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Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

What inspires me professionally and personally is the search for solutions to persistent environmental problems. Given the increasing complexity of environmental issues, I focus my research, teaching and professional practice on approaches which address this complexity directly. I am interested in approaches which allow decision makers to make robust and defensible policy choices given the likelihood that future uncertainty will increase. My expertise in strategic planning for an uncertain future includes scenario and futures analysis, environmental modelling, robust policy development, collaborative learning, mechanisms for adaptive management and the explicit consideration of alternate explanations, values and perspectives. Although I research ecological footprints (the demand we have on Earth’s resources), what I am really interested in is that my work can support the growth of our collective ecological "handprint" (the positive impact we can have on the planet).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sustainability Science, University of Newcastle


  • 2004 
    University of Tasmania, PhD