Sustainable Futures Speakers

DR JOAN CONWAY, SENIOR LECTURER, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND

PRESENTATION TITLE: Aligning organisational direction to regional community need: A contextually-adaptable diagnostic tool

Dr Joan Conway, DipT BEd MEd PhD, FACEL, is a Senior Lecturer, and Associate Director (Research) of the Leadership Research International, University of Southern Queensland. Joan teaches and researches in the areas of leadership, curriculum and pedagogy with a strong focus on collaboration and collective intelligence for the emerging and practising teacher. She is a core team member of IDEAS.

DR DOROTHY ANDREWS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND

PRESENTATION TITLE: Aligning organisational direction to regional community need: A contextually-adaptable diagnostic tool 

Dr Dorothy Andrews, BA DipEd MEdSt PhD, FACE, FACELQ, FACEL, is an Associate Professor, and Director of the Leadership Research International at the University of Southern Queensland. Dorothy teaches and researches in the areas of leadership and processes of whole-school improvement. She has been engaged in three longitudinal studies tracing the impact of whole school improvement processes (IDEAS).

DR LINDY-ANNE ABAWI, ASSOCIATE DEAN, LEARNING AND TEACHING, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND

PRESENTATION TITLE: Aligning organisational direction to regional community need : A contextually-adaptable diagnostic tool 

Dr Lindy-Anne Abawi, MEd PhD, is the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Business, Education, Arts and Law at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She is a member of the Leadership Research International (LRI) group and conducts research in the fields of: school improvement, inclusivity and diversity, institution-wide alignment, and organisational culture.

PROFESSOR MARTIN THOMAS, DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR RURAL FUTURES, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

PRESENTATION TITLE: A Regional Universities Network Water Flagship

Professor Martin Thoms is Director of the Institute for Rural Futures at the University of New England. 

DR LARELLE FABBRO, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Water for the Future

Dr Larelle Fabbro A.S.D.A., Dip. T., B. App. Sci. (Biol), PhD is involved in researching the aquatic ecology and health of the Fitzroy River system. For over 30 years, Larelle has worked on relationships between water quality and human health and specializes in cyanobacterial ecology, taxonomy, toxicity and management. Larelle supervises a number of very active postgraduate students and teaches postgraduate Applied and Industrial Water Management at CQUniversity.

DR NICOLE FLINT, RESEARCH FELLOW, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND MANAGEMENT, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Adding value to environmental monitoring investment in rural and regional Australia

Nicole’s areas of research include aquatic ecosystem management and assessment, environmental indicators, and fish biology and ecology. Some of her recent projects include the development of an ecosystem health index for the Fitzroy Basin, a synthesis of issues affecting port water quality for the Fitzroy Water Quality Improvement Plan, a monitoring efficiency review for the Fitzroy Basin, and piloting social, cultural and economic indicators for Gladstone Harbour. Nicole is the Science Leader for the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health, leads the Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology research cluster at CQUniversity and represents CQUniversity in a variety of research fora including the Regional Universities Network Water Landscape Futures group. Nicole aims to provide research to inform the sustainable management of regional Australia’s diverse and valuable coastlines and rivers.

DR JAMES CHAPMAN, SENIOR LECTURER AND DISCIPLINE LEAD FOR CHEMISTRY, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: What is H2O and what is H2O4? How can we use chemistry to make it last longer?

James is currently the discipline leader for chemistry at CQUniversity. He leads a team of research academics in the field of surface and interfacial sciences in projects for the environment and health. He has extensive multi-disciplinary academic and industry experience and has developed a research portfolio based on his nanotechnology and biomaterial background from the UK and Ireland. He has numerous research higher degree and honours students and spearheads the analytical chemistry capabilities for the university.

MR DAVID EBBS, PhD STUDENT, FEDERATION UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA

PRESENTATION TITLE: Ballarat’s journey to a water sensitive city

David commenced his PhD in 2015 after more than 25 years working predominantly in the manufacturing sector.  A Chemical Engineering degree and MBA equipped him well for engineering and factory management, specialising in productivity improvements. His research is now on alternative water supplies, and investigating a Triple Bottom Line analysis of alternative methods for using stormwater to supplement a city’s water supply. David also lectures at Federation University in Water Drainage Infrastructure and Water and Wastewater treatment.

