Date & Time: 
Tuesday 5 June 2018

Presented by the UQ Centre for Policy Futures

Future Earth is an eminent global research network aimed at enhancing sustainability by enabling and translating the Sustainable Development Goals from research to practice. 

This informal public event will showcase the activities of the global Future Earth network by bringing together three key Future Earth initiatives underway in Australia and abroad.


Professor Tim Smith is the Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). His research is focused on the relationships between people, place and change, particularly in relation to climate change adaptation, coastal management, and water governance. Prior research  scientist with the CSIRO. He is a lead author for the upcoming IPCC assessment report, an Adjunct Professor at Brock University, Canada, a Senior Research Associate at Uppsala University,  Sweden, and part of the international scientific steering committee for Future Earth Coasts.

Professor David Hamilton is Deputy Director and a Professor in the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University.  Before  re-locating to Brisbane in 2017 he held an endowed chair for 15 years at the University of Waikato in New Zealand – the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair in Lake Restoration – and prior to that was based in the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia.  Hamilton is passionate about ensuring lakes are included in broader assessments of planetary freshwater resources; hence his interest in linking with Water Future.

Tayanah O’Donnell is the Director of Future Earth Australia based at the Australian Academy of Science. Her research focusses on the legal and regulatory aspects of climate change adaptation with a particular interest in the legal, political, and cultural aspects of coastal adaptation. She is a qualified lawyer and social scientist, and was recently awarded her PhD in legal geography from the Institute of Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.


Room 262 Level 2, Steele Building (No.3) Staff House Road, UQ St Lucia

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