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Professor in Political Sociology, University of Technology Sydney

James Goodman is a professor of political sociology and director of the Climate Justice Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney. He researches global and climate justice, energy policy and climate policy.

He has authored or co-authored six books, including 'Justice Globalism' (Sage, 2013), 'Climate Upsurge: An Ethnography of Climate Movement Politics' (Routledge, 2014), and the forthcoming ‘Beyond the Coal Rush: A Turning Point for Global Energy and Climate Policy?’ (CUP 2020).

Additionally, he has co-edited seven volumes, including the recent 'Handbook of Transformative Global Studies' (Routledge 2020), and edited several Special Journal issues, most recently ‘Problems of Method in Climate and Energy Research’, for Energy Research and Social Science ( 2018); ‘Coal, Climate and Developmentalism: Comparative Perspectives’, for Energy Policy (2016).

He had led several collaborative ARC Discovery Projects, including the current 'Decarbonizing Electricity' project:


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Political Sociology, University of Technology, Sydney


  • 1995 
    Open University (UK), PhD Political Geography