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Dr Cameron Allen is a sustainability scientist and international expert in sustainable development and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cameron applies his expertise in systems thinking, scenario planning, integrated assessment modelling and transformation research to demonstrate how the SDGs can be used as a blueprint to guide policy and investment decisions that deliver a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future. Cameron’s research responds to growing demand from governments, business, and other stakeholders to better understand and navigate an increasingly complex and uncertain future which is being shaped by interrelated shocks and megatrends.

Cameron has close to 20 years professional experience working with research institutions, the United Nations, the Australian Government and international NGOs. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and previously supported the intergovernmental negotiations on the SDGs at the UN. Cameron has worked as a UN advisor on green economy, environmental management and statistics, and also worked as a manager in the Australian Department of Climate Change, Department of Environment, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Cameron’s research and work are interdisciplinary with a focus on practical problem solving and actionable science. His qualifications include a PhD and MPhil in sustainable development, a Master of Environmental Management, and Bachelor degrees in business and science. Cameron has published widely in the fields of sustainable development, environmental science and policy, and sustainability science.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Sustainable Development, PhD, University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Sep 2020

Sustainable Development, MPhil, University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Sep 2016

Environmental Management, Master of Environmental Management, University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Nov 2008

Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science

Award Date: 30 Jun 2001

Business (Management and Economics), Bachelor of Business

Award Date: 30 Nov 1997

External positions

Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Association

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of New South Wales


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