CAROLINE LOVE, CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Making Decisions on Water Trading: A Study of Irrigators’ Perceptions and Information Behaviour AND Collaborative farmer-led research: Benefits and Challenges for Promoting Adoption of Conservation Farming Practices

 With a background in agriculture and natural resource management, Caroline has worked as a Dairy Extension Officer in both Western Australia and Victoria, in evaluation roles at a NSW Catchment Management Authority, and as consultant specialising in project evaluation. She has been at Charles Sturt University for 5 years teaching into the Agricultural Science and Agribusiness degrees as well as working part-time on her PhD in water policy. Caroline will also be found on her bike dreaming of bike-packing across Australia.

DR LORNE BUTT, SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR, TAFE WESTERN INSTITUTE

PRESENTATION TITLE: Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning – Strategies to Support Sustainable Regional Futures

Dr Lorne Butt is the Sustainability Coordinator at TAFE NSW Western Institute. Lorne specialises in sustainability practice, governance, education and research. Lorne is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of the British and Australia/New Zealand academies of management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Australian Association of Environmental Educators.

PROFESSOR CAROLINE SULLIVAN, PROFESSOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY, SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE:  Reinstating Landscapes and Livelihoods in Fiji and Vanuatu: What Role for Agroforestry and Ecosystem services?

Dr Caroline Sullivan is an ecological and environmental economist who has over 20 years of interdisciplinary research experience. She joined the staff of Southern Cross University in December 2008, after spending 2 years as a Distinguished Research Fellow in Oxford University, and 8 years as the Head of Water Policy and Management at the UK Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, in Wallingford, UK. 

Dr Sullivan has carried out practical collaborative research in many countries in Africa, S.E Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. She has undertaken contracts for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, FAO, UNESCO, the EU, the UK Government, ACIAR  and the ARC.

In addition to her long standing commitment to work on global poverty reduction and  economic development, her current research interests include the development of policy tools to support water management, reduce land degradation and promote payments for ecosystem services, both in Australia and elsewhere.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NANJAPPA ASHWATH, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Biofuel production from degraded landscapes: Selection of suitable plant species

Dr Nanjappa Ashwath has been working on native plants for more than 3 decades. His aim is to select appropriate Australian plants for abiotic stress tolerance, conservation, hyperaccumulation of heavy metal for phytoremediation and phytocapping of landfills, and biofuel production from marginal soils. He has attracted research grants from ARC, RDC’s, NHT, mining companies and private organisations. He has supervised/co-supervised more than 60 post graduate students and published about 200 research articles. He is also a local expert in plant identification, seed germination, phytoremediation, mine site rehabilitation and tissue culture.

MR PAUL KELLY, TEACHER, METAL FABRICATION, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Biodiesel: delivering more than just renewable energy in Mackay

A metal fabrication teacher for Central Queensland University (formerly CQ TAFE), Paul teaches high school students enrolled in Certificate II in Engineering Pathways as part of the ETRF (Education and Training Reform for the Future) program supporting VET in Schools and has also developed a flexible learning program for Indigenous Trainees. This is his eighth year teaching both high school students and apprentices.  His trade qualifications in Panel Beating (vehicle building), Spray Painting and Boilermaking combined with a Diploma of Management, Diploma in Youth Work, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE) and a Bachelor in Learning Design equip him in his management of the classroom. His previous positions, including Glendyne Training and Education Centre Hervey Bay, training disadvantaged and marginalised high school students in a workshop, has provided a practical understanding of how to engage the disconnected student and respond holistically considering social and emotional well-being. Managing his own smash repair business for 14 years and employing numerous apprentices and trainees has provided a foundation of empathy for the struggles small business encounters, and personal understanding of the demand for work-ready apprentices who have job ready skills. Years of effectively liaising with insurance companies, customers and industry partners has established high-level consultative skills that have been essential in his success as a VET teacher and now bio diesel project manager.

MR KALAM ASAD, PhD STUDENT, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Biodiesel from Australian Mandarin seed: A rich source of alternative fuel for diesel engines

Kalam Azad is currently doing research on advanced biofuel combustion modelling in the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University, Australia. His areas of interest are energy conversion and processing, advanced CFD analysis, advanced combustion, renewable energy (bioenergy, wind energy etc.), natural gas and oil refinery processing. He has published more than 70 research articles in different international journals, conferences and books in the areas of his interests. Currently, he is editing a book entitled “Clean Energy for Sustainable Development” with ELSEVIER. He is also working as a reviewer for different renowned international journals and books. He has more than five years working experience in petroleum sectors in Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla) under the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources.

