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

Dr Dana Cordell is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney and co-founder of the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative. Dr Cordell leads and undertakes international and national research projects on sustainable food and phosphorus futures in Australia, Vietnam, Malawi, Europe, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. Many projects involve high-level stakeholder engagement to improve impact and foster mutual learning. In 2008 Dr Cordell co-founded the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative – the first global platform to undertake research, policy and public engagement to ensure food systems are resilient to the emerging global challenge of phosphorus scarcity. As a global food security expert, Dr Cordell provides expert advice and commentary to UNEP, UK Parliament and Australia’s Chief Scientist. She most recently joined UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook team as a global food security contributor. Dr Cordell’s research contributions have led to numerous prestigious recognitions including one of Australia’s top science prizes, the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research (2012) and a position in the 100 Women of Influence (AFR/Westpac, 2013) and Top 100 Most Influential People (Sydney Magazine, 2012). She is frequently interviewed for media, including BBC Radio, ABC Lateline and London’s The Times.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2010–2016
    Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Education

  • 2010 
    Department of Water & Environmental Studies, Linköping University, SWEDEN, PhD in Water & Environmental Studies
  • 2010 
    Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, PhD in Sustainable Futures
  • 2006 
    Department of Water & Environmental Studies, Linköping University, SWEDEN, MSc Water Resources & Livelihood Security
  • 2000 
    University of New South Wales, Australia , BEng(Environmental) Honours 1