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Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Chris Dunstan is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney. Chris has more than 20 years of experience in energy policy, strategic management and sustainability. Chris’ current research focuses on addressing regulatory and market barriers to the development of sustainable energy. He is also a Project Leader for the CSIRO Intelligent Grid Research program.

Between 1997 and 2004, Chris led strategic planning and policy development at the Sustainable Energy Development Authority of NSW (SEDA).

Chris was instrumental in the development of:

* the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme;
* the NSW Demand Management Code of Practice for Electricity Distributors;
* disclosure of fuel sources and emissions on electricity bills;
* proposals for greenhouse gas emissions trading in the electricity sector; and
* the NSW Government's $200 million Energy Savings Fund

Chris regularly advises government and business clients on sustainable energy issues. His recent research clients include: City of Sydney, Sustainability Victoria, VicUrban, NSW Department of Environment Climate Change and Water, the Federal Department of Environment Water Heritage and the Arts, Country Energy, Marrickville Council, Szencorp, and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. He is regularly approached by the media for expert comment.

Chris also serves as the part-time Chief Executive of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to researching and advocating for a more energy efficient Australia.

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University. He completed a Master of Economics (Social Sciences) at Sydney University in 1997.


  • –present
    Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney


  • 1997 
    Sydney University, Master of Economics (Social Sciences)