Our people

Our people

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The Australian-German College builds on a large team of people: supervisors, students, staff, steering committee members, advisory board members and funding partners.

The missing piece of the puzzle might just be you - if you are an enthusiastic potential PhD student, please do not hesitate to apply.

Anita Talberg is Academic Convenor of the University of Melbourne's Climate and Energy College. She is also the Science Coordinator for the Climate College's bilateral Australia-wide research project, the Australian-German Energy Transition Hub.

Anita completed her PhD research on geoengineering at the University of Melbourne in 2018. Previously, Anita worked for the Research Branch of the Parliamentary Library in Canberra, providing analysis and advice on climate and energy to Federal parliamentarians. In 2011 she spent a brief period at the European Parliament in Brussels.

A/Prof Malte Meinshausen is Director of the Australian-German College at The University of Melbourne since 2012 and is affiliated with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. He holds a PhD in "Climate Science & Policy", a Diploma in "Environmental Sciences" from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and an MSc in "Environmental Change and Management" from the University of Oxford, UK. Before joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 2006, he was a Post-Doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Anne is the College Manager at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College. Anne has a background in international collaboration, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, program management and administration through former roles at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering as Senior Project / Research and Policy Officer - International and with the Australasian Industrial Research Group as Executive Officer. During this time, Anne also undertook an Endeavour Executive Fellowship to progress strategic partnerships with Japan.

Tansu Alpcan’s research involves applications of distributed decision making, game theory, communicaton and control to various security and resource allocation problems in networked and energy systems. 

Patrick Baker is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, at the University of Melbourne. He has a BA from Bowdoin College (1989) and a Masters of Forestry from Yale University (1993). He completed his PhD in Forest Ecology and Management at the University of Washington in 2001. His PhD research focused on understanding the historical stand dynamics of a seasonal tropical forest in western Thailand.

Professor Jon Barnett is not available for supervision

Jon is Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Geography at Melbourne University. He is a political geographer who researches the impacts of and responses to environmental change on social systems in Australia, East Asia and the South Pacific. Jon is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group II, Ch 12), and he is co-editor of Global Environmental Change.    

Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs leads a group of clinicians and researchers with interests in infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and immigrant health. International health activities are based in the Mekong countries and have focused on; the introduction, evaluation and expanded use of new and under utilised vaccines; strengthening the capacity for research and control of malaria and parasitic infections; the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies and helminth infections in women and young children, and integrated approaches for improved child growth and development.

Dr. Grant Blashki has been a practicing GP for over 20 years and is an Associate Professor in Global Health at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has served as an examiner for the fellowship. His three themes of teaching and research are general practice/primary care, sustainability and mental health. He has co-authored over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, 4 books, over 30 peer reviewed conference abstracts, and more than 20 government/policy reports. 

Kathryn Bowen is a social epidemiologist working at the nexus of global change, health and governance issues. Her formal qualifications are BA/Psyc (Hons) (Newcastle) and MSc (International Health) (Humboldt & Frei Universities, Berlin). She submitted her PhD in early 2014, through the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU.

Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of energy systems. His own research is collaborative with industry and government on the technical, economic and environmental analysis of transport and energy systems; systems with reciprocating engines and gas turbines; combustion of conventional and alternative fuels.

Adam’s work focuses on the business, policy, and communication pathways to a low carbon future. He works on how clean energy entrepreneurship can be scaled up, how firms respond to a clean energy future, and how new technologies are enabled by new business models.

He is currently an ARC DECRA fellow on clean energy entrepreneurship, examining clean energy innovation and acceleration in Australia, the US, Europe, and internationally. Adam has a Doctorate in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford, a Masters in Globalisation from the University of London, and started his studies in Ecology and evolutionary biology.

Dr Peter Christoff teaches and researches climate politics and policy in the Department of Resource Management and Geography. He is a member of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation, and member of the Board of the Australian Conservation Foundation. He was formerly a member of the (Victoria) Premier's Climate Change Reference Group, the Vice President of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and the Assistant Commissioner for the Environment (Victoria).

