Clive Hamilton

Clive Charles Hamilton AM FRSA (born 12 March 1953) is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE)[1] and the Vice-Chancellor's Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University.[2] He is a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government,[3] and is the Founder and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute.[1][4] He regularly appears in the Australian media and contributes to public policy debates.[5] Hamilton was granted the award of Member of the Order of Australia on 8 June 2009 for "service to public debate and policy development, particularly in the fields of climate change, sustainability and societal trends".[6]

Clive Hamilton
Clive Hamilton, 2009 (cropped).jpg
Clive Hamilton, in 2009.
Born (1953-03-12) 12 March 1953 (age 67)
Alma materAustralian National University, University of Sussex
Notable work
Growth Fetish & Afluenza
AwardsOrder of Australia
InstitutionsAustralian National University, Charles Sturt University

Education and academic careerEdit

Hamilton graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts in history, psychology and pure mathematics in 1975 and completed a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney in 1979. He was an Overseas Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholar and completed his Doctorate at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in 1984.[4] His thesis was titled "A general equilibrium model of South Korean development".

He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Fellow at the Research School of Pacific Studies of the Australian National University from 1984 to 1988 and the Director of the Graduate Program in the Economics of the Development at the National Centre for Development Studies of the Australian National University from 1986 to 1988. From 1994 to 1997 he was a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and from 1997 to 2002 he was a Fellow in Public Policy at the Australian National University and he was a Visiting Fellow of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in 2004.

From 1988 to 1990 he was a Senior Research Economist at the Bureau of Industry Economics of the Federal Department of Industry, Science and Resources (now the Productivity Commission).

Hamilton founded the Australia Institute in 1993 and was Executive Director until 2008.[1]

He has been an Academic Visitor at Oxford Uehiro Centre, a Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Martin School and a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Oxford.[7]

He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and was a Visiting Scholar of the Department of Land Economy of the University of Cambridge.[8]

He was a Senior Visiting Fellow of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University.


Hamilton has written about the issue of climate change politics over a period of some 15 years.[9] His book Requiem for a Species (Earthscan 2010) explores climate change denial and its implications. His earlier books, Scorcher (2007) and Running from the Storm (2001), were critical of the Australian Government's efforts, especially in relation to the Kyoto Protocol.[10] Hamilton's general view about climate change is that the "world is on a path to a very unpleasant future and it is too late to stop it".[9] Hamilton argues that to believe anything else is to deny the climate change truth and engage in wishful thinking.[11]

Hamilton has written several books relating to consumerism and overconsumption. Growth Fetish (2003) became an Australian best-seller and suggests that the unthinking pursuit of economic growth has become a fetish, which has not led to any real improvements in levels of happiness.[12] In Growth Fetish, Hamilton advocates the politics of wellbeing over economic growth.[13] In Affluenza (2005), Hamilton describes how these themes play out at a personal level, as he explores the shallowness of modern consumer life.[13] In What's Left? (2006) Hamilton comments on topics written about in Growth Fetish and Affluenza. He argues that there is an emergence of new types of "alienation and exploitation", in the form of ravages of the free market, which have "robbed life of its meaning".[14] The Freedom Paradox (2008) relates to the nature and consequences of advanced consumer capitalism. In the book Hamilton proposes a system of "post-secular ethics" that will serve as a challenge to the "moral malaise" occasioned by the "freedom of the marketplace".[15]

Silencing Dissent: How the Australian Government Is Controlling Public Opinion and Stifling Debate, edited with Sarah Maddison was published in 2007.

In February 2018 Hamilton published the book Silent Invasion: China's influence in Australia on the increasing involvement of the Chinese Communist Party in Australian civil society and politics.[16]

Political candidateEdit

Hamilton campaigning in the seat of Higgins in 2009

On 23 October 2009, Hamilton was announced as the Australian Greens candidate for the by-election in the federal seat of Higgins.[17] He ran against nine others for the seat, and came second, receiving 32.40 percent of primary votes and 39.77 percent of preferred votes.[18] The Australian Labor Party did not run a candidate in the election.


Books by Clive Hamilton include:[19]

  • Hamilton, Clive (1986). Capitalist Industrialization in Korea, Westview Press.
  • Hamilton, Clive (ed) (1991). The Economic Dynamics of Australian Industry, North Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive (1994). The Mystic Economist, Sydney: Willow Park Press.
  • Hamilton, Clive & Diesendorf, Mark (eds) (1997). Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an Ecologically Sustainable Future, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive & Throsby, David (eds) (1998). The ESD Process: Evaluating a Policy Experiment, Canberra: Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2001). Running from the Storm: The Development of Climate Change Policy in Australia, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2003). Growth Fetish, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive & Denniss, Richard (2005). Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2006). What's Left? The Death of Social Democracy, Sydney: Quarterly Essay.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2007). Scorcher: The Dirty Politics of Climate Change, Melbourne: Black Inc.
  • Hamilton, Clive & Maddison, Sarah (eds) (2007). Silencing Dissent: How the Australian Government Is Controlling Public Opinion and Stifling Debate, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2008). The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2010). Requiem For A Species: Why We Resist The Truth About Climate Change, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2013). Earthmasters: Playing God with the climate, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2016). What Do We Want?: The Story of Protest in Australia, Canberra: National Library of Australia[20]
  • Hamilton, Clive (2017). Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene, Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Hamilton, Clive (2018). Silent Invasion: China's influence in Australia , Sydney: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 9781743794807.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Clive Hamilton". Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.
  2. ^ "CSU EXPERTS". Charles Sturt University. Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
  3. ^ The Australian Climate Change Authority board announced. 21 June 2012
  4. ^ a b "Clive Hamilton: Brief CV" (PDF). Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011.
  5. ^ Schmidt, Lucinda (30 July 2008). "Profile: Clive Hamilton". The Age.
  6. ^ It's an Honour
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 December 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b Kelsey Munro. Too late for all but prayers The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February 2010.
  10. ^ Tim Flannery. Scorcher: the dirty politics of climate change The Age, 25 May 2007.
  11. ^ Steven Yearley. Book of the week: Requiem for a Species Times Higher Education, 3 June 2010.
  12. ^ Ross Gittins. When growth turns into a monster The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 May 2008.
  13. ^ a b Kirsty Needham. A serious bout of affluenza The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 May 2005.
  14. ^ Maley, Barry (1 June 2006). "When the left is half right". Quadrant. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  15. ^ Richard King. The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 2008.
  16. ^ Brophy, David (April 2018). "David Brophy reviews 'Silent Invasion: China's Influence in Australia' by Clive Hamilton". Australian Book Review. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Greens announce candidate for Higgins". ABC News. 23 October 2009.
  18. ^ Australian Electoral Commission: Higgins By-election results Archived 8 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Books by Clive Hamilton".
  20. ^ Readings, retrieved 4 December 2016

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