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Professor John Wiseman

Deputy Director, MSSI

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Professor John Wiseman is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.  His current research focus is the social, economic and political transformations needed to reduce the risks of runaway climate change and achieve a just and sustainable post carbon future.

Post Carbon Pathways:
Sustainability and Gross National Happiness: Bhutan GNH Centre project
Climate Transformations

Personal Expertise:
Post carbon economy frameworks, strategies and transition plans; Transformation and transition studies; Development and use of wellbeing and sustainability indicators; Relationships between climate change knowledge, attitudes and actions; Impacts of climate change on health and wellbeing.

• PhD, Latrobe University  (1994)
• Bachelor of Social Work, Melbourne University (1978)
• Bachelor of Arts, Melbourne University (1976)

• Sam Richardson Award (2004) for most important or influential article published in Australian Journal of Public Administration
• Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet Achievement Award (2001) for development of Victorian Government integrated policy framework, Growing Victoria Together.
• RMIT University Quality Award for outstanding contribution in Teaching and Learning (1999)
• Lelio Basso International Prize for Political and Economic Alternatives (1998). 

Leadership positions:
• Foundation Director, McCaughey Centre, VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
• Moderator, Cranlana Program, Myer Foundation
• Professor of Public Policy and Foundation Director, Institute for Community Engagement and Policy Alternatives, Victoria University
• Assistant Director, Policy Development and Research Branch, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victorian Government
• Associate Professor, School of Social Science and Planning, RMIT University
• Head, Department of Social Work, RMIT University
• Visiting Fellow, Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, Toronto

Board experience:
• Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College of the Arts
• Academic Board, University of Melbourne
• Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab
• Australian National Development Index
• Thermometer Foundation for Social Research on Climate Change
• Wesley Mission
• Safe Climate Australia
• Torch Community Theatre
• Victorian Council of Social Service (Chair)

Consultancy clients:
Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria; Department of Planning and Community Development, Victoria; Department of Education and Training, Victoria; Victorian Local Governance Association; Victorian Health Promotion Foundation; Victorian Council of Social Service; Department of Premier and Cabinet, South Australia; Victorian Auditor General; Melbourne Community Foundation.

6 books; 20 peer reviewed articles, 25 book chapters and 30 major policy and research reports including:

• Wiseman, J. and Edwards, T. ‘Post Carbon Pathways: A critical overview of plans and strategies for achieving a rapid transition to a just and sustainable post carbon future’, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Centre for Policy Development, 2012 (forthcoming).
• Edwards, T. and Wiseman, J. ‘Climate change, catastrophe and transformation: The necessity and possibility of a post carbon future’, Arena Magazine, April 2011
• Wiseman, J. and Edwards, T. ‘Climate change, resilience and transformation: Challenges and opportunities for local communities’ in I. Weissbecker (ed.) Climate Change and Human Wellbeing: Global Challenges and Opportunities, Springer, NY, 2011.
• Fritze, J., Wiseman, J. and Williamson, L. ‘Community engagement and climate change: Learning from recent Australian experience’, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2010, pp134-147.
• Edwards, T. and Wiseman, J. ‘Liveable and Just: A toolkit for local government to address the social and equity impacts of climate change’, Victorian Local Governance Association, Melbourne, 2010.
• Wiseman, J. ‘Dancing with Strangers: Understanding the Parallel Universes of Academic Researchers and Policy Makers’, SSA/ANZSOG Discussion Paper No. 11, May 2010.
• Biggs, C., Ryan, C. and Wiseman, J. ‘Distributed systems: A design model for sustainable and resilient infrastructure’, Victorian Eco Innovation Lab, University of Melbourne, March 2010.
• Cox, D., Frere, M., West, S. and Wiseman, J. ‘The development and use of community wellbeing Indicators: Learning from Community Indicators Victoria’, Australian Journal of Social Issues, May, 2010.
• Fritze J. & Wiseman J. ‘Climate Justice: Key Debates, Goals and Strategies’ in J. Moss (ed), Climate Change and Social Justice. MUP, Melbourne, 2009.
• Wiseman J. and Nolan T. 2008. ‘Climate transformation: the next revolution in public health?’ Journal of Public Health. 30 (4): 362-363.
• Bourke, S., Blashki, G.,  Fritze, J. and Wiseman, J. ‘Hope, despair and transformation: climate change and the promotion of mental health ad wellbeing’, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 2: 13, 2008.
• Brasher, K. and Wiseman, J. ‘Community Wellbeing in an Unwell world’, Journal of Public Health Policy, Vo. 29, No. 3, 2008, pp. 353-365.
• Wiseman, J. ‘Designing public policy after neo-liberalism’ in Smythe, P. Reddel, T. and Jones, A. (eds.) Community and Local Governance, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2005.
• Adams, D. and Wiseman, J. ‘Navigating the Future, The Development and Implementation of Growing Victoria Together’, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 62, No. 2, June 2003, pp. 11-23.
• McBride, S. and Wiseman, J. (eds.) ‘Globalisation and its Discontents’, Macmillan, London, 2000.
• Wiseman, J. ‘Global Nation: Australia and the Politics of Globalisation’, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1998.
• Wiseman, J. ‘Alternatives to oppressive globalisation’ in Lelio Basso International Foundation, Prize for Economic and Political Alternatives, Lelio Basso Foundation, Rome, 1998.