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Joshua Barritt


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Joshua is a Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy). He is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Politics (POLI) and University College of Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL) at the University of Manchester.

He has taught both undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PGT) students, including on the following modules:

- POLI10202 Introduction to Comparative Politics (UG)
- UCIL33501 Climate Change and Society (UG)
- UCIL20411 Creating a Sustainable World: 21st Century Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals (UG)
- UCIL60312 Creating a Sustainable World: Interdisciplinary Applications of the Sustainable Development Goals (PGT)

Joshua is also the module leader for Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water on UCIL20411 and UCIL60312. The modules are convened by Dr Jen O’Brien and won Outstanding Teaching Innovation in Social Responsibility at the 2021 University of Manchester Making a Difference Awards.



Joshua is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, specialising in environmental politics, development studies and public policy.

His PhD analyses governance transformations to sustainability for biodiversity conservation, climate change and sustainable development with a focus on coral reefs. His research is supervised by Dr Carl Death and Dr Paul Tobin.

Joshua is also a researcher on the ‘Contemporary Crises and Net Zero Transitions: COVID-19, Energy and Ukraine’ project in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the University of Toronto.

He is a Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy), a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester, and a Widening Participation Fellow. 

Joshua has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Stockholm University, Sweden as part of the Turing Scheme.

He has also undertaken a professional placement as an Assistant Policy Analyst at the House of Commons, UK.



Research interests

Joshua’s research interests include:

  • Political ecology
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable development
  • Ocean governance
  • Transformations to sustainability

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Environment, Politics and Development, School of Oriental & African Studies (University of London)

1 Sept 20161 Sept 2018

Award Date: 1 Sept 2018

Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages, The University of Manchester

1 Sept 20101 Jul 2014

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

External positions

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

1 Sept 202031 Aug 2021

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)


  • political ecology
  • biodiversity conservation
  • climate change
  • sustainable development
  • ocean governance
  • transformations to sustainability
  • coral reefs


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