Lars Coenen joined MSSI in January 2017 as the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’, an initiative between the City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne aimed at improving the city’s resilience to sustainability challenges.

Working closely with the city’s chief resilience officer, Lars seeks to strengthen Melbourne’s role as a leader in knowledge based urban resilience, leverage opportunities to attract research funding and provide a new model for collaborative research.

Adrian has extensive experience with developing international collaborations as a researcher, policy maker and program administrator. Adrian completed his PhD at James Cook University before leading several projects as a biologist for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He then joined the International Collaborations unit within the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, helping to establish a number of international agreements and programs in support of international research and collaboration.

Luke Connal received a bachelor’s of Chemical engineering in 2002 and a PhD in polymer chemistry in 2007 both from the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2007 to 2009 he completed a post-doctoral position with Frank Caruso developing new techniques for the self-assembly of polymers. In 2009 he was a joint Sir Keith Murdoch postdoctoral Fellow and Australian Linkage International Fellow at University of California Santa Barbra with Prof Craig Hawker.

A/Prof Robert Crawford has broad research expertise and interest in the built environment, sustainability, life cycle assessment and renewable energy. His research focuses on building environmental assessment, with a particular emphasis on sustainable resource use, the environmentally appropriate selection of materials and sustainable building design and feasibility.

Dr Brendan Cullen is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, researching and teaching in pasture agronomy, livestock production systems and farm systems modelling. 

Dr Roger Dargaville is a senior lecturer at Monash University. Roger was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne. His fields of expertise are in modelling of integration of renewable energy technologies into large energy system and large-scale storage technologies including pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He was co-lead on the ARENA grant ‘Least Cost Carbon Abatement in the Australian Electricity Sector’ that attracted $1.4M in funding.

Richard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (www.piccc.org.au), a joint research initiative between the University of Melbourne and Agriculture Victoria. He is a science advisor to the Australian, New Zealand and UK governments, and the UN FAO and European Union, on climate change adaptation, mitigation and policy development in agriculture.

Robyn Eckersley

Robyn Eckersley was educated at the University of Western Australia, Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Tasmania, and taught political science at Monash University from 1992-2001 before joining the University of Melbourne in 2002. She has published widely in the fields of environmental politics, political theory and international relations, with a special focus on the ethics and governance of climate change, including in journals such as Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Ethics and International Affairs and Global Environmental Politics. 

Ottmar Edenhofer is Professor of the Economics of Climate Change (appointment together with the Michael Otto Stiftung) at the Technische Universität Berlin and Co-Chair of the Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and is currently leading Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions - that focuses on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation.

Katja Frieler

Katja Frieler holds a Diploma in Mathematics of the University of Bielefeld and a Ph.D. in “Physics of the Atmosphere” of the University of Potsdam. As Ph.D. student she worked at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI, Potsdam) on chemical modelling of polar stratospheric ozone losses. Before joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in July 2008 she was a Post-Doc at the Department of Biostatistics and Clinical Epidemiology, Charité, University Medicine Berlin.

Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. He was Distinguished Professor of Economics at The Australian National University and currently holds a part-time research position as Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of many influential economics books and papers.

Brendan Gleeson joined Melbourne University in January 2012 as Professor of Urban Policy Studies and then took on the directorship of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute in early 2013. Professor Gleeson came from the position of Deputy Director of the National University of Ireland’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. Prior to that he set up the Urban Research Program at Griffith University and was its inaugural Director.

Lee Godden (PhD, MA, B.Leg S, BA Hons) is the Director, Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. She researches in environmental resources law, natural resources law, water law, and indigenous people's land and resources rights. Recent publications include Environmental Law: Scientific Policy and Regulatory Dimensions 2010 (with J. Peel), Comparative Perspectives on Communal Lands and Individual Ownership: Sustainable Futures 2010 (with M. Tehan) and Australian Climate Law in Global Context 2013 (with A. Zahar and J. Peel).

