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

Joanne Chong is an environmental economist and policy analyst with experience designing, monitoring and evaluating a wide range of sustainability and environmental management policies, programmes and projects. At ISF, Jo has worked across the areas of: urban water, climate change adaptation, international development, ecosystem services, and wetland, catchment and river basin management.

Jo has extensive experience working with utilities and government to strategically plan and manage urban water systems, including drought planning, pricing, water recycling and water efficiency initiatives. Jo has also conducted cross-jurisdictional programme evaluations and designed monitoring and evaluation plans in Australia and internationally, including for wetlands management, climate change adaptation, and WASH sectors. Jo has applied participatory socio-economic research methods and stakeholder engagement in a range of contexts including designing and facilitating deliberative processes to value urban water externalities.

Prior to joining ISF, Jo worked for the Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage and as a senior research economist at the Productivity Commission. Jo has also spent time as a volunteer and consultant for the Asia Regional Environmental Economics Programme of IUCN – The World Conservation Union. At IUCN, Jo undertook community-based participatory social research, economic analysis, and project management for several wetlands management projects in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Nepal.

Experience

  • 2011–present
    Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
  • 2013–2013
    Senior Technical Analyst, Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal NSW (on secondment)
  • 2006–2011
    Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
  • 2005–2006
    Senior Research Economist, Productivity Commission, Australian Government
  • 2006–2006
    Assistant Director, Environmental Economics Unit, Department of the Environment, Australian Government
  • 2004–2005
    Project Officer, IUCN - The World Conservation Union
  • 2002–2004
    Research Economist, Productivity Commission, Australian Government
  • 2001–2001
    Assistant Research Economist, Productivity Commission, Australian Government

Education

  • 2013 
    University of Sydney, Master of Environmental Law
  • 2001 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons 1), Bachelor of Commerce

Publications

  • 2014
    Various, See http://www.uts.edu.au/staff/joanne.chong