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Aaron has an academic background in social sciences, and experience within education, communication and the NGO sector. His research interests and experiences are focused on transformations and carbon budgets. He has a strong passion for climate justice.
Aaron graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Western Australia. His thesis looked at how gifting emissions trading permits in the early years of the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme in Germany incentivised, and ultimately led to, an increase in coal-usage and associated carbon dioxide emissions despite the stated contrary aim of the ETS.
Aaron sees education and effective communication as key elements of creating a more sustainable world. Within the education sector, Aaron has worked at as a teaching assistant at the University of Western Australia and currently works in a similar capacity at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University. He has also worked with several education projects in Colombia and worked as a private music teacher for many years. In communication, Aaron has worked with fundraising and campaigning for the Conservation Council of Western Australia and is an experienced debater and public speaker having competed internationally at debating tournaments across Europe and Australia.
Aaron’s masters research focuses on social-ecological transformations using the Seeds of Good Anthropocenes database. His project researches which system features present in these sustainable initiatives have the potential to catalyse more radical transitions towards sustainable futures on larger scales.
Aaron also currently works as a research assistant at the Climate Change Leadership Node at Uppsala University collaborating with local government bodies in Sweden to develop a carbon budget framework based on equity. This resulted in the publication of individual carbon budget reports for many Swedish municipalities and regional governments.
Outside of his work and study ambitions, Aaron is a keen musician. He is a singer/song-writer, rock guitarist and classical pianist. He is interested in languages and poetry, and regularly practices meditation.