Professor Green holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture and an interdisciplinary Doctorate in landscape planning/design and environmental psychology. He is a landscape architect and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Fiona Haines is Professor of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Her research, which encompasses work on society/industry relationships including grievances and multinational enterprises, centres on white collar and corporate crime, globalisation and regulation. Her most recent book is Regulatory Transformations: Rethinking Economy Society Interactions, Hart Publishing, 2015, co-edited with Bettina Lange and Dania Thomas.

I am a geographer whose research examines human-environment relations, both conceptual and material. That is, I want to understand how humans have physically changed earth’s systems, how we think about our place in nature, and how these two things are connected. In recent years I have worked mostly in cultural geography, with projects on backyard gardens, wheat and invasive plants. This developed from my earlier interest in Aboriginal land use, ethnobotany and fire.

Ben is a Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne, working with David Karoly, Murray Peel, Rory Nathan and Ailie Gallant on the Victorian Drought Risk Inference Project, VicDRIP (www.vicdrip.org). VicDRIP is an ARC Linkage Project investigating megadrought likelihood and its water resource impacts in Australia (LP150100062), and assembles a team of leading hydrologists, climate scientists and water managers to investigate the history and future risk of decadal to multidecadal droughts.

Don Henry joined Melbourne University in May 2014 and is based in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute as the Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism. 

Professor Henry's role is to stimulate and enhance public debate and policy by working with researchers, government, civil society, global institutions, and business. He provides leadership and vision in the fields of environmental policy development and reform, climate change, and sustainability. 

Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science at the University of Queensland. Prof Hoegh-Guldberg is deeply-motivated by a desire to communicate science effectively, undertake game-changing research and to find high-impact solutions to address several of the most pressing and serious challenges facing humanity worldwide, such as climate change, food security, clean energy and population growth.

Dr Rachel Hughes is a cultural and political geographer with wide-ranging interests in the geographies of law, geopolitics, social memory and visual and material cultures. Her prior research has examined issues of memory, justice and geopolitics in reference to late twentieth century Cambodia. She is the author of a number of book chapters and journal articles on the contested and internationalised memory of the Cambodian genocide, and an editor of the collection Observant State: geopolitics and visual culture.

Ken graduated from Cardiff University with a first class degree in applied chemistry before spending 20 years with BP globally.  His energy sector experience spans markets in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia/NZ across alternative energy, fuels, lubricants, biotech, global shared services, refining and corporate HQ. More recently Ken was MD of the private-equity owned hrl: technology group, a specialist engineering and testing business operating nationally and across SE Asia, before joining its board of directors in 2017.

 Louise Jeffery

Dr. Louise Jeffery is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany where she leads the PRIMAP emissions module group. At PIK, Louise examines the pledges, rules, and agreements of the UN climate change negotiations, providing critique and assessment of their effectiveness. Her published work includes analysis of how mitigation burdens can be shared fairly among countries and assessments of the sufficiency of current climate action plans.

Professor David Karoly is an internationally recognised expert in climate change and climate variability, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. He was heavily involved in preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007, in several different roles. 

Todd Lane is an atmospheric scientist with research interests that include atmospheric dynamics, mesoscale meteorology, thunderstorms, aircraft turbulence, cloud processes, numerical modelling and fire weather.

He is a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, where he leads the Tropical Convection research program. He is also the immediate past President of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

Daniel was previously Fellow in Global Politics in the Department of Government, London School of Economics, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sussex, and Lecturer in Security Studies in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. His research interests are International Relations theory, Science and Technology Studies, theories of social power, historical materialism and American foreign policy, particularly in relation to the role of technology and the non-human world in global politics.

A/Prof Minnegal lectures in anthropology at the University of Melbourne, with primary teaching and supervision interests in the areas of ecological/environmental anthropology and economic anthropology.

Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is the Director of the Research Unit on Regional Governance ast the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, University of Melbourne. From 2000 to 2009, she was Director of the Contemporary Europe Research Centre, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. She holds Australia's only Personal Jean Monnet Chair (ad personam) awarded by the European Union.

