People

A college of Fellows from around the world develops and implements the Economic and Science Group’s work program. The Fellows include senior and mid-career researchers who are leading advancement in science and/or economics and are deeply engagemed with policy in their respective fields. Fellows also include former public servants and distinguished individuals from the private sector and civil society who understand how to make the world a more secure place today and tomorrow.

The E&S Group's work program, strategic direction and public engagement are led by two distinguished economists with world-leading research expertise and leadership in the food, energy, water and biosecurity fields: Professor Quentin Grafton and Professor Tom Kompas. The Fellows' engagement with the science-policy interface draws on the guidance and knowledge of the Group's distinguished patron: Sir John Beddington.

Sir John Beddington

Patron

Sir John is Senior Adviser to the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. His research and expertise is in the economics and biology of the sustainable management of non-renewable and renewable resources.

Between 2008 and 2013, he was the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and reported directly to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

In this role, he was closely involved in helping the British government formulate its response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the eruptions of Icelandic volcanoes and ash dieback disease in the UK.

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Quentin Grafton

Principal

Quentin is Professor of Economics at The Australian National University.

He is an environmental and resources economist who has guided policy-making on water markets, fisheries management, resource taxation and energy security.

Previously Quentin was Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics in the Australian Government.

He has served in numerous government advisory roles and on expert panels in Australia and overseas. Quentin is Editor-in-Chief of Policy Forum and the Global Water Forum.

Read about Professor Grafton’s work on water market reform and his work with Tom Kompas on the economics and science of overfishing

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Tom Kompas

Principal

Tom is Professor of Economics at The Australian National University and Chief Investigator at the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, University of Melbourne.

He is a leading expert in applied economic dynamics, bioeconomic modelling, cost-benefit analysis and the economics of biosecurity.

He advises political leaders and senior officials on biosecurity and risk analysis. Previously Tom was the Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. He is President of the Asia and Pacific Policy Society.

Read about Professor Kompas’ work on the economics of biosecurity and his work with Quentin Grafton on the economics and science of overfishing

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Robert Cotton

Robert is a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy and Mentor at the National Security College, ANU. His current advisory work focuses on public policy and national security, including advice on strategic leadership and executive education.

He has served as Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji (Ambassador). He has undertaken consultancy work for a range of government agencies including, ANAO, Defence and AusAid, He has been an active and committed Board Member and Treasurer of Carers ACT since 2004.

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Ian Cronshaw

Ian is Consultant to the Office of the Chief Economist and former Head of the Energy Diversification Division at the International Energy Agency. He is an expert in energy policy analysis across gas, coal and electricity markets.

Ian has advised senior officials from all IEA member governments and has been a major contributor to energy policy reviews in Japan, the United States, Ukraine, Turkey and the European Union.

Previously, Ian worked in the Australian Federal Government on energy security, energy efficiency and climate change.

Read about Ian Cronshaw’s work on energy policy

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Kevin Fox

Kevin is Professor of Economics at the University of New South Wales and Director of the Centre for Applied Economic Research. He works in the field of economic measurement, with a focus on productivity and prices. Kevin is committed to research-led public policy engagement and has provided expert opinion for government and institutional agencies.

He serves as an advisor to the Australian Treasury and is a member the Australian Bureau of Statistics Methodology Advisory Committee and Productivity Measurement Reference Group.

Read about Professor Fox’s work on economic productivity and natural resources

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Jim Hall

Jim is Director of the Environmental Change Institute and Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks at the University of Oxford. He is a leading authority on the management of climate-related risks in infrastructure systems, in particular relating to various dimensions of water security, including flooding and water scarcity.

He advises the British government on policy responses to climate and water risks as a member of the UK independent Committee on Climate Change Adaptation. He was co-chair of the Global Water Partnership/OECD Task Force on the Economics of Water Security and Sustainable Growth.

John Hewson

John is Professor and Chair in The Tax and Transfer Policy Institute in the Crawford School at the Australian National University. He is a frequent commentator on economics, business and politics and holds strong convictions about economic policy.

John has served as leader of the Liberal Party and the Federal Opposition of Australia between 1990 and 1994. In this role, he launched the Fightback! package, which was a comprehensive blueprint including a Goods and Services Tax (GST), designed to revive the Australian economy. Since then he has worked widely as an investment banker and company director, and chairs several boards.

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Karen Hussey

Karen is Deputy Director at the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland. Trained as a political scientist and economist, she has a particular interest in public policy relating to sustainable development.

Her research focuses on water and energy security, the role of the state in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the links between international trade and environmental regulation.

She is a member of the Future Earth Australia Scientific Steering Committee. Karen has served as the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Representative in Europe.

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Rodney Keenan

Rodney is Professor in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is one of Australia's leading experts in forests and climate change. His research focuses on sustainable forest management, forest resource assessment and environmental policy.

He has provided policy advice to national and state governments and undertaken research across Australia and in Canada, Papua New Guinea, and SE Asia. He was a chair of the UN‐FAO Advisory Group for the Global Forest Resource Assessment and Director of the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research.

