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Dr. Robert Dyball

Australian National University (ANU)
Senior Lecturer, Fenner School of Environment and Society
Robert convenes the Human Ecology program in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. He is also visiting Professor at the College of Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños. His current research centres on the application of dynamic systems thinking to problems in Human Ecology and Sustainability Science more generally. He has been involved in a range of projects that focus on Sustainable Cities, in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore and the University of Copenhagen as part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). This cluster of projects takes the vulnerability of cities to processes affecting global food security as a central theme. He is now extending aspects of that work to a developing nation context with the College of Human Ecology at the University of the Philippines Los Banos. He is also involved with a range of activities around Education for Sustainability, and is particularly interested in linking teaching about sustainability with the University’s campus management practices in order to engage students in practical and applied research.

Robert is President of the international Society for Human Ecology (SHE) and hosted the SHE conference at the ANU in February 2013, jointly with the International Conference on Sustainability Science in Asia (ICSS-Asia). Robert is also Chair of the Human Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). He is co-Chair of the ANU Humanities and Social Sciences Delegated Ethics Review Committee (DERC). He is editor of the journal Human Ecology Review. Robert was ANU organising committee member for the IARU Sustainability Science Conference held in Copenhagen in October 2014 and convened the Education for Sustainability Theme for that conference. He has also been academic advisor to Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). He has been awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (then ‘Carrick’) citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. With Barry Newell, he is author of Understanding Human Ecology published by Routledge (2105).