Carmel has significant leadership experience in strategic and business development in International education. More recently she has lead the student recruitment and mobility teams to outcomes that are congruent with the strategic goals of the University. At the University of Melbourne, through the Chancellery, she is accountable for strategic, business and policy development to enhance international student program outcomes. She has been engaged in higher education for over 25 years and has an extensive network of International contacts.

Rory Nathan has over 35 years’ experience in engineering and environmental hydrology. He has spent the majority of his career in private industry, and now focuses his time on research and teaching in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. He has made a substantial contribution to industry best practice in a range of engineering and environmental fields, particularly in the use of stochastic methods of flood estimation, the characterisation of hydrologic risk, regional estimation techniques in catchment hydrology, and the assessment of sustainable limits on water resources.

Dr Lisa Palmer is a human geographer who teaches and researches on human-environment relations and indigenous approaches to environmental and social governance. Her research takes a critical ecological approach and is focused on south-east Asia (particularly Timor Leste) and indigenous Australia. 

Alan is a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, and taught part-time in the environment program from 2002 until 2015.

Alan has worked in the sustainable energy and environment fields since the late 1970s for community groups, government and the private sector. While working for the Victorian government in the 1980s, he helped develop and implement programs such as the Home Energy Advisory Service, public information and education, appliance energy labelling and mandatory building insulation regulations.

Dr Murray Peel is a Senior Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD (Geography) and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. His hydroclimatology and comparative hydrology research interests include understanding differences in inter-annual variability of annual runoff around the world, hydrologic impacts of land use change and potential climate change impacts on inter-annual runoff variability.

Prof Rayner's main research activities focus on the estimation of surface sources and sinks of CO2.
He uses satellite and in-situ measurements with models to quantify and understand the patterns and mechanisms of CO2 release and uptake with a focus on the tropics and Southern Hemisphere.
In 2002, Prof Rayner was awarded the Priestley Medal of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the major research award in this field within Australia.

Professor Chris Ryan, Director of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne, has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology, environmental policy and design, and in projects that span the community sector, academia, governement and international agencies and business.

Mike Sandiford

Prof Mike Sandiford is an ARC Professorial Research Fellow studying tectonic activity within the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, particularly focussing on the factors that have shaped the landscape of Australia, and in our near northern neighbors such as Timor and Indonesia. His work on the thermal structure of the Australian crust provides an important framework for understanding the extraordinary abundance of Uranium in Australia, and has lead to the current upsurge of interest in geothermal energy exploration in South Australia.

Dr Schofield is a lecturer for Climate System Science in the School of Earth sciences. Her recent research encompasses many areas of atmospheric chemistry, such as the Southern Hemisphere climate implications of Antarctic stratospheric ozone losses, climatic relevance of aerosol formation from the Great Barrier Reef and climate / radiation implications of aerosol and clouds over the Southern Ocean.

I have held posts at Macquarie University and Swinburne University, Australia and been an Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore where my main research focus was on extreme event modelling and statistical computing.

Dr Sebastian Thomas is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in climate strategy and environmental social science. His work examines human-nature relations – the interconnected economic, social, and policy dynamics of sustainability innovations, climate governance, and environmental management.

Dr Jason N E Varuhas (BA LLB (Hons) VUW, LLM UCL, PhD Cambridge) is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, and Co-Director of Studies for the Government Law and Public and International Law programmes on the Melbourne Law Masters. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a Bye-Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Kevin Walsh is a professor in the School of Earth Sciences. He specialises in tropical meteorology, climate change and climate variability.

Dr Ying-Ping Wang completed his PhD in plant ecophysiology from the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Edinburgh in 1988, and moved to CSIRO, Australian in 1990. He currently is a chief research scientist in CSIRO. He is one of three key scientists responsible for developing the Australian community land surface model (CABLE) that has over 100 registered users from 51 institutions in 13 countries. He has published over 130 papers in major international journals including 13 papers in Science, PNAS, Nature and its family journals.

John Wiseman

John Wiseman is a Professorial Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Policy Development, Sydney.

