Simon Batterbury (
simonpjb "at" unimelb.edu.au
Short cv .pdf
Publications of all sorts
Blog Entries on OA publishing, etc.
Research students past and present. Potential PhD students look here
Old Homepage, research themes, teaching, links etc.
"It's no use trying to be clever--we are all clever here; just try to be kind--a little kind". F.J. Foakes Jackson (a Cambridge academic, talking to a new arrival at the University, early 1900s)
"Generally it is our failures that civilise us. Triumph confirms us in our habits". Clive James. 1980. Unreliable Memoirs. Picador. p65
I work on the political ecology of natural resources, and international development issues, as a university scholar and occasional consultant and activist. I'm originally from the UK but have spent many years in other places, notably Australia, the USA, West Africa and continental Europe.
This site is oriented towards research and teaching interests, and also contains (under Publications) online versions almost everything I have written since 1993.
I’m Associate Professor in an interdisciplinary university department, University of Melbourne, Australia and also from 2008-12 I directed the University’s Office for Environmental Programs, which offers interdisciplinary taught post-graduate degrees in the environmental field. It has its own blog site for events and ruminations and has been widely recognized for its innovative teaching model.
Melbourne is a strong research and teaching university dating back to the 1850s. Initially modelled on Oxford and part of the Australian "Ivy league" (Group of 8), it is high in all the rankings.
Department I am in, School of Geography, has changed
its name due to almost continuous university restructuring. It is currently in the Faculty of Science. We were
the Department of Resource Management and
Geography from 2008-2014 in the
Melbourne School of Land and Environment, which was axed. Until 2006
we had the best name – SAGES - the
Despite environmental challenges, Melbourne is also one of the world's 'most liveable cities' according to assessments - better planned, interesting/alternative, and with a better climate than most of its northern-hemisphere equivalents. Soon to approach 4m people, it has a strong environmental movement, many NGOs, a tram network, a bayside coast, opulent Victorian architecture, a multicultural community, large homegrown music scene, and the best coffee in the country. It is expensive by North American standards.
Potential PhD students. I have a large group working on environment & development, international development, political ecology topics and engaged research. I am supposed to have a max of 7, often have up to 11. Masters students for taught programs should apply to the Masters of Environment, OEP, where 'streams' can be chosen including 'development' and 'conservation'. I also teach many Master of Development Studies students. I occasionally have honours students in geography (Honours is an undergrad 4th year with a 15,000 wd. thesis in Australia)
In 2007-8 I was a James Martin
Fellow at ECI, University of
Oxford, UK in a unit focussing on climate change policy. In 2015, visiting fellow at
VUB, Brussels. I used to teach at the University of Arizona (USA), the
London School of Economics (
· Press on Batterbury family garden, Bath, UK
Dr Simon Batterbury est géographe et spécialiste de la gestion des ressources naturelles et des politiques environnementales en Afrique (Burkina, Niger) et dans la zone Asie-Pacifique (Nouvelle-Calédonie, Timor-Leste). Né en Angleterre, docteur de la Clark University (Etats-Unis, 1997) sur le thème du développement rural au Burkina Faso, il est aujourd’hui Associate Professor à l’Université de Melbourne depuis 2004 (et a Université de Oxford en 2007/8, VUB Bruxelles 2015). Entre-temps, il a travaillé à l’Université de Brunel à Londres, à la London School of Economics, et à l’Université d’Arizona (Etats-Unis). Auteur de 70 articles et de 6 «collections», il a reçu plusieurs « research grants ».
1 Feb 2016