Dr Emma Shortis

Emma Shortis is a historian and frequent media commentator on the European Union, environmental politics, and the politics and history of the United States in the Trump era.

Emma joined the Social and Global Studies Centre in June 2018. A historian by training, Emma’s research interests include the European Union, global environmental governance, environmental history and diplomacy, the relationship between history and climate change adaptation, and US politics and history. Emma is often asked to provide media commentary on both environmental politics and historical connections to current events in the United States and Europe, tailored for an Australian audience. She’s a regular guest on ABC News radio and television, and programs like Triple RRR’s Common Sense.

Emma is currently working on several major projects with the European Union Centre of Excellence. The Jean Monnet Network on the Sustainable Development Goals brings together researchers from all over the world with an interest in the SDGs and the EU’s role in their implementation. Emma’s SDG research focuses on environmental transformation, and the implications of the SDG agenda for climate action. The Gippsland Smart Specialisation (S3) Strategy project, initiated by the Victorian Latrobe Valley Authority, brings together government, business, research and education and civil society in Gippsland to co-design a shared vision for the region’s future prosperity, environmental sustainability and social well-being. It applies the S3 methodology pioneered in the European Union. In this project, Emma’s research focus is on climate change and energy transitions.

Before joining SGSC, Emma was a Fox-Zucker International Fellow at Yale University. She recently completed her PhD in History at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD was titled ‘Saving the Last Continent: Environmentalists, celebrities and states in the campaign for a World Park Antarctica, 1978 – 1991.’ An innovative research project in environmental history, Emma’s PhD was based in an understanding of the evolving roles of state, federal and international environmental policy and law, the role of national and international NGOs, regional organisations such as the Antarctic Treaty System, and international organisations such as the EU and UN. It argues that Antarctica is a symbol of peace, science and environmental protection that has direct relevance to the current, global crisis of climate change.

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