A/Prof Margaret Young is the Director of Studies, Environmental Law at the Melbourne Law School. She researches and teaches in the fields of public international law, international trade law, climate change law and the law of the sea. She is the author of the prize-winning Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law and Regime Interaction in International Law: Facing Fragmentation. A former Gates Scholar, she is currently working on a project on fossil fuel subsidies. 

Professor Justin Zobel is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International Research). He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne and, prior to returning to Melbourne in 2008, worked at RMIT and NICTA. Prof Zobel is an associate editor of the International Journal of Information Retrieval and in 2008-9 was President of the CORE association of Australasian Departments & Schools of Computer Science.

Cathy Alexander has eight years’ experience as a political journalist in Australia. For most of this time she covered environmental policy and politics, with a major focus on climate change. She worked from the press gallery in Parliament House, Canberra, for three years with Australian Associated Press (2007-2010). More recently she was deputy editor of the website Crikey, where she continued to write on the environment and climate change. Cathy has also worked for a federal Coalition shadow cabinet member.

Nina Araneta-Alana is a PhD Candidate at the Melbourne Law School. Her research interests are in the fields of international law, banking & finance and environmental law. Her thesis examines the emergence of climate finance as a mode of financing to achieve commitments under the UNFCCC. Nina holds a Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne and a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Prior to commencing her PhD, she was she worked as a consultant at the Asian Development Bank and a professor of law at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law. She practiced commercial, banking and finance law for several years including at the law firms Baker & McKenzie and Abuda Asis & Associates.

Ceren holds her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology from Middle East Technical University. Before joining to the Climate and Energy College, she worked at the European Climate Foundation as Turkey senior associate between 2013-2018 and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as conservation supervisor between 2006-2013. Ceren will be focusing on the disruptive power of solar in terms of community organizing of coal to clean transition. A Turkish national, Ceren speaks English, Spanish and some Italian.

Natasha Ballis is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, under the supervision of Dr Murray Peel, Assoc Prof Rory Nathan, Dr Ben Henley and Prof David Karoly. Natasha was awarded degrees in Engineering (Civil) and Science (Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences) by the University of Melbourne and has experience working as a consulting engineer, modelling, planning and designing water supply systems.

Tim's research interests are diverse but centre around climate change law, broadly construed to include corporate social responsibility, torts, planning and administrative law, as well as the more traditional concern with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change-led processes and domestic climate politics.

Debjit had completed his M.Tech in Transportation Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and worked as a Transport Planner for a year at Jacobs, before joining the university as a doctoral student. His Ph.D. focuses on investigating the effects that safety perception has, as a pedestrian wayfinding heuristic, via simulation. Debjit is undertaking a joint PhD with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Stephanie is completing a PhD in political science under the supervision of Professor Lars Coenen and Professor Robyn Eckersley. She also coordinates the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute's Climate Transformations Research Cluster, and is a contributing researcher on the multilateral research project "Coal Transitions: Research and Dialogue on the Future of Coal", the Energy Transition Hub and Gippsland Smart Specialisation Project.
Taegan has a Masters in botany from Charles Darwin University and a science degree from James Cook University. She has worked with government, NGO’s and Traditional Owners in the Northern Territory on sustainable land management and Indigenous Knowledge conservation projects. Her PhD aims to identify and value the ancillary benefits emerging from carbon farming in northern Australia.

Poomphan is an energy analyst who is specialised in low-carbon technologies as well as energy modelling. He earned his Masters in Renewable Energy and Environmental Modelling from the University of Dundee (UK). He previously worked across a range of clean energy projects in ASEAN, Italy, the Pacific region, and the United Kingdom. He built up a good track record of consultancy experience in private equity-owned, international agencies as well as several government agencies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Isabela de Souza Cabral is a PhD candidate in Ocean Engineering at the University of Melbourne. She obtained a degree in Environmental Engineering and earned her Masters in Ocean Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her field of research is numerical modelling in relation to the ocean and waves. Her thesis consists of a systematic evaluation of the metocean changes occurring in the Arctic in the past few decades.

Kate holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, and a BA from Latrobe University. For the past 10 years Kate has worked with environmental non-governmental organisations on forests, climate change and human rights, particularly the European Union’s policy responses to forest governance reforms and illegal logging, and the development of the REDD+ mechanism (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) at the UNFCCC.

