Professor John Wiseman

John Wiseman’s current roles include: Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Energy Transition Research Hub, University of Melbourne; Adjunct Prof, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne; Research Associate, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. His previous academic and public policy roles include: Deputy Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne; Foundation Director, McCaughey VicHealth Centre for the Promotion Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne; Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University; and Assistant Director, Policy Development and Research, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

John’s major research and policy contributions have been in the fields of climate change and sustainability risks and challenges; the consequences and drivers of globalisation; regional economic and employment priorities; and community wellbeing and social justice policy frameworks and strategies.

The main focus of his current research and policy work is on strategies for accelerating the transition to a just and resilient zero-carbon society.


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.

Wiseman, J.

‘Roads Less Travelled: Reflections on Fifty Years of Arena Conversations about Ecological Politics’,

Arena Journal, December, 2016

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

Rickards, L., Kashima, Y., and Wiseman, J.

‘Barriers to effective climate change mitigation: the case of senior government and business decision makers.’

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 2014, 5(6): 753-773

Wiseman, J., Edwards, T. and Luckins, K.

‘Post carbon pathways: A meta analysis of 18 large scale post carbon economy strategies’,

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, June 2013.

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. and Edwards, T.

Post Carbon Pathways: A critical overview of plans and strategies for achieving a rapid transition to a just and sustainable post carbon future,

Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Centre for Policy Development, March 2012