Simon Batterbury (
simonpjb "at" unimelb.edu.au
Short cv .pdf
Publications of all sorts
Research students past and present. Potential PhD students look here
To-do list 2014 (eeks)
Old Homepage, research themes, teaching, links etc.
· Press on Batterbury family garden, Bath, UK
"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.
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.
The Department I am in, Department
of Resource Management and Geography, has
changed its name due to university restructuring. It is currently in the Faculty of Science and there is no
official web yet. From 2008-2014, we were in the Melbourne School of Land
and Environment, which was axed. Until 2006 we had the best name –
SAGES - the
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. I used to teach at
the University of Arizona (USA), the London School of Economics (
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). 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 d’une soixantaine d’articles et de 6 «collections», il a reçu plusieurs « research grants ».
1 Jul 2014