Sonya completed a Masters of Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne, where she investigated changes in alpine Australia’s winter rain and snowfall events. She has worked for both the University of Melbourne and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as a research assistant focusing respectively on synoptic weather patterns for extreme weather events and air pollution and using statistical methods to project Victorian streamflows to the end of the century using downscaled CMIP5 global climate models. 

With a degree in economics and honours degrees in development studies and law, Adrian began his career as a solicitor with a leading Australian law firm before moving in-house as a corporate lawyer with a global beverage company.  He then worked in corporate partnership and innovation roles with international development and environment organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom.

PhD Project:  Household Solar Power Policy

Philip is a Berlin born international trade and investment jurist. He obtained his Master’s degree (LL.M.) in “International and European Law: Trade and Investment Law” with distinction from University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from FernUniversität in Hagen (Germany). Philip advanced his studies in Barcelona (Spain) where he attended specialized courses of the “International Economic Law and Policy Program” (IELPO LL.M.) as well as in Bern (Switzerland) at the WTI Summer Academy 2015 of the World Trade Institute.

Until early 2011, Ellycia worked a Marine Scientist, with Oceana – the world’s largest marine conservation organization. As part of the Climate Change and Clean Energy team in their Washington DC headquarters, Ellycia played a significant role in communicating and translating information about climate change and ocean acidification to policy makers and the general public, in an effort to raise awareness about their impacts and advocate for policy creation to protect the oceans and those that depend on them.

Andrew completed a Master of Engineering (Environmental) at the University of Melbourne specialising in waterway engineering and hydrology, where his research looked at hydrologic resilience and recovery after the severe Millennium Drought (1997-2009) in south-east Australia. Andrew has experience in private and public sector roles as an engineering hydrologist and consultant. His PhD research contributes to understanding the vulnerability of Australia’s environmental water outcomes in the face of natural variability and a changing climate.

Dimitri is from the Netherlands, but has been living in Australia for the last 8 years. He graduated from the University of Utrecht with an MSc in geology/geophysics and has been working as a geoscientist for Shell for 11 years in the Netherlands and Australia. He returned to academic life in pursuit of a PhD researching the climate impact of fugitive emissions of the fossil fuel industry, and unconventional gas in particular. In his free time he can be seen cycling in the Dandenongs.

Madhu worked as a consultant in a multi-disciplinary environmental services firm for over a decade where he managed projects of varied environmental planning and design complexities in Australia, China, Hong Kong and India.  

Alexander Maier

Alex grew up in Germany, but spent some of his adolescence in Canada.  He enrolled at the European Business School (EBS) in Germany for his undergraduate studies and pursued an exchange semester in Mexico.  After completing his thesis examining the feasibility of alternative fuels, he went on to complete a Master in International Business in Melbourne.  His PhD research centres on the transition to Renewable Energy Systems and optimizing hybrid systems through a holistic approach.

Kennedy Mbeva is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Melbourne. His PhD project explores the co-evolution of the trade and environmental governance regimes, focusing on how preferential trade agreements foster (or not) environmental governance.

Dylan is a Chemical Engineer, with experience as an energy analyst. He has a detailed understanding of the cost structure of energy technologies and the electricity market. He was an author of the Melbourne Energy Institutes Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review, commissioned by the Garnaut Review, an investigation of renewable technology costs and projections. He has also developed detailed energy market models for analyzing the National Electricity Market electricity dispatch and price-setting system, in the context of understanding the effect of distributed solar photovoltaic systems and other technologies affecting wholesale electricity demand.

Christin studied Geography at the University of Bonn and Hamburg where she specialized in environmental topics such as climate change, water management and agriculture. Her research interests are centered around vulnerabilities and resilience to climate change as well as the sustainable management of natural resources.

