Robyn Eckersley joins us to discuss green political theory and the future of the state and democracy in a context of climate emergency.
Robyn Eckersley is Professor and Head of Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia where she specialises in environmental governance, politics, political theory and international relations. She was elected as Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2007 and in 2019, she received a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Environmental Studies Section of the International Studies Association. Robyn has been working at the interface of deep ecology, green political theory and international relations scholarship for over two decades. In her 2004 book ‘The Green State’, she laid out her argument for a ‘critical political ecology’ as a paradigm to navigate the political challenge of ‘greening states’, a theme which has continued to animate her work. Robyn has also been a vocal advocate for climate justice in the UN intergovernmental system, a shrewd analyst of the US’s role as a swing state in the long history of climate negotiations, and – most recently – begun evaluating the climate emergency movement and its implications for the future of the state and democracy.
For more information, check out Robyn's profile at the University of Melbourne or follow @EckersleyRobyn on Twitter.
Publications we discussed include:
- Robyn Eckersley. 2020. ‘Greening states and societies: from transitions to great transformations’, Environmental Politics, 30(1-2), pp. 245-265.
- Robyn Eckersley. 2017. ‘Geopolitan Democracy in the Anthropocene’, Political Studies, 65(4), pp. 983-999.
- Peter Christoff and Robyn Eckersley. 2013. Globalisation and the Environment. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
- Robyn Eckersley. 2004. The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty. Cambridge: MIT Press.
- Robyn Eckersley. 1992. Environmentalism and Political Theory: Toward an Ecocentric Approach. State University of New York Press.