Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Sydney and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute
Professor David Schlosberg is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and environmental justice.
His current applied work includes both adaptation and resilience planning and food security policy with the City of Sydney, and the social impacts of climate change as part of the University of Sydney’s Research Hub on Health and Social Impacts of Climate Change. His more theoretical work focuses on environmental movements and everyday life, as well as the use of post-truth and alternative facts by opponents of environmental policy.
David’s first environmental memory is of running behind the ‘fog trucks’ in the suburbs of New York; they were spraying DDT to kill mosquitos, and all of the kids loved to hide in the thick white mist of insecticide. Maybe it’s not coincidental that his main academic interest is in environmental justice, which is about how and why different people and communities live in better, or worse, local environments.
Earlier on, he was simply trying to understand what it was and how it came to be. More recently, he’s become interested in how we actually develop and implement more just environmental policies in the ‘real world’ – which is much, much more difficult. David reads dystopian novels for fun, which explains a lot.