In 2010, the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast established an Advisory Board to help guide the development of the Centre's research activity.
The Advisory Board includes the following:
- Professor Stephen Dovers (Chair), Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
- Professor Hugh Lavery, Chairman, Australian Environment International
- Dr Benjamin Preston, Senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and Director of RAND's Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program
- Professor Bruce Thom, Former Vice Chancellor UNE, former Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) University of Sydney, former Chair NSW Coastal Council, current member of the Wentworth Group and Emeritus Professor University of Sydney
Dr Benjamin Preston accepted our invitation to join the SRC Advisory Board in July 2017. Benjamin Preston is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and director of RAND's Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program. Prior to joining RAND, he served as the Deputy Director of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While working at ORNL, he engaged in research on vulnerability and resilience of U.S. energy systems to climate variability and change as well as opportunities and constraints associated with climate risk management. In addition, he contributed to national and international scientific assessments including the National Climate Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. Previously, he served as a research scientist in Australia with the CSIRO's Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Change. He received a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in environmental biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also minored in public policy.