better Relationship. Could FDI have a Role?' (Co-supervisor) 2018 

Completed MRes Supervisions:

Bryan Maher. 'What are the key political and technical challenges facing Carbon Capture and Storage that will determine whether it can play the meaningful role expected by many IPCC scenarios in limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius?' (primary supervisor) 2016

Dave Lisle, MRes 'From great moral challenge to coal is good for humanity: Examining climate policy drift in Australia' (primary supervisor) 2015

Alan McCormack: ‘Indonesian decentralisation, corruption and its impact on Foreign Direct Investment.’ (primary supervisor) 2014

External positions

RePlanet Europe, Advisory Board

1 Jun 2022 → …

Australian Institute of International Affairs NSW, Council Member

1 Nov 20211 Nov 2023


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