Plenary and Workshop Speaker Biographies: Archived Webpage from the First i2S Conference

This is an archived page from the website of the 2013 First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation.
Please note that this is a copy of a page from the original conference website which was hosted elsewhere; some links (eg to the conference venue) have been removed and some of the material within the page refers to functionality that is no longer available (eg references to material in the right-hand column).
A full site map of the archived website shows all the pages and elements that were on the original conference website. 


Gabriele Bammer

Gabriele Bammer is developing the new discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S), which is described in Disciplining Interdisciplinarity: Integration and Implementation Sciences for Researching Complex Real-World Problems (ANU E Press, 2013). She is Director of the Research School of Population Health, of the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health and of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, all in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, The Australian National University. She is also an ANU Public Policy Fellow, a Research Fellow at the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the convenor of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security’s Integration and Implementation research program.

Matthias Bergmann

Matthias Bergmann is a senior researcher at the Institute for Social-ecological Research (ISOE) in Frankfurt, Germany where he is part of the research unit Transdisciplinary Methods and Concepts (since 2000). In addition, he is an invited guest scientist for research and teaching at the Leuphana University Lueneburg (Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research) since August 2011. He has a doctorate in Environmental Engineering. At ISOE he focuses on the study of quality criteria, the evaluation of transdisciplinary research, methods for integration issues in transdisciplinary research and on transdisciplinarity in higher education. From 1998 to 2011 he worked at the Wissenschaftskolleg – Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, where he was responsible for quality management, evaluation and the management of interdisciplinary research projects.

Thieu Besselink

Thieu is researcher, writer, and social entrepreneur. He wrote his multidisciplinary PhD with Prof. Richard Sennett and Prof. Neil Walker at the European University Institute, LSE, and NYU on authority and leadership in the open society. He also studied at the theater academy in Florence, piano and music technology at the conservatory, political philosophy at Bologna University, and took an MSc in philosophy and urban studies at London School of Economics. Thieu is founder and designer of The Learning Lab. The Learning Lab participates in curriculum development, program design and system learning processes with a.o. FreedomLab, Guggenheim, Utrecht University, BMW, MIT and others.

Hilary Bradbury Huang

Hilary Bradbury Huang, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Division of Management at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Her research, scholarly activism and teaching focus on the human and organizational dimensions of creating healthy communities. At OHSU she teaches in the OHSU-PSU joint MBA in Healthcare Management program and in the physician leadership development programs. She also develops the action research approach to Community Based Participatory Research for Health.

Hilary is editor-in-chief of Action Research Journal. She co-edited the bestselling Handbook of Action Research (Sage, 2001; 2008) with Peter Reason. Her journal articles have appeared in Organization Science, Sloan Management Review and Journal of Management Inquiry, among others. Previously Hilary was Research Associate Professor at University of Southern California and Director of Sustainable Business Research at the Center for Sustainable Cities. Before that she was Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. She lives with her family in Portland, OR.

Simon Bronitt

Simon Bronitt is Director of CEPS. Simon was previously a Professor of Law in the ANU College of Law and Associate Director of the Australian Centre for Military Law and Justice, ANU. Between 2006-9 he served as the Director of the ANU Centre of European Studies in the Research School of Humanities. Drawing on comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives, Simon has published widely on criminal justice issues, including counter terrorism law and human rights, covert policing, telecommunications interception and international criminal law. His publications include Principles of Criminal Law (3rd ed, Thomson Reuters 2010) and Law in Context (4th ed, Federation Press, 2012). He was the lead Chief Investigator of ARC-funded Discovery Project on counter-terrorism law (2005-2008), which culminated in the publication of Miriam Gani & Penelope Mathew (editors), Fresh Perspectives on the War on Terror (2008).

