Clive Hamilton is an Australian author and public intellectual. In June 2008, he was appointed Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, a joint centre of the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne.

For 14 years, until February 2008, he was the Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank he founded.

Before establishing The Australia Institute, he taught in the Graduate Program of the Economics of Development at the ANU, then joined the Australian Public Service, first with the Bureau of Industry Economics and then at the newly formed Resource Assessment Commission. He also worked as a resource economist in Indonesia.

Clive has held visiting academic positions at Yale University, the University of Sydney, the Australian National University, and the University of Cambridge.

He has published on a wide range of subjects but is best known for his books, a number of which have been best-sellers. They include Growth Fetish (2003), Affluenza (with Richard Denniss, 2005), What’s Left: The death of social democracy (2006), Silencing Dissent (edited with Sarah Maddison, 2007) and Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change (2007).

His work took a more philosophical turn with the publication of The Freedom Paradox: Towards a post-secular ethics (2008)

Clive's latest book, titled Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the thruth about climate change, was published in 2010.

In December 2009, he was the Greens candidate in the by-election for the Australian federal seat of Higgins.

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