I am Professor of Environmental Politics and International Relations at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Canberra, Australia. I am an interdisciplinary scholar working across international law and international relations, philosophy, political theory, science and technology studies, and the environmental humanities.
I am a graduate of the University of Technology, Sydney and the Australian National University. Prior to joining academia I was a human rights activist on Southeast Asia and the South Pacific (especially East Timor), and Principal Research Officer for the Australian Senate’s environment, arts and communications committee, where I led the drafting of reports on the Jabiluka uranium mine and Australia's response to climate change. I was co-lead on the UNSW Grand Challenge on Thriving in the Anthropocene.
I have published in Nature, Review of International Studies, International Political Sociology, Angelaki, Theory & Event, Ethics & International Affairs, Millennium, Earth System Governance, and Critical Studies on Security. My books include Uranium (Polity, 2017), Global Insecurity (with Rita Parker, Palgrave 2017), Ethical Security Studies (with Jonna Nyman, Routledge 2016), Ethics & Global Security: A Cosmopolitan Approach (with Katrina Lee-Koo and Matt McDonald, Routledge 2014), Beyond Security, Ethics & Violence: War Against the Other (Routledge 2007), and Fear of Security: Australia's Invasion Anxiety (Cambridge University Press 2008; Pluto Press Australia 2001). With Stefanie Fishel I am completing a new book for the MIT Press entitled The Ecology Politic: Power, Law & Earth After the Holocene.
I am the founding editor of the Borderlands journal, and am coeditor of Palgrave Macmillan's Environmental Politics & Theory book series.