Marcel Bursztyn

Marcel Bursztyn holds a B.A. in Economics (1973) and an M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning (1976), from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He also holds a Diploma in Planning Studies from the University of Edinburgh (1977), a doctorate in Social and Economic Development, from Université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne (1982) and a doctorate in Economics, from Université de Picardie, France (1988).

Since 1992 he has been working at the University of Brasília, where he is now a professor in the Center for Sustainable Development. He was a post-doctoral visiting fellow in Public Policies at Université de Paris XIII and at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1989-1991). He is also a member of the French Ethics Committee for the Agrarian Research, editor of the Journal Sustainability in Debate, and member of the editorial board of 12 journals. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – Sustainability Science Program (2007-2008), a Visiting Professor (“Chaire des Amériques”) at Université de Rennes 2, France (2009), and at Université de Paris 3 – Sorbonne la Nouvelle (“Chaire Simon Bolivar”) (2012).

Main fields of interest: regional development, sustainable development, environmental policy, interdisciplinarity, perceptions of climate change, and ethical issues in research.

Aidan Byrne

Professor Aidan Byrne is CEO of the Australian Research Council. He was appointed in July 2012. Professor Byrne is a welcomed force at the ARC to help deliver its key priorities and deliverables.

Previously the Dean of Science and the Director of the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Professor Byrne brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise particularly in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering.

Professor Byrne completed a BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland before commencing a PhD degree at the ANU in 1981. Following the completion of the degree in Department of Nuclear Physics he held positions with the University of Melbourne and spent over two years in Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt fellow. He returned to the ANU in 1989 as a Research Fellow and in 1991 commenced a joint appointment between the Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Physics from 2003 to 2007.

His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei and as probes in the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors); he has published over 200 papers.

Noshir Contractor

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. and William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University. He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, translational science and engineering communities, public health networks and virtual worlds.

Lynn Crawford

Lynn Crawford is Professor of Systemic Management at the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE), Visiting Professor at Cranfield University School of Management, UK, Adjunct Professor at Bond University and lectures in leadership of complex projects at Sydney University. Through Human Systems International she works globally with corporations and government agencies concerned with assessing and improving their project and program management capability. Ongoing research includes project management competence and career paths, corporate delivery capability, business change, disaster management and contextual differences in project management practice. Research monographs published by PMI include Project Categorization Systems: Aligning Capability with Strategy for Better Results, Situational Sponsorship of Projects and Programs: an Empirical Review; Exploring the Complexity of Projects: Implications of Complexity Theory for Project Management Practice, Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World and Best Industry Outcomes, a study of the strategic drivers of delivery capability. Lynn has been instrumental in the formation of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) and is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), Honorary Member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), and received the 2011 IPMA Research Achievement Award.

Dean L. Fixsen

Dean L. Fixsen, Ph.D. began his career in human services in 1963 as a psychiatric aide in a large state hospital for children with profound developmental delays. Dean received his doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1970. Dean was Co-Director of the research group that produced the Teaching-Family Model, an early version of an evidence-based program (45 years and counting) and one of the few that has national certification standards for practitioners and for organizations using the Model. Dean is co-author of the highly regarded monograph, Implementation research: A synthesis of the literature. He has served on numerous editorial boards and has advised federal, state, and local governments. Dean is a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Co-Director (with Karen Blase) of the National Implementation Research Network; Co-Director (with Barbara Sims, Karen Blase, Rob Horner, and George Sugai) of the State Implementation and Scaling up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center; Co-Founder (with Jennifer Schroeder and Melissa DeRosier) of the Global Implementation Initiative; and a member of the founding Board of Editors of the journal Implementation Science. Dean has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes in provider organizations and service delivery systems, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults.

Beth Fulton

Beth Fulton has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Tasmania. She is a Principal Research Scientist with the CSIRO. She developed the Atlantis modelling framework, used to provide strategic advice to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. It has been applied in more than 20 marine ecosystems around the world to provide advice on managing potentially competing uses of marine environments, indicators and monitoring, and adaptation to global change. Beth also helped co-develop the InVitro modelling framework which takes systems based thinking and management strategy evaluation to the topic of sustainable multiple use management of complex coastal socioecological systems.

