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Chief Executive Officer, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research; Professorial Fellow, Fenner School for the Environment and Society, Australian National University

Andrew Campbell is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in Canberra, reporting to the Foreign Minister. He represents Australia on the System Council of the CGIAR, and Chairs the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

He was previously the Director of the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) and Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy at Charles Darwin University from 2011-16. Andrew Campbell has played influential roles in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management in Australia for 30 years. He has considerable research leadership experience, notably as Executive Director of Land & Water Australia from 2000-2006 and Managing Director of Triple Helix Consulting from 2007-10. He has also had senior policy roles in land, water and biodiversity management as a senior executive in the Australian Government environment portfolio. Andrew was instrumental in the development of Landcare as Australia's first National Landcare Facilitator, and he pioneered the concept of Whole Farm Planning as Manager of the privately-funded Potter Farmland Plan initiative in western Victoria in the 1980s.

Professor Campbell is a Professorial Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, at the Australian National University (ANU), an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew maintains an involvement in his family farm in western Victoria, where his family have been farming since the 1860s.


  • 2016–present
    Chief executive officer, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
  • 2011–2016
    Professor, Charles Darwin University
  • 2013–2015
    Head of school, Charles Darwin University
  • 2007–2010
    Managing Director, Triple Helix Consulting
  • 2000–2006
    Executive Director, Land & Water Australia
  • 1995–1999
    Assistant Secretary, Sustainable Landscapes, Environment Australia
  • 1989–1992
    National Landcare Facilitator, Landcare


  • 1993 
    Wageningen Agricultural University, MSc, Management of Agricultural Knowledge Systems
  • 1983 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Forest Science (Hons)
  • 1980 
    Victorian School of Forestry, Creswick, Diploma of Forestry


  • 2017
    Reflections on four decades of land restoration in Australia, The Rangeland Journal 39(6) 405-416
  • 2015
    Designing environmental research for impact, Science of the Total Environment Volume 534, 15 November 2015, Pages 4-13
  • 2008
    Food, energy, water: conflicting insecurities (and the rare win-wins offered by soil stewardship), Journal of Soil and Water Conservation USA. 63:5 pp149-151
  • 2008
    Managing Australian Soils: a policy discussion paper, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Canberra
  • 2008
    Managing Australian Landscapes in a Changing Climate, Department of Climate Change, Canberra
  • 2007
    The Getting of Knowledge: a guide to funding and managing applied research, Land & Water Australia, Canberra
  • 1994
    Landcare: communities shaping the land and the future, Allen and Unwin, Sydney
  • 1991
    Planning for Sustainable Farming: the Potter Farmland Plan story, Lothian Books, Port Melbourne

Professional Memberships

  • FTSE

Research Areas

  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Environmental Education And Extension (050203)
  • Environmental Politics (160605)
  • Land Use And Environmental Planning (120504)
  • Agricultural Land Management (070101)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Research, Science And Technology Policy (160511)
  • Forestry Management And Environment (070504)
  • Agroforestry (070501)