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Supervisors

As a PhD student, you will have at least one supervisor on the Australian and one on the German side. Which of these is your main supervisor depends on where you will spend most of your research time. 

If you are mainly based in Australia, your main supervisor will come from the University of Melbourne. You then can have one or two co-supervisors, at least one from one of the participating German universities. 

If you are mainly based in Germany, your main supervisor will come from one of the participating German Universities. You can then have one or two co-supervisors, at least one from the University of Melbourne.

During your PhD, your supervisors will be your most important mentors. They will guide you through the ups and downs of becoming a world expert on a particular topic. It is important not only that you work on a topic that thrills you, but also that you have a good connection with your supervisors. Before a scholarship can be provided or a college affiliation awarded, it is essential you meet at least once with your main supervisor to check if a three-year collaboration will work for you both.

On this website we list the supervisors currently associated with the College. Feel free to contact them with specific questions, or to ascertain whether a PhD under their supervision might be a possibility.

However, the current list of supervisors is not exhaustive, and we expect it to increase over time. If you know of another potentially suitable supervisor at either the University of Melbourne or one of the German partner universities, please do contact us to discuss your idea.

A/Prof Malte Meinshausen is Director of the Australian-German College at The University of Melbourne since 2012 and is affiliated with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. He holds a PhD in "Climate Science & Policy", a Diploma in "Environmental Sciences" from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and an MSc in "Environmental Change and Management" from the University of Oxford, UK. Before joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 2006, he was a Post-Doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Tansu Alpcan’s research involves applications of distributed decision making, game theory, communicaton and control to various security and resource allocation problems in networked and energy systems. 

Professor Jon Barnett is not available for supervision

Jon is Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Geography at Melbourne University. He is a political geographer who researches the impacts of and responses to environmental change on social systems in Australia, East Asia and the South Pacific. Jon is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group II, Ch 12), and he is co-editor of Global Environmental Change.    

A/Prof Simon Batterbury specialises in the interdisciplinary analysis of environment and development issues - mainly in developing countries. Understanding how farmers in dryland Africa adapted to harsh environmental and socio-political constraints and used 'development' projects as part of this. He has since refocused on the Asia-Pacific region, with research in East Timor and New Caledonia. 

From 2017, A/Prof Batterbury is the inaugural Professor of Political Economy, Lancaster University, UK and is a Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne, based here part of the year. 

Dr. Grant Blashki has been a practicing GP for over 20 years and is an Associate Professor in Global Health at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has served as an examiner for the fellowship. His three themes of teaching and research are general practice/primary care, sustainability and mental health. He has co-authored over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, 4 books, over 30 peer reviewed conference abstracts, and more than 20 government/policy reports. 

Adam’s work focuses on the business, policy, and communication pathways to a low carbon future. He works on how clean energy entrepreneurship can be scaled up, how firms respond to a clean energy future, and how new technologies are enabled by new business models.

He is currently an ARC DECRA fellow on clean energy entrepreneurship, examining clean energy innovation and acceleration in Australia, the US, Europe, and internationally. Adam has a Doctorate in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, a Masters in Globalisation from the University of London, and started his studies in Ecology and evolutionary biology.

Dr Peter Christoff teaches and researches climate politics and policy in the Department of Resource Management and Geography. He is a member of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation, and member of the Board of the Australian Conservation Foundation. He was formerly a member of the (Victoria) Premier's Climate Change Reference Group, the Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and the Assistant Commissioner for the Environment (Victoria).

A/Prof Robert Crawford has broad research expertise and interest in the built environment, sustainability, life cycle assessment and renewable energy. His research focuses on building environmental assessment, with a particular emphasis on sustainable resource use, the environmentally appropriate selection of materials and sustainable building design and feasibility.

Dr Brendan Cullen is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, researching and teaching in pasture agronomy, livestock production systems and farm systems modelling. 