Howard Gadlin

Howard Gadlin has been Ombudsman and Director of the Center for Cooperative Resolution at the National Institutes of Health since the beginning of 1999. He is studying the dynamics of scientific teams and collaborations and developing new approaches to addressing conflicts among scientists. An experienced mediator, trainer, and consultant, Dr Gadlin has years of experience working with conflicts related to race, ethnicity and gender, including sexual harassment. Currently he is developing new approaches to addressing conflicts among scientists. He is often called in as a consultant/mediator in “intractable” disputes. Dr Gadlin has designed and conducted training programs internationally in dispute resolution, sexual harassment and multicultural conflict. Dr Gadlin is past President of the University and College Ombuds Association and of The Ombudsman Association. Dr Gadlin has authored and co-authored a number of writings. Most recently he has co-authored Collaboration & Team Science: A Field Guide.

Jill Jaeger

Dr. Jaeger is an independent scholar and senior researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI). She graduated with a PhD in Geography (Climatology) from the University of Colorado in 1974. In 1987 Dr. Jaeger became Project Leader at the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden, and in 1991 she became Director of the Climate Policy Division of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany. At the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, she was Deputy Director from 1994-1998. Dr. Jaeger was Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) from 1999 until 2002. She joined the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Austria, in 2004. In addition to contributing numerous scientific publications in books and scientific journals, she has participated in a range of research projects and environmental assessments. Her main interest is in the linking of knowledge and action for transitions to sustainability.

Michael Keelty

Michael Keelty AO APM is undertaking a review of the Queensland Department of Community Safety (Police, Fire, Ambulance, Emergency Management & Corrections) and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Australian National University and in the Australian Graduate School of Policing at Charles Sturt University. From 2001 – 9 he was Commissioner, Australian Federal Police (AFP), where among other things, he was responsible for the expansion of the AFP into new roles of counter terrorism, high tech crime, people smuggling, airport policing and security; the assistance given to the Indonesian National Police to successfully investigate terrorist attacks in Bali and Jakarta from 2002 to 2009; and the oversight of Australia’s national policing response to the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami where thousands of lives were lost. He has received honours from governments in Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Timor Leste and Thailand.

Julie Thompson Klein

Julie Thompson Klein is Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Development in the Division of Research and Professor of Humanities in the English Department at Wayne State University (USA). She has also had appointments as Visiting Foreign Professor at Shimane University in Japan, Fulbright Lecturer at Tribhuvan University in Nepal and Academic Specialist for the U.S. Information Agency in Kathmandu, Foundation Visitor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Visiting Professor and Mellon Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Michigan. Klein is past president of the Association for Integrative Studies (AIS) and former editor of the AIS journal Issues in Integrative Studies.

Her books include Interdisciplinarity: History, Theory, and Practice (l990), Interdisciplinary Studies Today (co-edited, 1994), Crossing Boundaries: Knowledge, Disciplinarities, and Interdisciplinarities (1996), Transdisciplinarity: Joint Problem Solving among Science, Technology, and Society (co-edited, 2001), Interdisciplinary Education in K-12 and College (edited, 2002), the monograph Mapping Interdisciplinary Studies (1999), Humanities, Culture, and Interdisciplinarity: The Changing American Academy (2005), and Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures (2010). She was also Associate Editor of the Oxford Handbook on Interdisciplinarity (2010), and has authored numerous articles and book chapters. Klein has received the Kenneth Boulding Award for outstanding scholarship on interdisciplinarity, the Yamamoorthy and Yeh Distinguished Transdisciplinary Achievement Award, and the Joseph Katz Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Practice and Discourse of General and Liberal Education.

At present, she is co-editor of the University of Michigan Press series Digital Humanities@digitalculturebooks and is writing a new book on Interdisciplining Digital Humanities.

