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Professor John Wiseman

John Wiseman is Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne and Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Global and Population Health.  He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development.

Professor Wiseman has worked in diverse academic and public sector settings including as Foundation Director of the McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health; Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University; and Assistant Director, Policy Development and Research, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Professor Wiseman’s major research and policy contributions have been in the fields of social justice and citizen engagement; strengthening and measuring community wellbeing; globalization impacts and responses; the development and implementation of social, economic and environmental policy frameworks; sustainability transitions; and climate change risks and solutions.  

His current research, writing and advocacy work focuses on the social and political transformations needed to drive a rapid transition to a just and resilient post carbon society.


Recent publications:

Wiseman, J. Submission to: Commonwealth of Australia, Senate Inquiry on Retirement of Coal Fired Power Stations, November 8, 2016

Alexander, S. and Wiseman, J. 'The Degrowth Challenge: Reducing energy and resource consumption as an essential component in achieving carbon budget targets' in Garcia, E.; Martinez-Iglesias, M. and Kirby, P. (eds), Transitioning to a Post-Carbon Society: Degrowth, Austerity and Wellbeing, Macmillan Education, 2016 UK

Workman, A.; Blashki, G.; Karoly, D.; Wiseman, J. ‘The Role of Health Co-Benefits in the Development of Australian Climate Change Mitigation Policies’, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 927.

Gleeson, B.; Pollard, S. and Wiseman, J. Cities and climate action after Paris: key opportunities and priorities, MSSI Briefing Paper, MSSI, University of Melbourne, June 2016

Wiseman, J. ‘Art in a Harsh Climate: Pathways to a Just and Resilient Post-Carbon Culture’ in Abrahams, G.; Gellatly, K.; & Johnson, B. (eds) Art+Climate=Change, MUP, Melbourne, 2016

Wiseman, J, Karoly, D and Sheko, A 2014, ‘Cool Melbourne: Towards a sustainable and resilient zero carbon city in a hotter world', in Whitzman, C, Gleeson, B & Sheko, A, Melbourne: What Next? Research Monograph No. 1, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne, 2014

Alexander, A, Nicholson, K and Wiseman, J ‘Fossil Free, The Development and Significance of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement', Issues Paper, No. 4, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, 2014

Rickards, L, Kashima, Y, and Wiseman, J 2014, ‘Barriers to effective climate change mitigation: the case of senior government and business decision makers.’ Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5(6): 753-773

Wiseman, J., Edwards, T and Luckins, K 2014, ‘Pathways to a sustainable and resilient urban future: economic paradigm shifts and policy priorities’ in Pearson, L. Newton, P. and Roberts, P. Resilient Sustainable Cities: A Future, Routledge, London

Wiseman, J 2014, ‘Imagine 2033: How we achieved a rapid transition to a just and resilient post carbon society’ in Sykes, H. (ed) A Love of Ideas, Future Leaders, Melbourne

Rickards L, Ison R, Fünfgeld H, Wiseman J, 2014, 'Opening and closing the future: climate change, adaptation, and scenario planning', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 32(4) 587 – 602, 2014

Rickards L, Wiseman J, Edwards T, Biggs C, 2014, 'The problem of fit: scenario planning and climate change adaptation in the public sector', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 32(4) 641 – 662