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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 sustainable development transformations, integrated assessment, scenario planning, and system dynamics modelling to guide policy, investment and lifestyles that deliver a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future.  Cameron’s recent research interests include the acceleration of sustainability transitions, interactions among multi-system transitions and their synergies and trade-offs, understanding key tipping points, impediments and enabling conditions for transformations, and modelling transformation pathways to achieve the SDGs and long-term sustainable wellbeing.

Cameron has 20 years of professional experience working with research institutions, the United Nations, the Australian Government and international NGOs and organizations. He is currently a Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Science Lead supporting the UN Global Sustainable Development Report, and Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW. Cameron has worked as a UN advisor on the SDGs, green economy, and national 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 projects are interdisciplinary with a focus on practical problem solving and actionable science, and responds to growing demand from governments, business, and other stakeholders to better understand and navigate an increasingly complex and uncertain future to achieve sustainable wellbeing.  His qualifications include a PhD and MPhil in sustainable development, a Master of Environmental Management, a Bachelor of Science, and a Bachelor of Business. Cameron has published widely in the fields of sustainable development, sustainability science, and environmental science and policy.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Sustainable Development, PhD, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Award Date: 1 Sep 2020

Sustainable Development, MPhil, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Award Date: 1 Sep 2016

Environmental Management, Master of Environmental Management, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

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

Adjunct Research Fellow, University of New South Wales (UNSW)


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