Read about fires and smoke haze in Indonesia.

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Suzi Kerr

Suzi is currently Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, and Principal Investigator for Te Pūnaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence.

Her work on emissions trading and climate change policy has influenced the design of New Zealand’s emissions trade scheme, the Kyoto Protocol and climate policy in the United States, Europe and Chile.

She has participated in Scientific Steering Committees for the International Geosphere/Biosphere Programme and science leadership groups in New Zealand.

Read about Dr Kerr’s work on emissions trading and climate change mitigation

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Gary Libecap

Gary is Professor of Corporate Environmental Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). His research focuses on the legal, economic, and policy aspects of water allocation and wild ocean fisheries management. He examines the design of property rights institutions and their use in water, habitat credit, fishing quota markets in encouraging efficient use and optimal allocation.

He is a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and has been President of the Economic History Association, the Western Economics Association International, and the International Society for the New Institutional Economics. Upon arriving at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB in 2006 he played a critical role in developing Eco-Entrepreneurship, the United States’ top-ranked environmental entrepreneurship program.

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Daniel P. Loucks

Professor Daniel P. Loucks serves on the faculties of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Institute of Public Affairs at Cornell University. His teaching and research interests include the development and application of systems analysis methods integrating economics, ecology, environmental engineering and pubic policy. In addition to Cornell, he has taught at Harvard, MIT, TU-Delft, TU-Wien, TU-Aachen, UNESCO-IHE, Colorado (Boulder), Adelaide, and Texas (Austin) Universities, and worked at the World Bank, the US Army Corps of Engineering Institute for Water Resources, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria.

He has served as an employee and/or consultant to private and government agencies, various organizations of the United Nations, and NATO, involved in regional water resources and economic development planning in Asia, Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America.

He is a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

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Amanda Lynch

Amanda is Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University and Director of the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society.

She is a leading expert on polar climate modeling. Amanda has provided expert advice to several national agencies and her work has led to emergency management procedures, zoning regulations and weather forecasting.

She is currently Chief Editor of the journal Weather, Climate and Society and Vice Chair of the World Climate Research Programme Joint Science Committee.

Read about Professor Lynch’s work on responding to climate change in the arctic

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Ngo Van Long

Long is Professor of Economics at McGill University. His research in microeconomic theory specializes on resources and environmental economics, as well as theories of dynamic games, international trade and industrial organization.

His work has influenced climate change mitigation policy, particularly with regards to the “Green Paradox” wherein mitigation policies lead to a short-term increase in carbon emissions.

He currently serves as research fellow at CIRANO, Montreal in the areas of government policy and risk.

Read about Professor Long’s work on the economics of climate change mitigation

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Frank O'Sullivan

Frank is the Director of Research and Analysis for the MIT Energy Initiative. His current research focuses on unconventional oil and gas resources, the energy-water nexus, solar energy and the integration of advanced storage in the power sector.

He has written and spoken widely on these topics, and has made presentations to a range of other academic, policy and industry forums. He is a lead author of both the 2011 MIT Future of Natural Gas Study, and the 2015 MIT Future of Solar Energy study. Prior to joining MIT, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company.

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Hugh Possingham

Hugh is Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow in the Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland and Chair in Conservation Decisions at Imperial College London. His research works on problems to secure the world’s biodiversity.

He advises government and non-governmental agencies on efficient nature reserve design, optimal and cost-effective conservation actions, environmental accounting, and metapopulation dynamics. His work has provided tools and knowledge for the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef and conserving Australian forests.

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Kathy Segerson

Kathy is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Alumni Association Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut. Her research has focused primarily on the incentive effects of alternative environmental policy instruments.

She has provided research and policy advice for numerous US governmental agencies and participated in several projects related to ecosystem services and to the protection of marine species. She is currently a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science’s Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Read about policy responses to agricultural pollution.

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Peter Timmer

Peter is the Cabot Professor of Development Studies, Emeritus, at Harvard University. His research and advisory work focuses on agricultural development, food security, and the world rice economy.

A core advisor on the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development, he is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development.

He delivered the 18th Annual UNU-WIDER Lecture at the UN in New York in 2014. He has served as a Professor at Stanford, Cornell, three faculties at Harvard, and the University of California, San Diego.

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Sarah Wheeler

Sarah is an Associate Professor at University of Adelaide and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. She conducts research in environmental and agricultural economics, trading in water markets, biotechnology and crime and gambling.

She has served in numerous government advisory roles in Australia, including the National Water Commission, Victorian Department of Justice and Federal Department of the Environment.

Sarah has also worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to value benefits from mitigating transboundary water conflict.

Read about Dr Wheeler’s work on irrigated agriculture and water reform

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John Williams

John is a water scientist and Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and Charles Sturt University. He was formerly Chief CSIRO Land and Water at Australia’s premier government research organisation.

John is an advocate for a rational debate on Australia's water resources and sustainable land management and was previously NSW Commissioner for Natural Resources.

He has extensive experience in providing national and international thought leadership in natural resource management and sustainable agricultural production.