• 2020
  • 2021

Sarah Milne

Senior Lecturer
Resources, Environment & Development group
Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
Dr Sarah Milne has worked on conservation and development issues for twenty years, both in Northern Australia and Southeast Asia. Although her initial training was in Engineering, she later gained her PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge (2010). Sarah now specializes in the field of political ecology, which enables her to explore the politics of green intervention in practice, as well as complicated struggles over natural resources – as reflected in her current Australian Research Council funded project on “rupture” with colleagues at the ANU. The bulk of Sarah’s fieldwork has taken place in Cambodia, where global conservation organisations try to conserve forests and biodiversity. In this context, Sarah studies what happens in practice as market mechanisms like REDD+, for reducing emissions through the sale of forest carbon credits, are implemented on the ground. In addition, Sarah has long combined scholarship with activism and advocacy in Cambodia, to support the rights of indigenous people and to contest illegal logging in remote forests. Amongst many contributions, Sarah has published 14 articles in international journals, and one co-edited book (2015) entitled “Conservation and Development in Cambodia: Exploring Frontiers of Change in Nature, State and Society”. She was also a major contributing author in the UNDP’s (2019) Human Development Report for Cambodia “Sustaining Natural Resources for All”.

Christian Downie

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
The Australian National University

Christian Downie is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. He was previously a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Christian has worked as a foreign policy advisor to the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and a climate policy advisor to the Department of Climate Change. Christian holds a PhD in international relations and political science from the Australian National University, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in economics. He has spent time teaching or researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Balsillie School of International Affairs among others, and he has worked in policy think tanks in Canberra and Washington D.C. Christian is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters including publications in Regulation & Governance, Global Environmental Politics, Energy Policy, Climate Policy, International Affairs, Business & Politics and Third World Quarterly. His latest book is Business Battles in the U.S. Energy Sector: Lessons for a clean energy transition

Robyn G. Alders AO

AO, BSc(Vet) Hons I, BVSc Hons I, DipVetClinStud., PhD.

Honorary Professor
Development Policy Centre
College of Asia and the Pacific
Australian National University and ANU Climate Change Institute

Robyn Alders is a Senior Consulting Fellow with the Chatham House Centre for Universal Health, an Honorary Professor with the Development Policy Centre within the Australian National University and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. For over 30 years, she has worked closely with family farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, SE Asia and Australia as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague, with an emphasis on sustainable food and nutrition security. Robyn’s current research and development interests include domestic and global food and nutrition security, One/Planetary Health, gender equity and Science Communication. She is also the Chair of the Kyeema Foundation and the Upper Lachlan Branch of the NSW Farmers’ Association.

In May 2002, Robyn was the recipient of the Kesteven Medal, awarded by the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in recognition of distinguished contributions to international veterinary science in the field of technical and scientific assistance to developing countries. In January 2011, she was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia by the Governor General of Australia for distinguished service to veterinary science as a researcher and educator, to the maintenance of food security in developing countries through livestock management and disease control programs. In February 2017, Robyn was the recipient of the Inaugural Mitchell Global Humanitarian Award which recognises Australians and others supported by Australian aid who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of international development.

Ankur Sharma

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Australian National University

Ankur Sharma is a ‘Lecturer in Nanomaterial and Systems Engineering’ at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). He received his Ph.D. in Photonics and Nanomaterial Engineering from ANU in 2019. His research included developing the first of its kind organic 2D semiconductor for future flexible and biodegradable electronic devices. His research focusses on developing the next generation electronic devices which will be completely biodegradable and preventing electronic waste from harming the environment. Ankur’s work has been published in top tier journals such as Nature and Advanced Materials and research outcomes have been covered by over 300 media outlets around the world. 

Ankur has been invited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, City of Sydney council, and other many other organizations to present his work at international trade, business, and environment summits. He is also the winner of the prestigious ANU 3MT competition in 2018. Ankur has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has received many awards for his research in the field of organic semiconductor devices. Ankur is passionate to bring about a cleaner and greener future with his research and envisions a world where technology can evolve without harming the environment. 

Katerina Teaiwa

Associate Professor
School of Culture, History & Language
College of Asia & the Pacific
Katerina was born and raised in Fiji and is of Banaban, I-Kiribati (Tabiteueuan), and African American descent. She was founder and convener of the Pacific Studies teaching program at ANU, founder of the ANU Pasifika outreach program, and co-founder and co-chair of the ANU Family Friendly Committee. She is now Associate Professor and Deputy Director Higher Degree Research Training in the School of Culture, History and Language, and Chair of the Oceania Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Katerina contributes to public discussion on Pacific regional, cultural and environmental issues including climate change; her writing has been published in the Conversation, Sydney Morning Herald, the Guardian, ABC Drum, Foreign Affairs and Australian Outlook. She has been a consultant with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, UNESCO and DFAT on cultural policy, gender and sustainable development, and Austraining International and ANU Enterprise on cross cultural and development training for Australian Volunteers International. Katerina was President of the Australian Association for Pacific Studies 2012-2017 and is currently Vice-President. In 2020 she joined the Board of New Zealand’s Pacific Cooperation Foundation.

Katerina has a background in contemporary Pacific dance and was a founding member of the Oceania Dance Theatre at the University of the South Pacific. She is currently a practising visual artist with a research-based exhibition on the impacts of phosphate mining– Project Banaba originally commissioned by Carriageworks, Sydney, and curated by Yuki Kihara. Project Banabatoured to MTG Hawke’s Bay Tai Ahuriri, Aotearoa New Zealand, co-curated by Yuki and Jess Mio. An interview about her research is on the Commodity Histories website, Familiar Strange podcast, and microwomen blog.