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

Dr. Monique Retamal is a Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, specialising in sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the circular economy in the Asia-Pacific region. Monique has qualifications in environmental engineering, water resources and the social sciences, and 15 years’ experience in urban sustainability research and consulting. Monique’s interdisciplinary PhD investigated the prospects for emerging business models such as the sharing economy to contribute to sustainable consumption in Southeast Asian cities. Her recent research has focused on the sustainability of packaging and plastics; the clothing industry; metals and e-waste; and policies for a circular economy.


  • –present
    Research Principal - Sustainable Consumption and Production, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2021–present
    Research Director - Sustainable Consumption and Production, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2017 
    Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2012 
    Sydney University, Grad Cert Political Economy
  • 2007 
    Lund University, Master of Water Resources
  • 2003 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Environmental Engineering