Academic Papers

Diesendorf M (2016, in press) ‘Shunning nuclear power but not its waste: assessing the risks of Australia becoming the world’s nuclear wasteland’. Energy Research & Social Science .

Mey F, Diesendorf M, MacGill I (2016, in press). ‘Role of local government in facilitating renewable energy and community energy’. Energy Research & Social Science.

Diesendorf M (2016). ‘Subjective judgments in the nuclear energy debate’. Conservation Biology 30(3):666-669. doi:10.1111/cobi.12692. preprint (article + supporting information)

Delina L, Diesendorf M (2016, in press). ‘Strengthening the climate action movement: strategies and tactics from contemporary social action’. Interface.

Diesendorf M (2016) ‘The concept of base-load power.’ In JH Lehr & J Keeley (eds) Alternative Energy and Shale Gas Encyclopedia. Wiley, Chapter 56.

Diesendorf M (2016) ‘Strategies for transition to a future beyond growth’. In: H Washington & P Twomey (eds) A Future beyond Growth: Towards a steady state economy, pp.223-238. London & New York: Earthscan from Routledge.

Diesendorf M, Martin B (1980) ‘Integration of wind power into Australian electricity grids without storage: a computer simulation’, Wind Engineering 4 (4): 211-226.

Martin B, Diesendorf M (1980) ‘The capacity credit of wind power: a numerical model’, Proc. 3rd Int. Symp. on Wind Energy Systems, Copenhagen, Cranfield UK: BHRA Fluid Engineering, 555-564. (PDF)of similar paper givn at Simulation Society of Australia conference)

Haslett J, Diesendorf M (1981) ‘The capacity credit of wind power: a theoretical analysis’, Solar Energy 26: 391-401.

Martin B, Diesendorf M (1982) ‘Optimal mix in electricity grids containing wind power’, Electrical Power & Energy Systems 4 (3):155-161. (PDF)

Carlin JB, Diesendorf M (1983) ‘Analysis of some wind speed data from southern Australia with reference to potential wind energy conversion’, Wind Engineering 7: 147-160.

Martin B, Diesendorf M (1983) ‘The economics of large-scale wind power in an optimally mixed CEGB electricity grid’, Energy Policy 11: 259-266.

Diesendorf M (1986) ‘The mystery of declining tooth decay’, Nature 322: 125-129.

Mills D, Diesendorf M (1994) ‘The nature of renewable energy’, in: S Dovers (ed), Sustainable Energy: Pathways for Australian energy reform, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chap. 5, 112-128.


Diesendorf M (1994) ‘Windpower and other renewable energy sources’, in: S Dovers (ed), Sustainable Energy: Pathways for Australian energy reform, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, chap. 7, 150-169.


Diesendorf M (1995) ‘How science can illuminate ethical debates: a case study on water fluoridation’, Fluoride28(2): 87-104.

Blakers A, Diesendorf M (1996) ‘A scenario for the expansion of solar and wind generated electricity in Australia’, Australian Journal of Environmental Management 3:11-25.

Diesendorf M (1996) ‘How can a “competitive” market for electricity be made compatible with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions?’ Ecological Economics 17:33-48.

Diesendorf M, Colquhoun J, Spittle BJ, Everingham DN, Clutterbuck FW (1997) ‘New evidence on fluoridation’,Aust. J. Public Health 21:187-190.

Diesendorf M, Hamilton C (eds) (1997) Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an Ecologically Sustainable Future, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 378 pp. ISBN 1 86448 288 5.

Diesendorf M (1998) ‘Australian economic models of greenhouse abatement’, Environmental Science and Policy 1: 1-12.

Diesendorf, M. (1998) ‘The fate of the ESD recommendations on greenhouse response in the energy sector’, in: C. Hamilton & D. Throsby (eds), The ESD Process: Evaluating a Policy Experiment, Canberra: Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and Graduate Program in Public Policy, ANU, 41-52.

Hutabarat, R, Banfield K, Gollner A & Diesendorf M (1999) ‘Social sustainability in passenger transport’,Proceedings of Australasian Environmental Engineering Conference, Auckland, 131-136.

Banfield, K, Hutabarat R & Diesendorf M (1999) ‘Sydney’s passenger transport: accounting for different modes’,ATRF99 23:269-285.

Diesendorf M (2000) ‘A critique of the Australian government’s greenhouse policies’, in A. Gillespie. & W.C.G Burns (eds) Climate Change in the South Pacific: Impacts and Responses in Australia, New Zealand, and Small Islands States, Kluwer, pp. 79-93.

