Associate Professor James Pittock

Associate Professor Jamie Pittock
Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment & Society
Researcher - Energy-Water Nexus
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
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Jamie Pittock is an Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society where he teaches courses on environment and society (ENVS1001/6101) and climate change vulnerability and adaptation (ENVS8003). His research focusses on environmental governance, climate change adaptation, energy and sustainable management of water. Jamie manages a major research projects on irrigation and water in Africa (Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) and on energy and food in the Mekong region.

Since 2010 Jamie has also been Director of International Programs for the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, and he continues research programs that link Australian and southern African expertise to improve management of water and agriculture.

Jamie's PhD examined integration between management of freshwater ecosystems and responses to climate change. His research examined how institutions at the international, national and river basin scales managed freshwater ecosystems and climate change. This research focussed on the interplay between the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. National and basin scale research involved case studies from Australia, Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining ANU, Jamie worked for WWF international as Director of their Global Freshwater Program on conservation of wetlands, water use in agriculture, and river basin management. Previously Jamie worked for WWF Australia on: national environmental laws; conservation of freshwater ecosystems, threatened species and communities, and native vegetation; management of invasive species; and measures to support Indigenous and private conservation land managers. He has also worked on environment and natural resource management issues in the Northern Territory and in Victoria.


Research interests

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Conservation of freshwater ecosystems
  • Hydropower and other water infrastructure
  • Intersection of biodiversity, climate change, energy, food and water policies
  • Multi-lateral environment agreements
  • Non-government organizations and natural resources management
  • River basin and landscape management
  • Water management (including in Africa, China and the Mekong)

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