PROF Jon Barnett

PROF Jon Barnett


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



  • Jon is a political geographer whose research investigates social impacts and responses to environmental change. He has twenty years of experience conducting field-based research in several Pacific Island Countries, and in Australia, China and Timor-Leste. This research has helped explain the impacts of climate change on cultures, food security, inequality, instability, migration, and water security, and ways in which adaptation can promote social justice and peace. Jon is Professor and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in the School of Geography at The University of Melbourne. He was a Lead Author of the chapter on Human Security in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and he co-edits the journal Global Environmental Change.   


Member of

  • Environmental Peacebuilding Association. Member 2018 -
  • Institute of Australian geographers. Member 2004 -


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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

  • Australian Research Council, 2019
  • 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
  • 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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