Diesendorf M (2000) ‘Sustainability and sustainable development’, in Dunphy, D, Benveniste, J, Griffiths, A and Sutton, P (eds) Sustainability: The corporate challenge of the 21st century, Sydney: Allen & Unwin, chap. 2, 19-37. (PDF)

Diesendorf M (2000) ‘Energy scenarios in global economic models of greenhouse gas reduction’, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, Special Issue on Global Modelling of Energy & Environmental Futures, 13:70-85.

Diesendorf, M. (2001) ‘Models of sustainability and sustainable development’, International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology 1:109-123.

Biswas, W., Bryce, P. & Diesendorf, M. (2001) ‘Model for empowering rural poor through renewable energy technologies in Bangladesh’, Environmental Science & Policy 4: 333-344.

Diesendorf M (2002) ‘The effect of land costs on the economics of urban transport systems’, in Wang, KCP, Xiao, G, Nie, L, & Yang, H (eds), Traffic and Transportation Studies, Proceedings of Third International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies (ICTTS2002), 1422-1429. (PDF)

Riedy C & Diesendorf M (2003) ‘Financial subsidies and incentives to the Australian fossil fuel industry’, Energy Policy 31 (2): 125-137.

Diesendorf M (2006) ‘Can geosequestration save the coal industry?’, in J. Byrne, L. Glover and N. Toly (eds),Transforming Power: Energy as a Social Project, Vol. 9, Energy and Environmental Policy Series, Transaction Press, pp. 223-248.

Diesendorf M (2006) ‘Wind power in Australia’, Int J Environ Stud. 63 (6): 765-776.

Saddler H, Diesendorf M, Denniss R (2007) ‘Clean energy scenarios for Australia’, Energy Policy 35 (2): 1245-56.

Buckman G & Diesendorf M (2010) ‘Design limitations in Australian renewable energy policies’, Energy Policy38:3365–76; addendum 38:7539–40.

Elliston B, MacGill I, Diesendorf M (2010) ‘Grid parity: a potentially misleading concept?’ Solar 2010 conference, Canberra, Australia, 1-3 December. (PDF)

Diesendorf M (2010) ‘The climate action movement in Australia’, Social Alternatives, 29(3):56-62.

Baumber A. Merson J, Ampt P & Diesendorf M (2011) ‘The adoption of short-rotation energy cropping as a new land use option in the New South Wales Central West’. Rural Society 20:266-279.

Diesendorf M (2011) Redesigning energy systems, pp.561-578, in J. Dryzek, R Norgaard & D Schlosberg (eds)Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society. Oxford University Press.

Diesendorf M (2011) ‘Scenarios and strategies for climate mitigation’, Journal of Australian Political Economyno. 66, 98-117.

Elliston B, Diesendorf M & MacGill I, (2011) ‘Simulations of scenarios with 100% renewable electricity in Australian National Electricity Market’, Solar 2011 Conference, Australian Solar Energy Society, Sydney, 30 Nov – 2 Dec [ PDF ]

Elliston B, Diesendorf M & MacGill I (2012) ‘Simulations of Scenarios with 100% Renewable Electricity in the Australian National Electricity Market’. Energy Policy 45:606-613. [ PDF ]

Delina L & Diesendorf M (2013) ‘Is wartime mobilisation a suitable policy model for rapid national climate mitigation?’, Energy Policy 58:371-380 (PDF)

Elliston B, MacGill I & Diesendorf M (2013) ‘Least cost 100% renewable electricity scenarios in the Australian National Electricity Market’, Energy Policy  59:270-282. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.03.038 [PDF]

Diesendorf M (2013) ‘A genuine “green” economy must be ecologically sustainable and socially just’. In: Schroeder, S. & Chester, L, (eds) Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell’s contribution to political economy. Springer, pp.223-241.

Elliston B, MacGill I & Diesendorf, M. (2014) ‘Comparing least cost scenarios for 100% renewable electricity with low emission fossil fuel scenarios in the Australian National Electricity Market’, Renewable Energy 66:196-204 (see News page).


Diesendorf M (2014) Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change. UNSW Press, Sydney, and Routledge-Earthscan, London. xx + 356 pp. ISBN: 9781742233901.

Delina LL, Diesendorf M & Merson J (2015) ‘Strengthening the climate action movement: strategies from histories’. Carbon Management  5(4):397-409DOI: 10.1080/17583004.2015.1005396 PDF