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

Dena Fam is a systems thinker and transdisciplinary collaborator at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. Over the last decade Dena has worked with industry, government and community actors to collaboratively manage, design, research and trial alternative water and sanitation systems with the aim of sustainably managing sewage and reducing its environmental impact on the water cycle. Her consulting/ research experience over has spanned socio-cultural (learning for sustainability) institutional (policy analysis), technological aspects of environmental management. With experience in transdisciplinary project development, Dena is involved in developing processes for teaching and learning in transdisciplinary programs and projects. In particular she has been involved in documenting and synthesizing processes/methods/ techniques supporting the development of transdisciplinary educational programs and projects. Dena has led and co-led international transdisciplinary networking events, grants and projects including an Australian-funded teaching and learning grant.


  • 2008–present
    Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2014 
    University of Technology, Sydney, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of Western Sydney, Bachelor of Industrial Design (Hons)