• PhD, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • MSc, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • BSc (Hons I), Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil

Research interests

  • Sustainability and environmental governance
  • Innovative approaches to policy and regulation
  • Policy and regulatory implications of new technologies for conservation
  • Social-ecological systems, climate change adaptation, and natural resource management

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Academic appointments

  • Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Futures, University of Queensland, Australia (2018-present)
  • Research Fellow (casual), School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia (2016-2017)
  • Adjunct Senior Fellow, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia (2015-present)
  • Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia (2012-2015)
  • Research Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia (2008-2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, ITA Institute of Technology, Brazil (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Brasilia, Brazil (2007-2008)
  • Research Associate, Watermark Project, Brazil (2007-2008)


  • Pete Hay Environmental Politics Prize for the best Australian Political Studies Association Conference paper on Environmental Politics or Policy (2016)
  • Two publications among the most cited Marine Policy journal articles for 2012-2017

Awards and grants (selected)

  • Reef Trust Partnership/Great Barrier Reef Foundation, 2019, Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program Regulatory Approvals and Developmental Evaluation, A$142,000 (Hussey & Fidelman)
  • Brazilian Research Council (CNPq), 2016, Climate change vulnerability and risk in Brazil’s coastal regions, A$100,000 (Sousa Jr, Fidelman et al.)
  • Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, 2013-2014, Supporting governance institutions for adaptive capacity to environmental change in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Australia, US$ 45,000 (Fidelman et al.)
  • WWF-US, Coral Triangle Support Partnership, 2013, Identifying the alignments and misalignments between the policy networks and ecological networks of the Coral Triangle, US$10,000 (Treml, Bodin, Fidelman)
  • National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Marine Adaptation Network, Research Synthesis grant, 2012, Climate change adaptation and long-term resilience of the Great Barrier Reef, A$7,000 (Fidelman et al.)
  • Research Futures Collaborative Research Network/University of the Sunshine Coast, 2012-2013, Understanding multilevel relations in regional governance, A$20,000 (Fidelman et al.)
  • CAPES Foundation/Government of Brazil, 2010-2015, Climate change and impacts on the Brazilian coastal zone, A$945,000 (Sousa Jr, Fidelman et al.)
  • NCCARF, 2010-2011,  Limits to climate change adaptation in the Great Barrier Reef: Scoping ecological, institutional and economic limits, A$100,000 (Evans, Fidelman et al.)
  • Brazilian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2008)


  • Social Ecological Systems (lecturer), Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil (2018)
  • Sustainability Project (course coordinator and lecturer), University of the Sunshine Coast (2014-2015)
  • Guest lecturer in various academic and training courses

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Professional associations

  • Australian Political Studies Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • International Association for the Study of the Commons
  • Political Ecology Society

Service & engagement

  • Lead Author (Oceans and Coastal Policy) for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook 6
  • Theme co-leader  (Coastal and Marine Governance)  for the Centre for Marine Socioecology (2019-present)
  • Focus point for the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2012-2018)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project (2016-present)
  • Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project (2009-2016)
  • Reviewer of journal manuscripts for: AMBIO, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Conservation and Society, Coastal Management, Ecology and Society, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Environmental Science and Policy, F1000 Research, Global Environmental Change, International Journal of the Commons, International Environmental Agreements, International Journal of Climate Change, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Land Use Policy, Local Environment, Natural Resources Forum, Ocean and Coastal Management, Pacific Conservation Biology, Policy Studies Journal, and Weather, Climate and Society
  • Reviewer of submissions for the Earth System Governance Conference series: 2019 (Mexico), 2018 (Utrecht), 2017 (Lund),  2015 (Canberra),  2014 (Norwich), 2012 (Lund), 2011 (Colorado) and 2009 (Amsterdam)
  • Assessor of research proposals for: the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, Australian Research Council, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Natural Environment Research Council (UK), and National Science Foundation (USA).


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