David Schlosberg Elected to the Academy of Social Sciences

Congratulations to SEI Director David Schlosberg on his election to the Academy of Social Sciences this week, in recognition of his world-leading research in environmental justice.

The University of Sydney Quadrangle

We are thrilled to announce that this week David Schlosberg, Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations, Payne-Scott Professor, and Director of the Sydney Environment Institute, has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Founded as the Social Science Research Council of Australia in 1942, this prestigious organisation aims to further the reach of the social sciences within Australia and beyond. Professor Schlosberg’s election recognises his contributions to the advancement of social science knowledge and the impact that his decades of research have made.

Election to the Academy is based on the commendations of peers and requires a majority vote by current Academy fellows. Professor Schlosberg was nominated by John Dryzek, Centenary Professor, ARC Laureate Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.

Professor Schlosberg is known internationally for his pioneering work in environmental politics, environmental movements, justice and political theory. His other research interests lie in climate justice, climate adaptation and resilience, and environmental movements and the practices of everyday life. Professor Schlosberg’s applied work includes public perceptions of adaptation and resilience, the health and social impacts of climate change, and community-based responses to food insecurity, themes which are all explored through research and in praxis here at the Sydney Environment Institute, under his leadership.

Professor Schlosberg is the author, co-author, or co-editor of eight books with Oxford University Press, including Defining Environmental Justice (2007);Climate-Challenged Society (2013); The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (2016).

His latest book, Sustainable Materialism: Environmental Movements and the Politics of Everyday Life, co-authored with Dr Luke Cravenwas published by Oxford University Press in 2019.


Professor Schlosberg will be formally welcomed to the Academy in Canberra on November 12, 2019, along with Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice, from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry’s Department of History.

President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Professor Jane Hall, congratulated the scholars elected this year, saying that the new members are “at the cutting edge in social research and policy, and they’ve all made enormous contributions to their fields. It’s a privilege to have people of this calibre as members of the Academy.”

University of Sydney Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison echoed these sentiments and congratulated the new Fellows:

“Professor Fitzmaurice and Professor Schlosberg are leading scholars in their fields and have produced groundbreaking research over many years. They are also research leaders – having taken on significant leadership roles at Departmental, School and Faculty level, as well as being passionate advocates for the values of the social sciences in the broader community. I am delighted they have been recognised for their work.”