Dr Roger Dargaville is a senior lecturer at Monash University. Roger was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne. His fields of expertise are in modelling of integration of renewable energy technologies into large energy system and large-scale storage technologies including pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He was co-lead on the ARENA grant ‘Least Cost Carbon Abatement in the Australian Electricity Sector’ that attracted $1.4M in funding.

Richard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (www.piccc.org.au), a joint research initiative between the University of Melbourne and Agriculture Victoria. He is a science advisor to the Australian, New Zealand and UK governments, and the UN FAO and European Union, on climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy development in agriculture.

Robyn Eckersley

Robyn Eckersley was educated at the University of Western Australia, Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Tasmania, and taught political science at Monash University from 1992-2001 before joining the University of Melbourne in 2002. She has published widely in the fields of environmental politics, political theory and international relations, with a special focus on the ethics and governance of climate change, including in journals such as Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Ethics and International Affairs and Global Environmental Politics. 

Ottmar Edenhofer is Professor of the Economics of Climate Change (appointment together with the Michael Otto Stiftung) at the Technische Universität Berlin and Co-Chair of the Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and is currently leading Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions - that focuses on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation.

Katja Frieler

Katja Frieler holds a Diploma in Mathematics of the University of Bielefeld and a Ph.D. in “Physics of the Atmosphere” of the University of Potsdam. As Ph.D. student she worked at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI, Potsdam) on chemical modelling of polar stratospheric ozone losses. Before joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in July 2008 she was a Post-Doc at the Department of Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology, Charité, University Medicine Berlin.

Andrey Granopolski

Dr Andrey Ganopolski is a senior research scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), specialising in earth-system dynamics, the global carbon cycle, and modelling past and future climate change. He won the American Meteorological Society Editor's Award in 2010 and the European Geosciences Union Milutin Milankovic Medal in 2011. He is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. His current PIK projects include MegaRun: Simulation and Understanding of Glacial Cycles and NEXT: Next Generation Earth System Models.

Brendan Gleeson joined Melbourne University in January 2012 as Professor of Urban Policy Studies and then took on the directorship of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute in early 2013. Professor Gleeson came from the position of Deputy Director of the National University of Ireland’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. Prior to that he set up the Urban Research Program at Griffith University and was its inaugural Director.

Professor Green holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture and an interdisciplinary Doctorate in landscape planning/design and environmental psychology. He is a landscape architect and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Fiona Haines is Professor of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Her research, which encompasses work on society/industry relationships including grievances and multinational enterprises, centres on white collar and corporate crime, globalisation and regulation. Her most recent book is Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions, Hart Publishing, 2015, co-edited with Bettina Lange and Dania Thomas.

Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science at the University of Queensland. Prof Hoegh-Guldberg is deeply-motivated by a desire to communicate science effectively, undertake game-changing research and to find high-impact solutions to address several of the most pressing and serious challenges facing humanity worldwide, such as climate change, food security, clean energy and population growth.

Dr Rachel Hughes is a cultural and political geographer with wide-ranging interests in the geographies of law, geopolitics, social memory and visual and material cultures. Her prior research has examined issues of memory, justice and geopolitics in reference to late twentieth century Cambodia. She is the author of a number of book chapters and journal articles on the contested and internationalised memory of the Cambodian genocide, and an editor of the collection Observant State: geopolitics and visual culture.

 Louise Jeffery

Dr. Louise Jeffery is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany where she leads the PRIMAP emissions module group. At PIK, Louise examines the pledges, rules, and agreements of the UN climate change negotiations, providing critique and assessment of their effectiveness. Her published work includes analysis of how mitigation burdens can be shared fairly among countries and assessments of the sufficiency of current climate action plans.

Professor David Karoly is an internationally recognised expert in climate change and climate variability, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. He was heavily involved in preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007, in several different roles. 

Yoshihisa Kashima

Yoshihisa Kashima is Professor of Psychology at Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne. He researches on cultural dynamics – stability and change of culture over time. To this end, he has written more than 100 journal articles and 30 book chapters on topics including theories and metatheories of culture and psychology, neural network modelling of social cognitive processes, social reproduction of cultural representations, as well as cross-cultural differences in social cognition, self, and language use.

