UNSW Sustainability leaders

Professor Richard Kingsford

Professor Richard Kingsford

Professor Richard Kingsford

Professor Kingsford Is credited with saving the last free flowing river of the Murray-Darling Basin and identifying the significant impacts of water resource development. Kingsford's approach to raising awareness of Australia's inland rivers, wetlands and their dependent communities has added profoundly to the promotion and understanding of science in Australia. He is also a major contributor to policy development and environmental flow management and has focused his research over about the last 20 years on the waterbirds, wetlands and rivers of arid Australia (regions spanning about 70% of the continent). Professor Kingsford is currently also the Director of the Australian Wetlands and Rivers Centre, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of NSW.

Professor Andy Pitman and Professor Matthew England

Professor Andy Pitman and Professor Matthew England

Professor Andy Pitman

Currently researching coupled carbon modules for climate models including dynamic vegetation and how vegetation responds to increasing carbon dioxide, Pitman has also explored the regional and global impacts of land cover change and has a strong interest in the future impacts of climate extremities. Professor Pitman was a lead author of the IPCC (2005 & 2007), contributor to the Copenhagen Diagnosis (Which was shortlisted for a 2010 Eureka Prize and won the 2010 Future Prize), winner of the NSW Climate Scientist of the Year Award in 2010 and is currently the Co-director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science.

Professor Matthew England

Professor England’s research explores global-scale ocean circulation and the influence it has on regional climate, large-scale physical oceanography, ocean modelling and climate processes. England studies what controls ocean currents and how these affect climate and climate variability from seasons to centuries. His work has significantly impacted the methodologies of assessment of ocean and climate models and our understanding of broad- scale Southern Hemisphere climate modes.

Professor Martin Green and Professor Stuart Wenham

Professor Martin Green and Professor Stuart Wenham

Professor Martin Green

Martin Green and Stuart Wenham co-invented seven distinct cell technologies. These solar cells held the world record for efficiency in 1998 for converting 24.5 per cent of sunlight into electricity. Worldwide sales of products using Wenham and Green’s innovative technology were to total billions over the coming decades. Wenham and Green jointly received The Australian Prize for Energy Science and Technology in 1999 and the Chairman’s Award at the Australian Technology Awards in 1998.

Professor Jane McAdam, Faculty of Law at UNSW

Professor Jane McAdam, Faculty of Law at UNSW

Professor Jane McAdam

Jane McAdam is a Scientia Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of NSW and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She is also an expert in international refugee law and forced migration and is the Director of the International Refugee and Migration Law project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law.  She publishes widely in the area of international refugee law, in particular on complementary protection and climate change-related displacement and migration.

Jane's four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship examines human rights approaches to slow-onset climate change-related movement and relocation in the Pacific. She has recently completed an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant entitled 'Weathering Uncertainty: Climate Change "Refugees" and International Law', which critically examined the extent to which States have obligations to ‘protect’ people displaced by climate change under international refugee law, international human rights law, and international law on statelessness. Her other Australian Research Council Discovery Grant on 'Immigration Restriction and the Racial State, c 1880 to the Present' examines the history of medico-legal border control in the Asia-Pacific region. This grant is held in conjunction with two historians, Professor Alison Bashford at the University of Sydney and Dr Sunil Amrith at the University of London.

Professor Stuart Wenham

The current Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Silicon Photovoltaics (School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW) and the Chief Technology Officer of Suntech (since 2005), the world’s largest producer of solar panels. In 2008 Wenham received the Clunies Ross Medal from the Australian Academy for Technological Sciences and Engineering and the World Technology Award in 2006.

Dr Mark Diesendorf, UNSW Institute for Environmental Studies

Dr Mark Diesendorf, UNSW Institute for Environmental Studies

Dr Mark Diesendorf

Associate Professor Diesendorf is a leading researcher, consultant and advocate in sustainable energy, energy policy, sustainable urban transport, ecological economics and the practical processes by which government, business and other organisations can achieve ecologically sustainable and socially just development. He believes that science, technology and economics should serve the community at large and has contributed widely to public discussion on sustainability in the media.

         Associate Professor Tommy Wiedmann

Associate Professor Tommy Wiedmann

Associate Professor Tommy Wiedmann

Tommy Wiedmann is leading the Sustainability Assessment Program at the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In teaching and research he is guided by the question on how to increase human wellbeing while at the same time decreasing environmental impacts. His expertise is in integrated sustainability assessment and environmental footprint analysis. He is leading the development and application of the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab) as part of a holistic concept to life-cycle assessment, industrial ecology and sustainable engineering research. Tommy has coordinated a number of research projects funded by the European and Australian Governments. He is currently leading the Integrated Carbon Metrics project under the CRC for Low Carbon Living. In 2015 Tommy was included in the Thomson Reuters list of the 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds'.