Mr Joshua Barritt

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Joshua is a PhD Candidate in Politics and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester. He specialises in environmental and international politics, and public policy. His central research interests focus on biodiversity conservation, climate change and how the two intersect. 

Theoretically, Joshua is interested in debates regarding conservation in the Anthropocene, and how these debates are changing conservation politics, policies and practices. He is also interested in debates on transformations to sustainability. His empirical interests centre on coastal and marine environments with a focus on coral reefs. 

Joshua’s PhD analyses marine biodiversity conservation policy responses to the effects of climate change on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. His research is supervised by Dr Carl Death and Dr Paul Tobin.

External positions

Elected Committee Member of the Postgraduate Network (PGN), British International Studies Association

1 Sep 202031 Aug 2021

Areas of expertise


  • Environmental politics, public policy, political ecology, posthumanism, biodiversity conservation, climate change, ocean governance

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2018 - Master of Science, Environment, Politics and Development, School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London) (2016 - 2018)
  • 2014 - Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages, The University of Manchester (2010 - 2014)