Daniel Lang

Born 1974 in Kenzingen, Germany. 2005 PhD in environmental sciences, ETH Zurich. Switzerland. 2006-2009 (senior) scientist at ETH Zurich (Institute for Environmental Decisions, Natural and Social Science Interface). 2008 three month stay at Yale University as research affiliate. Since 2010 professor in Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research at the Faculty Sustainability, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. September 2010-September 2012 Dean responsible for Study Affairs of the Leuphana Semester as well as the Comprehensive Studies of the Leuphana College and since April 2012 Dean of the Faculty Sustainability. Research areas: transdisciplinary and transformative research, sustainability science, systemic assessment of human-environment systems.

Gerald Midgley

Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking at the University of Hull, UK. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Queensland, Australia; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Mälardalen University, Sweden; and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. From 2003-2010, he was a Senior Science Leader in the Social Systems Group at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (New Zealand). He has had over 300 papers on systems thinking and stakeholder engagement published in international journals, edited books and practitioner magazines, and has been involved in a wide variety of public sector, community development, technology foresight and resource management research projects. He is the 2013/14 President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, and has written or edited 11 books including, Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer, 2000); Operational Research and Environmental Management: A New Agenda (Operational Research Society, 2001); Systems Thinking, Volumes I-IV (Sage, 2003); Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development (Kluwer, 2004); and Forensic DNA Evidence on Trial: Science and Uncertainty in the Courtroom (Emergent, 2011).

Linda Neuhauser

Linda Neuhauser is Clinical Professor of Community Health and Human Development at UC Berkeley and Co-Principal Investigator at Health Research for Action. Her research and teaching are focused on transdisciplinary, translational, and participatory approaches to improve health interventions. She has a special interest in collaborative design and evaluation of mass communication that meets people’s literacy, language, cultural, disability, and other needs. In addition to her work at HRA, she serves on national task forces on translational research, communication, and Internet health. She has won numerous awards for her work in health promotion and communication. She formerly served as a health officer in the US State Department in West and Central Africa. She holds DrPH and MPH degrees from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Deborah O’Connell

Dr Deborah O’Connell has a background across many disciplines including agriculture, ecology, forestry, hydrology, spatial and statistical analysis. Her research in the last 20 years has focused on developing and applying integrated assessment frameworks and systems analysis approaches domains of water, energy and sustainability. For the last seven years she has worked in the area of biomass and bioenergy, leading an interdisciplinary team of 20 scientists across forestry, agriculture, waste management, process and chemical engineering, energy technologies, policy analysis, economics, aviation and motor industries, life cycle analysis and sustainability science. This work has set the agenda for biofuels and bioenergy research in Australia. Deborah is currently at CSIRO Material Sciences and Engineering.

Michael O’Rourke

Michael O’Rourke is Professor of Philosophy and faculty in AgBioResearch at Michigan State University. His research interests include environmental philosophy, the nature of epistemic integration and communication in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, and the nature of linguistic communication between intelligent agents. He is Director of the Toolbox Project, an NSF-sponsored research initiative that investigates philosophical approaches to facilitating interdisciplinary research. He has published extensively on the topics of communication, interdisciplinary theory and practice, and robotic agent design. He has been a co-principal investigator or collaborator on funded projects involving autonomous underwater vehicles, biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture, and resilience in environmental systems. He co-founded and served as co-director of the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference, an interdisciplinary conference on philosophical themes, and as co-editor of the Topics in Contemporary Philosophy series published by MIT Press.

Cha-aim Pachanee

Dr. Pachanee is a researcher at International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Ministry of Public Health in Thailand. Prior to this she worked at Bureau of International Health for five years before pursuing a study for PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Health (Environmental Health) from Queensland University of Technology and Master of International Health from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Before joining the Ministry of Public Health, she was a research assistant at Thailand Environment Institute.

