Associate Professor Pedro Fidelman

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Policy Futures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Pedro Fidelman leads strategic projects in the Environment, Energy and Sustainability theme at the UQ Centre for Policy Futures, including the Centre's contribution to the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program and Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre.

Pedro’s research focuses on environmental policy and governance with an emphasis on the role of institutions (e.g., regulations, norms, and decision-making processes) in addressing global environmental change (e.g., over-exploitation of natural resources, biodiversity loss and climate change). He is also interested in the process of policy making and associated social and political actors and contextual factors.

His research is predominantly empirical, drawing on case studies in the context of marine and coastal social-ecological systems, climate change adaptation and natural resources management in Australia, Southeast Asia and Brazil. Current research includes governance, policy and regulatory implications of using novel and emerging technologies for environmental outcomes, and policy and regulatory innovation in the context of ecological, technological and social change.

Prior to joining UQ, Pedro held research positions in Brazil (e.g., University of Brasilia) and Australia (e.g., ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Sustainability Research Centre of the University of the Sunshine Coast).

Research Interests

  • Governance, policy and regulatory innovation
    Governance, policy and regulatory innovation in the context of environmental, technological and social change.
  • Policy and regulatory implications of emerging technologies
    Policy and regulatory implications of new and emerging technologies for environmental outcomes.
  • Environmental policy and governance
    Including, but not limited to, marine and coastal social-ecological systems, natural resource management, climate change and water management.
  • Policy and institutional analysis
    Policy and institutional analysis particularly in relation (but not limited) to global environmental change
  • Climate change adaptation
    Policy and strategies to enhance the capacity of government, industry and community to respond and adapt to climate change.
  • Marine and coastal social-ecological systems
    Governance of marine and coastal social-ecological systems, biodiversity, conservation, restoration and blue economy.
  • Institutional theory
    New institutionalism, Ostrom's school of political economy, institutional analysis and development framework

Research Impacts

Pedro Fidelman has contributed expertise to several national and international initiatives in his field, serving as cluster co-leader (climate change) for the Ocean Governance Taskforce of the Earth System Governance Project, theme co-leader (marine and coastal governance) for the Centre for Marine Socioecology, member of the Future Earth Australia Oceans and Coasts National Strategy Expert Working Group, and lead author (oceans and coastal policy) for the UN Global Environment Outlook 6.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong

Publications

  • Hartley, Sarah, Taitingfong, Riley and Fidelman, Pedro (2022). The principles driving gene drives for conservation. Environmental Science and Policy, 135, 36-45. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2022.04.021

  • Frohlich, Miguel, Smith, Timothy F., Fidelman, Pedro, Baldwin, Claudia, Jacobson, Chris and Carter, R.W. (Bill) (2022). Towards adaptive coastal management law: lessons from Australia and Brazil. Ocean and Coastal Management, 219 106057, 106057. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2022.106057

  • Fidelman, Pedro (2021). Assessing the adaptive capacity of collaborative governance institutions. Adaptiveness: changing earth system governance. (pp. 69-82) edited by Riyanti Djalante and Bernd Siebenhüner. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108782180.006

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Fidelman, Pedro (2021). Assessing the adaptive capacity of collaborative governance institutions. Adaptiveness: changing earth system governance. (pp. 69-82) edited by Riyanti Djalante and Bernd Siebenhüner. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108782180.006

  • Baker, Elaine, Boileau, Pierre, Fidelman, Pedro and Rice, Jake (2019). Changing the path we are on. The blue book, Copernicus for a sustainable ocean . (pp. 107-109) edited by Cécile Thomas-Courcoux. France: Mercator Ocean International .

  • Fidelman, Pedro (2019). Climate change in the Coral Triangle: enabling institutional adaptive capacity. Climate change and ocean governance. (pp. 274-289) edited by Paul G. Harris. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108502238.017

  • Mangalagiu, Diana, Baker, Elaine, Fidelman, Pedro, Goncalves, Leandra Regina, Harris, Peter, Hollway, James, Kim, Rakhyun E., Rice, Jake and Alkhatlan, AlAnoud (2019). Oceans and coastal policy. Global Environment Outlook – GEO-6: healthy planet, healthy people. (pp. 348-371) edited by Paul Ekins, Joyeeta Gupta and Pierre Boileau. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108627146.020

  • Jacob, Klaus, King, Peter, Fidelman, Pedro, Goncalves, Leandra Regina, Hollway, James, Sewerin, Sebastian and Chenmin, He (2019). Policy theory and practice. Global Environment Outlook – GEO-6: healthy planet, healthy people. (pp. 282-299) edited by Paul Ekins, Joyeeta Gupta and Pierre Boileau. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108627146.017

  • Sousa jr, W.C. and Fidelman, P.I.J. (2009). The technopolitics of water in Brazil. Water governance in Brazil: a multidisciplinary perspective. (pp. 195-211) edited by Ribeiro, W.C.. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Annablumme.

  • Fidelman, P.I.J. (2008). Challenges to decentralization of watershed management: the case of New South Wales, Australia. Watershed management: concepts and experiences. (pp. 170-184) edited by S.V. Menon and P.A. Pillai. Hyderabad, India: ICFAI University Press.

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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