Jurgen Kurths is Chair of the research domain Transciplinary Concepts and Methods at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at Humboldt University Berlin. His project-related expertise incudes time-series analysis and modelling of complex systems; complex synchronisation and its application in Earth Sciences; and complex networks. He has supervised to completion 60 PhD students, half of whom now have a Tenure Track position.

Prof Dr Anders Levermann is Co-chair of Research Domain III, Sustainable Solutions, at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of the Dynamics of the Climate System at the Physics Institute of Potsdam University. Since 2010 he is a lead author of the chapter on sea-level change for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. He is the head of PIK's flagship project TUMBLE, investigating the stability of the great ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the Asian Monsoon and Atlantic overturning circulation.

Hermann Lotze-Campen

Hermann Lotze-Campen is a Co-Chair of PIK Research Domain II "Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities". He has developed the global land use model MAgPIE for assessments of the interplay between climate impacts, global food and bioenergy demand, agricultural land and water use, international trade, and the environment. Hermann studied Agricultural Sciences and Economics at the University of Kiel and the University of Reading (England), where he graduated in 1992 with a Master's degree in Agricultural Economics.

Wolfgang Lucht

Wolfgang Lucht is Co-Chair of the research domain "Earth System Analysis" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Since 2009 he has been the Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Sustainability Science at Humboldt University, Berlin. His main areas of research are sustainability science; earth system analysis; biosphere transformations; landscapes, culture and symbols.

A/Prof Minnegal lectures in anthropology at the University of Melbourne, with primary teaching and supervision interests in the areas of ecological/environmental anthropology and economic anthropology.

Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is the Director of the Research Unit on Regional Governance ast the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, University of Melbourne. From 2000 to 2009, she was Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. She holds Australia's only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union.

Dr Lisa Palmer is a human geographer who teaches and researches on human-environment relations and indigenous approaches to environmental and social governance. Her research takes a critical ecological approach and is focused on south-east Asia (particularly Timor Leste) and indigenous Australia. 

Stefan Rahmstorf

Stefan Rahmstorf is Head of Earth System Analysis at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He has been Full Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University since 2000. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Honorary Fellow of the Univeristy of Wales/ Bangor. His main areas of expertise are future sea-level rise; statistics of the future evolution of climatic extreme events; and physical modelling of climatic tipping elements.

Prof Rayner's main research activities focus on the estimation of surface sources and sinks of CO2.
He uses satellite and in-situ measurements with models to quantify and understand the patterns and mechanisms of CO2 release and uptake with a focus on the tropics and Southern Hemisphere.
In 2002, Prof Rayner was awarded the Priestley Medal of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the major research award in this field within Australia.

Professor Chris Ryan, Director of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne, has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology, environmental policy and design, and in projects that span the community sector, academia, governement and international agencies and business.

Mike Sandiford

Prof Mike Sandiford is an ARC Professorial Research Fellow studying tectonic activity within the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, particularly focussing on the factors that have shaped the landscape of Australia, and in our near northern neighbors such as Timor and Indonesia. His work on the thermal structure of the Australian crust provides an important framework for understanding the extraordinary abundance of Uranium in Australia, and has lead to the current upsurge of interest in geothermal energy exploration in South Australia.

Dr Sebastian Thomas is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in climate strategy and environmental social science. His work examines human-nature relations – the interconnected economic, social, and policy dynamics of sustainability innovations, climate governance, and environmental management.

Kevin Walsh is a professor in the School of Earth Sciences. He specialises in tropical meteorology, climate change and climate variability.

John Wiseman

John Wiseman is a Professorial Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Policy Development, Sydney.

A/Prof Margaret Young is the Director of Studies, Environmental Law at the Melbourne Law School. She researches and teaches in the fields of public international law, international trade law, climate change law and the law of the sea. She is the author of the prize-winning Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law and Regime Interaction in International Law: Facing Fragmentation. A former Gates Scholar, she is currently working on a project on fossil fuel subsidies.