Dr. Pachanee is particularly interested in the areas of international trade in health services, human resources for health, health systems and health policies, global health, and environmental health. She has been involving in research in these areas and presenting her works in a number of forums as well as publishing a number of articles.

Christian Pohl

Christian Pohl has a PhD in environmental sciences and is co-director of the transdisciplinarity-net of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences as well as a core member of the Transdisciplinarity Lab of the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. He studied environmental sciences and undertook a doctoral thesis on uncertainty in environmental assessments. As a post-doctoral researcher he moved to the field of science studies and analysed inter- and trans-disciplinary research. Over the last decade Christian has substantially contributed to the advancement of theory and practice of trans-disciplinary research, specifically in the field of sustainable development (cf. Principles for Designing Transdisciplinary Research, Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research, Methods for Transdisciplinary Research). Currently he is engaged with developing a compilation of methods for co-producing knowledge and is chairing the Sustainable Development at Universities Programme (2013-2016).

Merritt Polk

Merritt Polk is an Associate Professor in Human Ecology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. She is also a co-director at Mistra-Urban Futures, a transdisciplinary Center for sustainable urban development. At the Center, Merritt heads the development of a transdisciplinary methodology for the co-production of knowledge and capacity building between and among different disciplines, and private, semi-private and public organizations. She is responsible for developing and evaluating guidelines and strategies for ensuring that the knowledge produced at the Center is usable for the targeted stakeholder groups. Some of her current research projects include: transdisciplinary learning, links between transdisciplinary and sustainability, and evaluating transdisciplinarity by combining practical relevance and scientific excellence.

George P. Richardson

George P. Richardson is O’Leary Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, and affiliated Professor of Informatics in the College of Computing and Information. He is the author of Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling with DYNAMO (1981) and Feedback Thought in Social Science and Systems Theory (1991, 1999), both of which were honoured with the System Dynamics Society’s Jay W.Forrester Award, and the edited two-volume collection Modeling for Management: Simulation in Support of Systems Thinking (1996). He founded the System Dynamics Review and later served for seven years as its Executive Editor. Professor Richardson has been honored with awards from the University and the State University of New York for Excellence in Teaching (2003) and Excellence in Academic Service (2010). In 2011, the System Dynamics Society recognized him with its award for Outstanding Service for his contributions to the Society and the field.

Alison Ritter

Professor Alison Ritter is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (2012 to 2016) leading a collaborative, multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. The goal of the work is to advance drug policy through improving the evidence-base, translating research and studying policy processes. Professor Ritter worked as a clinical psychologist in the alcohol and drug treatment sector prior to commencing full-time research. She was the Deputy Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre from 1995 to 2005. She has contributed significant policy and practice developments in the alcohol and drug sector over many years. She is the President of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, Vice-President of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Australia and an Editor for a number of journals, including Drug and Alcohol Review, and the International Journal of Drug Policy. Professor Ritter has an extensive research grant track record. She has published widely in the field including three edited books; multiple book chapters and more than 200 other publications.

Michael Smithson

Michael Smithson is a Professor in the Research School of Psychology at The Australian National University in Canberra, and received his PhD from the University of Oregon. He is the author of Confidence Intervals (2003), Statistics With Confidence (2000), Ignorance and Uncertainty (1989), and Fuzzy Set Analysis for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (1987), co-author of Fuzzy Set Theory: Applications in the Social Sciences (2006), and co-editor of Uncertainty and Risk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2008) and Resolving Social Dilemmas: Dynamic, Structural, and Intergroup Aspects (1999). His other publications include more than 140 refereed journal articles and book chapters. His primary research interests are in judgement and decision making under uncertainty, statistical methods for the social sciences, and applications of fuzzy set theory to the social sciences.