PhD Project: Climate Change and Sustainable Risk Management for Agriculture – Building business resilience through adaptation. The Case Study of the ´Mount Hesse´ farm in Australia 

Rachelle graduated with a bachelor's in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and an M.S. from the University of Melbourne. She worked for the United States Forest Service for the following 8 years, writing syntheses addressing fire ecology of plant and animal species. While there she devoted increasingly more time to local sustainability efforts and sustainability research, including investigating barriers to implementation of energy efficiency measures in the Forest Service.

Alex studied Geography in Berlin and Climate Science in Bern. Before starting his PhD project in Melbourne he worked at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I Technical Support Unit during the Fifth Assessment cycle. Alex draws on his work experience to develop research questions related to changes in climate systems that potentially have severe societal consequences. He hopes to contribute to a better understanding of the physical implications of different climate futures.

Zebedee completed his undergraduate Masters course in Physics at St.John’s College, University of Oxford. There he specialised in Atmospheric and Biological Physics and completed his Masters project under the supervision of Professor Myles Allen. His thesis focussed on building a simple integrated assessment model to analyse the factors which influence how much an economically rational decision maker might choose to let the Earth warm.

Alex is an environmental scientist with experience across a range of fields. He graduated from RMIT University in early 2014 with a double undergraduate degree and honours degree in enviromental science and environmental engineering. He has also had short stints working for a water managment authority in rural Victoria and in environmental consulting. This allowed him to gain experience across topics including atmospheric and soil chemistry, mathematics, hydrology and environmental modelling.

Graham is an electronic and industrial engineer with a technical, R&D, and management career in small business. His experience covers analog electronics, industrial automation, energy efficiency, and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Following the completion of a Masters in Sustainable Energy at RMIT in 2008, he has made contributions to the energy and climate areas. His research developed an improved systems-based methodology for EROI (energy return on investment) for fossil and non-fossil electricity generation.

Caroline received her undergraduate education at Harvard University in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, with a secondary field in Economics. As the 2017 U.S. Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholar in Public Policy, she will pursue research at the intersection of climate change and public health; she is specifically interested in how vulnerable populations respond to climate-influenced food insecurity.

Nick completed a Bachelor of Communications and Diploma of Business at Monash University in 2000 and spent the next fifteen years working in various communications roles within the corporate sector. He combined employment with further study, completing a Bachelor of Letters with Honours in politics in 2010, and a Master of European and International Studies in 2014. His Honours thesis focused on the state-firm nexus within the European automotive industry.

Stephen undertook his undergraduate arts degree at the University of Adelaide with a major in Anthropology. He later completed Honours at the University of Melbourne with research into how rock-climbers perceive nature and manage the environmental impacts of their climbing practices.

Marina Povitkina is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science and Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research is in comparative environmental politics with the focus on democratic institutions and quality of governmentMarina is currently a visiting PhD student at the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Australian-German Climate & Energy College at the University of Melbourne in February-March 2017. 

Seb Rattansen is an experienced policy analyst with over five years experience in both the UK and New Zealand public sectors. He has worked on strategic policy and operational policy in both countries. In the UK he led the development of a new air quality requirement for the £864m Renewable Heat Incentive. The RHI is a flagship initiative designed to help the UK meet its EU climate targets. In New Zealand he led the publication of the Dairying Clean Streams Accord Snapshot of Progress report for 2010/11. This was a key report on the environmental performance of the agricultural sector in New Zealand. 

Yann obtained a Master’s in climate, ocean and atmosphere science (Pierre and Marie Curie University) as well as a Magister in theoretical physics (University of Paris-Sud). He has various research experience in oceanography (Equatorial Atlantic, Arctic, Antarctica), hydrology, cosmology and sea ice rheology at the universities of Pierre and Marie Curie, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford, Copenhagen and McGill, respectively. After a year of field research in Benin and a sailing journey across the Arctic North-West Passage, Yann enrolled in the College and modelled national greenhouse gases emissions scenarios following a combination of different vision of climate justice:

Climate justice: Can we agree to disagree?
Operationalising competing equity principles to mitigate global warming

Raif is an Australian professional public servant, with over 15 years experience in policy and regulatory roles pertaining to energy systems, markets and resources. Raif graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2000 with a BA(Hons) in political science. Upon graduation, Raif worked for the Western Australian Government in upstream energy resources. Since then he has worked for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in energy network regulation from 2004-2007, and for the Victorian Government since 2007 on national energy market reform processes.