ANNA FARMER, LECTURER IN LAW, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Clinical Legal Education and Access to Justice in the Regions: A case study on embedding clinical experiences within an online distance education model

Anna joined CQUniversity School of Business and Law in 2010 as a Lecturer in Law.  Prior to this she was a postgraduate research and teaching fellow at Warwick University, UK. She holds an LLB (1st class Hons)/B Arts (Journalism), LLM and Grad Dip in Legal Practice from Griffith University. She was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2004.  During her time at CQUniversity she has taught first year torts, taken on the role of 1st Year Coordinator for the LLB and helped develop the CQUniversity-CQCLC Law Clinic Program.  Her current research interests include the transitional and transformational learning of 1st year law students; online teaching technologies and clinical experience.

WAYNE JONES, LECTURER IN LAW, CQUNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Clinical Legal Education and Access to Justice in the Regions: A case study on embedding clinical experiences within an online distance education model

Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in Queensland in 1987 Wayne has practiced for over 25 years both in private practice and government practice. He was a Senior Solicitor at Queensland Legal Aid. Wayne is the University Solicitor at CQUniversity and also teaches in law degree in Introduction to Law, Statutory interpretation and Employment Law. Wayne is a long-time volunteer and committee member of the Community Legal Centre in Rockhampton and has been instrumental in developing a working relationship between the CQCLC and the University.

MITCHELL KIRBY, PhD CANDIDATE, SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Novel approaches to investigate farmer values of soil health

A PhD candidate of Southern Cross University, Mitch’s passion lies at the interdisciplinary interface between ecological economics and integrated environmental management. Born and raised on the NSW Mid North Coast, Mitch has a strong focus on the inherent relationship between communities and the natural systems they inhabit. His goal is to contribute to sustainable development by assisting decision processes to better consider the true value of natural systems and the societal benefits they provide. His thesis is titled: “Can multiple payments for ecosystem services improve rural livelihoods and  deliver better managed environments?”

AMANDA SCOTT, RESEARCH MANAGER, SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY

PRESENTATION TITLE: Fostering Sustainable Collaboration in Trans-Disciplinary Projects in Regional Universities

Amanda Scott is Research Manager, School of Education, Southern Cross University (in Lismore, Australia) for the RUN educational project It’s part of my life: Engaging university and community to enhance science and mathematics education. She is currently engaged in a doctoral program examining project sustainability.

DR MARGARET MARSHMAN, SENIOR LECTURER IN MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

PRESENTATION TITLE: Developing and sustaining community partnerships between mathematics and science educators, researchers, preservice teachers and schools

Margaret Marshman is a mathematics educator from the University of the Sunshine Coast. She previously taught at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and at a number of Gold Coast schools. Prior to this she was a physicist with the Centre for Magnetic Resonance at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on encouraging students to engage with mathematical investigations and modelling their world.

VALERIE CLEARY, HEAD OF SERVICES, ACADEMIC LEARNING CENTRE, CQUNIVERSITY 

PRESENTATION TITLE: Improving educational evaluation for a sustainable future: Academic Learning Centre staff perspectives on quality assessment

Valerie Cleary has been an educator in a range of contexts for 30 years and has a well-developed knowledge of adult learning. Val Cleary has been an employee of CQUniversity since 2000 during which time she has worked with both the Academic Learning Services Unit (ALSU) and the School of Education and Arts. While employed as an ALSU course coordinator and lecturer for STEPS enabling courses, she developed strategies and resources to assist adult learners to improve writing skills in preparation for successful undergraduate study. In this program consideration is given to the broad experiences, beliefs and values that these learners bring.

She currently works with the ALSU Academic Learning Centre (ALC) as Head of Services. In this role she leads a team of advisers who provide both internal and distance undergraduate students in all CQUniversity schools with assistance to develop academic skills. ALC advisers offer advice and assistance through a number of service options and across academic writing, computing, science, mathematics and statistics.

RUSSELL CLAUS, EXECUTIVE MANAGER, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ROCKHAMPTON REGIONAL COUNCIL

PRESENTATION TITLE: The emerging role of Local Government as Economic Development Leaders

Russell Claus is the Executive Manager of Regional Development for Rockhampton Regional Council.  His portfolio encompasses all aspects of forward focused planning and city building, including strategic planning, economic development, CBD revitalisation, placemaking and design, and marketing and promotions. Before starting with RRC in early 2014, Russell worked for Oklahoma City Council in the US for 17 years, his last six years as the Director of Planning.  During his tenure in Oklahoma City, Russell played a pivotal role in envisioning and facilitating the City’s transformation from a moribund, economically and socially depressed community into a thriving urban centre, with one of the most dynamic and admired CBDs in the country.  Russell has worked in various other planning and urban redevelopment related roles in the US and Australia.  He has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Studies) from Griffith University and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.