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The Australian National University

Associate Professor James Pittock

Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science
T: +612 6125 5563

Areas of expertise

  • Ecosystem Function 050102
  • Freshwater Ecology 060204
  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change 050101
  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Wildlife And Habitat Management 050211
  • Climate Change Processes 040104
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, Etc.) 079901
  • Water Resources Engineering 090509

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)


Associate Professor Jamie Pittock 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 research projects on irrigation in Africa (Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe) and on energy and food in the Mekong region. Jamie is also Director of International Programs for the ANU's UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance.

Jamie's PhD examined integration between management of freshwater ecosystems and responses to climate change focussed on the interplay between treaties. National and basin scale research involved case studies from nine countries.

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 threatened species and communities; management of invasive species; and measures to support Indigenous and private conservation land managers. He has also worked on environmental issues in the Northern Territory and in Victoria.

Jamie is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the World Commission on Protected Areas, serves on the board of Water Stewardship Australia and on the Eminent Scientists Group of WWF Australia. Jamie is a senior editor of Regional Environmental Change.

Researcher's projects

My major work includes research on:

  • Water and agriculture in southern Africa
  • Management of the Murray-Darling basin
  • The energy-water nexus
  • Mekong River: hydropower, protein and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Pumped-storage hydropower in Australia
  • Governance of biodiversity, climate change, and water


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