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Jonathan Pickering

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra

Jonathan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Canberra, based in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He completed his PhD thesis on fairness in global climate change negotiations at the Australian National University in 2013. He currently researches the role of deliberative democracy in global environmental politics.

Jonathan has a Masters' degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and undergraduate degrees in arts and law from the University of Sydney. Previously he worked as a policy and program manager with the Australian Government's international development assistance program (AusAID, 2003-09).


  • 2014–present
    Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre, ANU
  • 2015–present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Canberra
  • 2010–2013
    Consultant, climate and development policy, ANU
  • 2007–2009
    Policy manager, International Forest Carbon Initiative, AusAID
  • 2003–2007
    Program officer / program manager, AusAID


  • 2014 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 2006 
    London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc (Development Studies)
  • 2002 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Laws
  • 1999 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2012
    “If Equity’s in, We’re Out”: Scope for Fairness in the Next Global Climate Agreement, Pickering, J., S. Vanderheiden, and S. Miller. Ethics & International Affairs 26 (4):423-43.

Research Areas

  • Applied Ethics (2201)
  • Economic Development Policy (160505)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)