PROF Jon Barnett

PROF Jon Barnett


  • Climate Change (Vulnerability and Adaptation)
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Security Studies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water Resource Management



  • Jon Barnett is Professor in the School of Geography at The University of Melbourne. He is a political geographer whose research investigates social impacts and responses to environmental change. His research has helped explain the impacts of climate change on coastal communities, cultures, food security, migration, and water security. He is particularly focused on adaptation solutions that contribute to social justice and peace. Jon has conducted fieldwork in several Pacific Island Countries, and in Australia, China and Timor-Leste. He co-edits the journal Global Environmental Change.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, The Australian National University 1999
  • MAprelim, University of Melbourne 1994
  • BPD, University of Melbourne 1993

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2016
  • Planning Institute of Australia, Victorian Division Award for Cutting Edge Research, 2014
  • Al-Moumin Environmental Peacebuilding Award, 2014
  • The University of Melbourne Vice Chancellors Engagement Award, 2013
  • Australian Research Council, 2012
  • Research Fellow, Australian Research Council, 2005
  • New Zealand Science and Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Foundation for Research, Science & Technology, 2000



Available for supervision

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