Kate studied an Honours in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Queensland. During this period the 2010-2011 floods occurred and she developed an interest in disaster modelling. Pursuing this interest she worked in a Natural Hazards group at CSIRO with a focus on flood modelling. This interest continued in her PhD studies at the University of Melbourne, where she worked on fitting statistical models to help understand how ENSO impacts the frequency and intensity of extreme rainfall events.

Completion: 2018

Alister is a PhD candidate through the department of Geography at the University of Melbourne. Alister holds a Master of Environment (Distinction) from the University of Melbourne, as well as a BSc (Distinction) in biological sciences from RMIT University. His previous research has looked at the role of leadership in international climate change politics, with particular focus on the tension between national and international priorities in India and other large rapidly industrialising countries.

Kieran completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at the University of Queensland in 2010, before working as a professional engineer in project management and delivery roles throughout Australia. He completed a Master of Energy Studies jointly awarded by the University of Queensland, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Western Australia. During this program, he developed an interest in emergin business models and disruption of the energy sector as it moves towards decarbonisation.

Alicia has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Physical Geography from University of Cologne in Germany. During her Masters, she was working as a research assistant in the lab of Climatology and Hydrology. She completed internships in the field of Spatial Analysis with GIS in a state Geological survey and in the Geo-Spatial-Center of the German Post DHL Group. Currently, she’s doing her PhD in Ocean Engineering and researching about the statistical estimation of oceanic extreme events using satellite data.

After finishing her Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne, Pia has spent the past ten years working as a climate specialist, mainly in the international development sector. From 2013 to early 2018, Pia worked for Plan International Australia, an aid agency focused on child-rights, where she worked on child-centred climate change adaptation. Before joining Plan, Pia spent five years working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on international climate change policy in both Bangkok and New York.

Alexei was previously a research associate at the RMIT University Global Cities Research Institute, working across a range of climate change adaptation projects in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as private sector and local government partners in Australia. He has a background in human geography and development, with ongoing advisory roles with UN-Habitat and the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.

PhD Project: Urban Climate Resilience in Melanesia’s rapid-growth cities: the migrant narrative

Skye has a background in environment and development issues across the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on responding to environmental and climate change risks and uncertainty. She works on the development of climate change adaptation and environment projects in the Asia-Pacific region for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Elisabeth Vogel

Elisabeth is a PhD student at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, researching the effects of climate extreme events on global agriculture. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Elisabeth completed a degree in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, with specialisations in agriculture, soil science and ecological modelling. She held various research and consulting positions, including with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research, the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Changlong Wang grew up in China, studied at the Australian National University and has an engineering degree in Sustainable Energy Systems, Electronic Systems, Mechanical and Material Systems. In his honours project with the Australian Solar Institute Laboratory at the ANU, he developed several routine methods for detecting and distinguishing the most important defects (Iron and Oxygen) in silicon solar cells.

Martin studied Biological Sciences at The University of Southern California where he specialized in Astro and Geomicrobiology and later worked on Microbial Fuel Cells at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla. Martin then returned to Argentina, his home country, to pursue social entrepreneurship and establish businesses within the clean energy sector.

Annabelle Workman completed her undergraduate degree at Melbourne, majoring in Politics and Chinese. In her Honours year, she investigated China's environmental policies in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics. After completing her studies, Annabelle worked at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for five years. In 2014, Annabelle completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Environments (Public Health). She began her PhD in 2015, supported by the Australian-German Climate and Energy College and the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges.

Matthew initially worked for over a decade in the global financial news and information business companies such as: Knight Ridder, Dow Jones and Reuters where he gained experience working in the media and news business.  Following that career he spent a couple of years with Hewlett Packard as a Pre Sales Engineer/Technical Account Manager.  In 2007 he formed an Environmental NGO ‘Beyond Zero Emissions’ and