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Tel: +61 7 5459 4891
Fax: +61 7 5456 5973

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Street address

Sustainability Research Centre
Innovation Centre
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs
Queensland  4556

Postal address

Sustainability Research Centre (ML28)
Locked Bag 4

Our people

Associate Directors
  • Professor Patrick D. Nunn
    Professor Patrick D. Nunn

    Professor of Geography

    For more than 30 years, Patrick has worked with Indigenous communities in the Pacific Islands to understand the nature of their culturally-grounded resilience and attitudes towards climate change. He has also carried out research into Pacific oral traditions and myths and how some might be memories of ancient geological events (large waves, volcanic eruptions): research he has recently extended to Australian Aboriginal cultures.

  • Dr Julia Baird, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Environmental sustainability, specialising in human dimensions of water resources and water resilience, (Brock University, Canada)
  • Dr Alexandra Bec, Adjunct Research Fellow, Economic regional community development, change management, tourism, resilience theory, heritage (City of Gold Coast)
  • Dr Marta Botta, Adjunct Research Fellow, Cultural change and sustainable futures
  • Associate Professor David Chittleborough, Adjunct Associate Professor, Soil survey, land evaluation, soil classification, water quality in catchments; soil mineralogy; geochemistry and evolution of soils
  • Mr Brendan Doran, Adjunct Professor, International Relations
  • Dr Pedro Fidelman, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Coastal and marine systems, climate change adaptation, natural resource management (Former Research Fellow at USC)
  • Prof John Fien, Adjunct Professor, Education for Sustainable Development
  • Dr Takahisa Furuichi, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Geomorphology, hydrology and climatology and socio-economic implications (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Prof Ken Hughey, Adjunct Professor, Research on Tourism and Climate Change (Department of Environmental Management, Lincoln University)
  • Dr Ben Jarihani, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Hydrological science, water resources management, spatial science, natural resources management (Mountain Society Research Institute)
  • Prof Robert Kay, Adjunct Professor, Climate change vulnerability impacts and adaptation assessment, geomorphology and coastal planning and management (ICF International)
  • Dr Christine King, Adjunct Associate Professor, Multi-stakeholder Learning and Participatory Research, Development and Extension.
  • Prof Michael Lueck, Adjunct Professor, Coastal and marine systems as venues for recreation, sport and tourism (Auckland University of Technology)
  • Prof Ken Lyons, Adjunct Professor, Geographic Data (Spatial Information Services, AU)
  • Dr Anna Lyth, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Urban sustainability, integrated urban climate change strategy and resilience research (RED Sustainability Consultants)Prof Marc Miller, Adjunct Professor, Tourism Planning and Development; Coastal Zone Management; Cultural Anthropology; Natural Resource Management; Ethnographic Methods; Waterfront and Port Planning; Marine Affairs; Marine Parks and Recreation (School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington)
  • Professor Marc Miller, Adjunct Professor, Tourism, planning and development (University of Washington)
  • Associate Prof Melissa Nursey-Bray, Adjunct Associate Professor, geography, environment and population, Indigenous resource management, coastal management, community engagement (University of Adelaide)
  • Dr Tristan Pearce, Adjunct Associate Professor, Climate change vulnerability & adaptation; traditional knowledge systems; cumulative impacts of resource development (University of Northern British Columbia)
  • Prof Gary Pickering, Adjunct Professor, Climate change and impacts, climate change adaptation, and climate change psychology, (Brock University, Canada)
  • Prof Ryan Plummer, Adjunct Professor, Resilience; Social Ecological Systems (Director of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre [ESRC], Brock University, Canada)
  • Dr Stina Powell, Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental governance and sustainable development (Head of the Division of Environmental Communication, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
  • Prof Benjamin Preston, Adjunct Professor (Oakridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Dr Lisa Ryan, Adjunct Research Fellow (Sunshine Coast Council)
  • Prof Noel Scott, Adjunct Professor, Experience design, Technology, Tourism governance, management and marketing (Griffith University).
  • Prof Roy Sidle, Adjunct Professor, environmental science, natural hazards, catchment hydrology, hydrogeomorphic processes (Mountain Societies Research Institute)
  • Dr Erin Smith, Adjunct Research Fellow, Rural geography, regional & environmental change management (Former Research Fellow at USC)
  • Dr Frank Thomalla, Adjunct Associate Professor, hazard, vulnerability and climate change research (University of Sydney)
  • Associate Prof Katherine Warner, Adjunct Associate Professor, Former Regional Senior Expert, Climate Change and Environment
  • Prof Iain White, Adjunct Professor, Environmental planning, human geography, risk, vulnerability, resilience (University of Waikato)
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