Dr Jamie Pittock is a Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

His research is based in water management and considers how our societies can conserve biodiversity, respond to climate change, supply energy and food, and better manage increasingly scarce water resources to benefit both people and nature.

Jamie (BSc, Monash; PhD, ANU) worked for environmental organisations in Australia and internationally from 1989-2007, including as Director of WWF’s Global Freshwater Programme from 2001-2007. His research from 2007 has focused on better governance of the interlinked issues of water management, energy and food supply, responding to climate change and conserving biological diversity. Jamie directs research programs on irrigation in Africa, hydropower and food production in Asia, and sustainable water management in the Murray-Darling Basin. In 2020, PLOS One ranked his research in the top two per cent of the world’s scientists.

He teaches courses on environment and society as well as on climate change adaptation. Among other roles, Jamie is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, serves on the public fund of Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific, and chairs the Eminent Scientists Group of WWF Australia. He is President of Friends of Grasslands.

He has extensive experience with the media communicating the implications of environmental research findings for the community.

Fields of expertise



Project empowering farming communities in Southern Africa

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Treaty offers solid ground for wetland protection

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