Ulli Vilsmaier

Ulli Vilsmaier is Junior Professor for Transdisciplinary Methods at Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. She is a member of the inter-faculty Center of Methods and the Institute for Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research in the Faculty of Sustainability. She trained as a Geographer and until 2011 worked in the field of regional development and development studies in a collaboration between the University of Salzburg and non-governmental organisations. Her current main research interests are: space concepts/constitution of space, methods of inter- and transdisciplinary boundary-work, foundations of transdisciplinarity, transdisciplinary case study teaching, regional development and sustainability.

John van Breda

John Van Breda is the project manager of the Transdisciplinary, Sustainability, Analysis, Modelling and Assessment Hub (TsamaHub). This involves conceptualising and implementing of the first transdisciplinary doctoral programme in sustainability studies in South Africa, which is occurring in collaboration with colleagues from seven different faculties at Stellenbosch University as well as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Human Sciences Research Council and the Sustainability Institute.

Daniel Walker

Daniel Walker is Chief of CSIRO’s Division of Ecosystem Sciences. The Division comprises some 500 staff with expertise in ecology, agricultural and forestry systems sciences, social and economic sciences, environmental biotechnology and urban infrastructure and engineering at 18 laboratories across Australia. He plays a leadership role in systems-oriented research on the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainable production and consumption in Australia’s urban centres, agricultural, forestry and rangelands landscapes as well as management of our conservation estate.

Daniel is also an Editor in Chief of the international journal Agricultural Systems.

Daniel joined CSIRO in Townsville in 1994 and worked on regional sustainability and development issues in northern Australia including work with sugar industry and regional planning and management in Australia’s savannas. He moved to Canberra in 2004 and is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.

Before joining CSIRO Daniel worked on research to better integrate local knowledge systems into RDE programs in agroforestry in the developing world. This included substantial work in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Nepal.

Bianca Vienni

Bianca Vienni is an archaeologist and Assistant Professor at the Academic Department of Espacio Interdisciplinario (Universidad de la República, Uruguay). Her research interests include the dynamics of interdisciplinary work, scientific democratization and communication in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research. Bianca holds a Master in Cultural Heritage Management and is developing her PhD. in archaeological heritage and its socialization from an interdisciplinary perspective. She has published on the topic of the interdisciplinary nature of academic research groups. She has been a co-principal investigator or collaborator on funded projects involving archaeological heritage and its co-construction. Bianca also co-coordinates the Educational Programme of Laboratorio de Arqueología del Paisaje y Patrimonio de Uruguay (Universidad de la República).

Ian Young

Professor Ian Young AO was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University in March 2011. Previously he was Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology from 2003 until taking up his role at ANU.

His research interests are in Coastal and Ocean Engineering and Physical Oceanography. He has a distinguished academic career, having published extensively and received sustained competitive research funding. Consultancies include to the US Navy and the offshore oil and gas industry in Australia, Asia and North America.

Professor Young has numerous awards including the C.N Barton Medal and Lorenz G. Straub Medal. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2012 he was named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia..

John Young

John Young is Director of Impact Assessment, Partnerships and RAPID (Research and Policy in Development) at The Overseas Development Institute (ODI). John Young joined ODI in May 2001 after five years in Indonesia managing the DFID Decentralised Livestock Services in the Eastern Regions of Indonesia (DELIVERI) Project – an action-research project to promote more decentralised and client-oriented livestock services – where he also led on communication, policy engagement and monitoring and evaluation. Before that he was ITDG’s Country Director in Kenya, responsible for managing the group’s practical project and research work on a wide range of technologies to ensure that lessons were effectively communicated to government and non-government policy makers. Since joining ODI he has been involved in projects on decentralisation and rural services, information and information systems, strengthening southern research capacity, and research communication. John started and then developed the RAPID programme into a global leader on the research-policy interface, and was instrumental in developing RAPID’s key approaches on policy influence (ROMA). Now, after two years as Deputy Director of ODI, John continues to lead the RAPID programme, with an emphasis on impact assessments and evaluation, and with organisation-wide responsibility for developing strategic partnerships.