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Research Principal, University of Technology Sydney

Louise Boronyak is a Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS. Louise has 12 years expertise in environmental sustainability research & stakeholder engagement. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation & the intersection of animal welfare and conservation biology. She has a strong interest in conserving biodiversity in a way that does not impact the welfare of individual wild animals.

At the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, she has managed seven high profile projects under the NSW OEH Hub established to investigate the vulnerability of government service provision to climate change in NSW. I transferred my expertise in community engagement around climate change adaptation to the Pacific Island nations of Kiribati, Tonga and Papua New
Guinea. where I run assessments with communities about how to better manage natural resources under a changing climate.

Her research in wildlife conservation is positioned within the interdisciplinary field of compassionate conservation. Compassionate conservation looks for synergies between animal welfare and conservation sciences to identify practical solutions to address the current biodiversity crisis. In 2014, she established the world's first Centre for Compassionate Conservation at UTS (CfCC). She explores ways to reduce threats to wildlife from human intolerance in production landscapes and from emerging diseases. She is currently undertaking a PhD in the emerging area of predator friendly farming to transform human relationships with nature from one of conflict to one of coexistence.


  • 2008–present
    Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS


  • 2013 
    University of Technology, Sydney, Graduate Certificate in Science
  • 2007 
    University of New South Wales, Masters of Environmental Management
  • 2002 
    University of Western Sydney, Bachelor of Economics


  • 2013
    Prior, T, Boronyak, L and Miehs, A (In press) Lifestyle and risk at the peri-urban fringe: balancing hazard reduction burning and biodiversity conservation, International Journal of Natural Hazards
  • 2013
    Jacobs, B, Boronyak, L, Mikhailovich, N (2013) Beyond birdies - enhancing biodiversity on urban golf courses, State of Australian Cities Conference special edition
  • 2013
    Ben-Ami, D., Boom,K., Boronyak, L., Townend, C., Ramp, D., Croft, D and Bekoff, M. (2013) The welfare ethics of the commercial killing of free ranging kangaroos: an evaluation of the benefits and costs of the industry. , International Journal of Animal Welfare
  • 2013
    Boom, K., Ben-Ami, D., Boronyak, L and Riley, S (2013). The Enforcement of the law governing commercial kangaroo killing. I, nternational Journal or Rural Policy and Law
  • 2013
    Riedy,C., Herriman, J., Ross, K., Lederwasch, A and Boronyak, L (2013) Innovative Techniques for Local Community Engagement on Climate Change Adaptation, People and the Planet Conference special paper
  • 2012
    Boom, K., Ben-Ami, D., Croft, D. B., Cushing, N., Ramp, D., Boronyak, L., 2012 ‘‘Pest’ and Resource: A Legal History of Australia’s Kangaroos , Animal Studies Journal