Prof John Wiseman (Fellow)

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

Professor Wiseman has worked in diverse academic and public sector settings including as Foundation Director of the McCaughey Centre for Community Wellbeing, 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.


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