23 April 2020
 Newly appointed GCI Director, Professor Rachel Parker
Newly appointed GCI Director, Professor Rachel Parker

After an international executive search that began in November 2019, UQ alumnus Professor Rachel Parker has been appointed to head the UQ Global Change Institute (GCI) from 13 July 2020.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Bronwyn Harch said Professor Parker would lead GCI’s transformation into a transdisciplinary and impact-focused catalyst of change.

“As GCI Director, Rachel will ensure UQ remains globally recognised and sought after as a collaborative solutions hub, drive engagement with a diversity of stakeholders, facilitate extensive collaboration across UQ, and be a visible presence in critical dialogues and debates nationally and globally,” Professor Harch said.

After extensive consultation throughout 2019, UQ senior management decided to align the GCI more to the University’s long-term objective of delivering globally significant solutions to challenges by generating new knowledge and partnered innovation.

Professor Parker brings with her extensive experience in large scale multi- and trans-disciplinary bid development (across ARC, CRC and commercial schemes); strong industry and government networks.

She also has wide experience in university research leadership at the faculty, institute and central portfolio levels, and has made significant contributions to public debate on research impact and academic review of research impact.

Prior to accepting this position, Professor Parker served as both Director of the Centre for Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Business Innovation at QUT and Director Strategic Growth in QUT’s Institute for Future Environments.

She is also Leader of the Industry Translation Capability and Chief Investigator in the recently awarded ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology, and Leader of the Market Development Program in the recently funded Future Energy Export CRC.

Her research focuses on the business and social dimensions of uptake and diffusion of science and engineering research across the economy and the creation of new economic opportunities from new technologies.

Professor Parker will be returning to UQ, where she graduated with degrees in both Arts and Laws and obtained a PhD in Industrial and Innovation Policy. She has also contributed to UQ’s academic endeavour as a senior lecturer in the School of Political Science and International Studies.

Professor Bronwyn Harch said she also wanted to acknowledge the effort and contribution of Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg as UQ’s inaugural Global Change Institute Director.

Further enquiries to gcicomms@uq.edu.au

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