Dr Stewart Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations, with a specialisation in Australian politics, at the University of Sydney. His broad interests cover the breadth of Green politics in Australia and the Asia Pacific, with a special interest in party development. These interests also extend to green political theory, particularly environmental feminism.
Prior to becoming an academic, Dr Jackson was involved in Green politics for 20 years as a party activist, including a period as a State Secretary and as National Convenor of the Australian Greens.
Dr Jackson's PhD focused on the role of party members in shaping the party, and the potential impact of success on the party's original aims and principles. This focus has lead to a continuing examination of the philosophical drivers of the party, and the impacts of existing state and parliamentary institutions on that growth. Furthering this research has led to research collaborations with Dr Anika Gauja at the University of Sydney, Dr Christine Cunningham at Edith Cowan University, and Dr Narelle Miragliotta at Monash University. One of his current projects (with Dr Gauja) involves re-surveying the Australian Greens party membership and supporters, which, when originally undertaken in 2012, was one of the first of a major party in Australia.
While the Australian (and New Zealand) Greens can boast 40 years histories of political activism, this is not the case for green and environmental politics in the emergent democracies of Asia and the Pacific. An expanding field of research can be seen in examinations of the potentials for green political movements and parties to emerge in the Asia Pacific, with a particular interest in the physical and philosophical barriers to the development of the green parties in a non-western setting. An extended project, this will require extended collaborations with parties in members across the Asia Pacific.