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David Schlosberg

Director Sydney Environment Institute and Professor of Environmental Politics, University of Sydney

David Schlosberg is Director of the Sydney Environment Institute, Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations, and Payne-Scott Professor at the University of Sydney. He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory - in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. His other theoretical interests are in climate justice, climate adaptation and resilience, and environmental movements and the practices of everyday life. Professor Schlosberg’s more applied work includes public perceptions of adaptation and resilience, the health and social impacts of climate change, and community-based responses to food insecurity and shock climate events. He is the author of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford 2016). His latest book is Sustainable Materialism: Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life (Oxford 2019). Professor Schlosberg has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, Australian National University, Princeton University, University of Washington, and UC Santa Cruz, among others.


  • –present
    Professor of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney


    University of Oregon, PhD Political Science
    University of Oregon, MS Political Science
    University of California, Santa Cruz, BA, Politics (with honours)

Research Areas

  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)


Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia