Jeremy Baskin

PhD Researcher
BA (History and Politics) University of Cape Town, MRes (Corporate Governance and Ethics) University of London (Birkbeck), PhD (Political Science) University of Melbourne

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Jeremy Baskin is undertaking a second PhD ... brave or foolish or inexplicable, you decide! He is a candidate at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University in Canberra.

His research examines Expertise and the Covid-19 pandemic. Fascinated by claims to be 'following the science', he wants to understand the role of expertise in relation to making coronavirus policy: how expertise has shaped the pandemic and how the pandemic has shaped expertise. In particular, he will be looking at expertise and policymaking in Victoria (Australia), in South Africa, and in relation to the Gates Foundation. This work builds on a long-standing interest in the legitimacy, reliability and accountability of knowledge experts in public policymaking.

Jeremy has spent most of his life in South Africa. He has had a varied career as social movement organiser and anti-apartheid activist, senior public servant and policy advisor, research manager and designer of executive leadership programs, and a scholar. Most recently he has taught into academic programs ranging from environmental politics to law, and into MBA and similar programs in both Melbourne and Cambridge.

Jeremy's most recent previous research focussed on a controversial aspect of climate policy, solar geoengineering, as well as on the notion of the Anthropocene and sustainable development.

He tweets (irregularly) @jeremybaskin


Research interests


  • science and technology in society (STS)
  • public health policy
  • evidence and public policy
  • ignorance
  • epistemic networks
  • development studies


  • labour market policy
  • Anthropocene
  • environmental politics

Teaching information

Not currently teaching other than occasional invited lectures.



  • 2019. Geoengineering, the Anthropocene and the End of Nature. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2019 [1991]. Striking Back: a history of COSATU . Johannesburg/London, Ravan Press/Verso. 2nd edition with new Introduction.
  • 1996 (ed). Against the Current: labour and economic policy in South Africa. Johannesburg. Ravan Press.


Articles and Chapters:

  • 2021. ‘Picturing Pedagogy: images, teaching and development’, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, (in press). co-authored with Sundhya Pahuja.
  • 2019. ‘Global Justice and the Anthropocene: reproducing a development story’, in Frank Biermann and Eva Lövbrand (eds), Anthropocene Encounters: new directions in green political thinking. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.
  • 2015. ‘Paradigm dressed as epoch: the ideology of the Anthropocene?’ in Environmental Values, 24(1): 9-29.

Not peer-reviewed:

  • 2020. ‘Coronavirus and the rightful place of science’, Arena Online magazine, 5 May 2020.
  • 2019. ‘Geoengineering: we need technologies of humility, not of hubris’, Arena magazine, #161, pp. 11-13.
  • 2018. ‘Civilisation, White Farmers and being a South African Australian today’, Daily Maverick, 20/6/18.

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