Professor John Wiseman

Professorial Research Fellow
Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute


John Wiseman is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. His other current roles include Adjunct Professor at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Development and Climate Change Policy Adviser, Sustainability Victoria.

John has worked in diverse academic and public sector settings including as Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute; Foundation Director of the McCaughey Centre for Community Wellbeing, Melbourne School of Population Health; and as 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; globalization impacts; social, economic and environmental policy frameworks and indicators; sustainability transitions; and climate change risks and solutions.

His current work focuses on the actions needed to drive a rapid transition to a just and resilient post carbon society.

Recent publications

Wiseman, J. The Great Energy Transition of the 21st Century: The 2050 Zero-Carbon World Oration, Energy Research and Social Science, January 2018

Spencer, T., Colombier, M., Sartor, O., Garg, A., Tiwari, V., Burton, J., Caetano, T., Green, F., Teng, F. & Wiseman, J. ‘The 1.5°C target and coal sector transition: at the limits of societal feasibility’, Climate Policy, December, 2017

Wiseman, J. Campbell, S. and Green, F. Prospects for a “just transition” away from coal-fired power generation in Australia: Learning from the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station, CCEP Working Paper 1708, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, November 2017

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">

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