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Professor of Sustainability Governance, University of Technology Sydney

Chris Riedy is Professor of Sustainability Governance and Director of Higher Degree Research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. He is a transdisciplinary academic with a career focus on governance for sustainable futures. Chris draws on sociological and political theory, futures thinking and transformative science to design, facilitate and evaluate practical experiments in transformative change towards sustainable futures. He coordinates the Institute’s work on learning and social change.

Chris is a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance project. As part of that project, he co-convenes a Working Group on Transformation and Transition Towards Sustainability. He is also a member of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network and is on the Editorial Boards of Futures and the Journal of Futures Studies. Chris has led 83 research projects at ISF with a combined value of $3.2 million. These projects include a comprehensive review of Australia’s National GreenPower Program, a social practice evaluation of the NSW Smarter Choice Program and a current project on Cohousing for Seniors. He has published two books, 38 peer-reviewed articles or chapters, 56 research reports and hundreds of web articles. He writes a blog on living within planetary boundaries called Planetcentric (


  • 2012–present
    Associate Professor, Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • 2006–2011
    Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures


  • 2005 
    University of Technology, Sydney, PhD (Sustainable Futures)
  • 1996 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental)


  • 2015
    Australian climate action groups in the deliberative system, Environmental Politics
  • 2014
    A Meaty Discourse: What Makes Meat News?, Food Studies

Research Areas

  • Social Change (160805)
  • Environmental Sociology (160802)