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Dr Cameron Allen is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist and Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI). Cameron’s research seeks to understand important drivers and dynamics of sustainability transformations and translate key insights for governance and policy. He has a keen interest in understanding technological, social, and political drivers that shape the pace of transitions and how they can be influenced to accelerate progress towards net zero and the SDGs.

Cameron has made important research contributions to methods for studying transformations including modelling complex systems, enriching scenario modelling with socio-technical transitions frameworks, evaluating progress towards the SDGs, and assessing trade-offs and synergies between socio-economic and environmental targets. The impact of his research is evidenced by publications in world-leading interdisciplinary journals including Nature, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications and One Earth.

Cameron has collaborated on a range of research projects (>$1.5m) with government, UN and industry partners in Australia and the Asia-Pacific on net zero modelling, sustainability assessment and SDGs implementation. Cameron is currently Principal Chief Investigator for a research project awarded by the Australian Government to build a system dynamics model to support policy on Closing the Gap targets.

From 2021-3 Cameron was Science Lead at MSDI for the 2023 UN Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), while from 2020-1 he was Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network in New York. Prior to academia, Cameron had a professional career spanning 15 years working on sustainable development with the United Nations, the Australian Government, and international NGOs, including posts in New York, Geneva, Beirut, and Buenos Aires. His qualifications include a PhD and MPhil in sustainable development, a Master of Environmental Management, a Bachelor of Science, and a Bachelor of Business and Economics.

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, Advancing science to support national implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): evaluting progress, assessing interlinkages and modelling future transformations, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Award Date: 1 Sept 2020

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

Award Date: 1 Sept 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, Réseau de solutions de développement durable (Sustainable Development Solutions Network)

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

Research area keywords

  • Sustainability
  • Transitions
  • Transformations
  • Policy analysis
  • System Dynamics
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Green economy
  • Governance
  • Scenarios
  • Futures
  • SDGs
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Systems Thinking
  • ecological economics

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