Professor Jamie Pittock

Convener of Affiliates

Professor Jamie Pittock teaches courses on environment and society (ENVS1001/6101) and climate change vulnerability and adaptation (ENVS8003 & ENVS8013). He co-convenes ANU's Masters of Climate Change program. Jamie's 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's PhD examined integration between management of freshwater ecosystems and responses to climate change, involving 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. He worked for WWF Australia on: national environmental laws; conservation of threatened biodiversity; management of invasive species; and measures to support Indigenous and private conservation land managers. He also worked 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. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the World Commission on Protected Areas, serves on the Advisory Board of The Nature Conservancy Australia and the public fund of Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific, and chairs the Eminent Scientists Group of WWF Australia. Jamie is an editor of Regional Environmental Change, Frontiers - Freshwater Science, and Ecosystem Services.

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)
  • Garrick, D., Anderson, G., Connell, D., & Pittock, J. (Eds.). (2014). Federal rivers: Water management in multi-layered political systems. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Lukasiewicz, A., Finlayson, C. M., & Pittock, J. (2014). Incorporating climate change adaptation into catchment managment: A user guide. Report No. 76. Albury: Charles Sturt University.
  • Pittock, J. (2013). Air-cooling Kogan Creek Power Station. In C. King (Ed.), Thermal power plant cooling: Context and engineering (pp. 5.2.1:6-7). New York: ASME Press.
  • Pittock, J., K. Hussey, S., McGlennon 2013. "Australian Climate, Energy and Water Policies: conflicts and synergies." Australian Geographer 44(1): 3-22. DOI:10.1080/00049182.2013.765345
  • Pittock, J., & Loures, F. R. 2013. Governing international watercourses in an era of climate change. In F. Loures & A. Reiu-Clark (Eds.), The UN Watercourses Convention in force: Strengthening international law for transboundary water management (pp. 305-320). Oxford: Routledge.
  • Gross, C. Pittock, J. Finlayson, C.M. and Geddes, M.C. 2012. Climate change adaptation in the Coorong, Murray Mouth and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, Final report to the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. NCCARF Publication 06/12. Brisbane.
  • Pittock, J., C. M. Finlayson, et al. (2012). "Beguiling and risky: 'Environmental works and measures' for wetlands conservation under a changing climate." Hydrobiologia [online].
  • Pittock, J., Maynard, S., & Cork, S. 2012. The state of the application of ecosystems services in Australia. Ecosystem Services, 1(1). doi:
  • Pittock, J. and Xu, M., 2011. World Resources Report Case Study. Controlling Yangtze River floods: A new approach, In World Resources Report 2010: Decision making in a changing climate. World Resources Institute, Washington DC.