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Professor Wilkinson is an internationally recognised expert on resilience, sustainability transitions, cities, planning, governance, environmental justice and community engagement and has a demonstrated passion and commitment across more than 25 years bridging the gap between academia and practice. Between 2006-2013 she was based in Sweden at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, where she led international science-policy resilience projects with the Conference of Parties to the UNEP Convention for Biological Diversity, the Arctic Council, the African Centre for Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation, consulted to governments across Europe and completed a PhD on urban resilience. Professor Wilkinson has a strong track record of academic publication, successful research grants (in Europe and with the ARC), journal editorial board membership, as well as international conference keynotes and lecturing. As a senior executive, she lead the development and implementation of major policy, science and organisational reforms for the Victorian Government across the urban planning, water and environment portfolios. Professor Wilkinson led long-term sustainable integrated land use transport and integrated water planning to guide multi-billion dollars of infrastructure investment, including the development and implementation of a metropolitan strategy for Melbourne, Melbourne 2030: planning for sustainable growth. As CEO of the Environment Protection Authority Victoria, she lead an organisational transformation program to become a world-class environmental regulator based on world-leading new preventative duties based legislation, significantly strengthened science capability, emergency response and community engagement. Professor Wilkinson is an experienced Board member, Ministerial Advisory Committee member, expert panel member and independent advisor. Her leadership approach has been significantly influenced by her experience playing ice hockey for the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey team.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Natural Resource Management, PhD, Stockholm University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2012

Environmental Science, Masters, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 4 Sep 2000

Applied Science (Planning), Bachelor, RMIT University

Award Date: 30 Jun 1994

Research area keywords

  • Resilience, Sustainability, Cities, Governance, Environmental justice, Community resilience, Disaster resilience, Environmental regulation, Community engagement