Professor Matt McDonald

Matt McDonald




School of Political Science and International Studies

Areas of research & interest:

  • Climate change
  • Communications
  • Emissions reduction
  • International relations
  • Policy & regulation


  • Emissions reduction & sequestration
  • Policy & regulation

Research Institution:


Professor Matt McDonald joined the School of Political Science and International Studies in January 2010, and is the current Director of Teaching and Learning. After completing his PhD at UQ in 2003, Matt held lectureship posts in international relations at the University of New South Wales and the University of Birmingham (UK), and was Associate Professor in International Security at the University of Warwick (UK). His research focuses on critical theoretical approaches to security and their application to issues such as environmental change, Australian foreign and security policy, climate politics and Asia-Pacific security dynamics. He has published on these themes in a wide range of journsls, and s the author of Ecological Security: Climate Change and the Construction of Security (Cambridge UP, 2021), Security, the Environment and Emancipation (Routledge 2012) and (with Anthony Burke and Katrina Lee-Koo) Ethics and Global Security (Routledge 2014). He was formerly co-editor of Australian Journal of Politics and History. He is currently completing an ARC-funded project on comparative national approaches to the climate change- security relationship. He is currently leading the cross-disciplinary University research network, Climate Politics and Policy.