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Principal Research Scientist, Ecosystems, Biodiversity Knowledge and Services Program, CSIRO

Ro is a human geographer working on collaborative environmental governance, indigenous peoples and social-ecological sustainability. She is a principal research scientist with CSIRO and an Adjunct Associate Professor with James Cook University. Ro is deeply interested in biodiversity knowledge and policy, cross-cultural and transdisciplinary research-practice partnerships. Ro leads social science teams in CSIRO investigating issues of adaptation and transformation in landscape management, heritage and biodiversity conservation, with a focus on Indigenous systems and multiple knowledge platforms. She has more than forty peer-reviewed publications on these topics and has received numerous awards for her work. She is a Member of the IUCN Commission on Environment Economic and Social Policy, the World Commission on Protected Areas, the Expert Taskforce for Indigenous and Local Knowledge of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.


  • 2006–2015
    Team Leader, CSIRO
  • 2003–2006
    Northern Program Leader, Australian Conservation Foundation
  • 1995–2002
    Lecturer and Research Fellow, James Cook University