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David is a science communicator and sustainable development educator, holding a Masters of Science Communication from Imperial College London, with a background in environmental chemistry research at Griffith University. At the Monash Sustainable Development Institute he teaches into the Master of Environment and Sustainability in core studies, innovation and creativity for system change, and urban transformation.

He has worked on a variety of education and communication projects in Australia, Malaysia and the UK, from applied sustainability leadership short courses to large-scale science festivals. He specialises in the creative development, design and delivery of learning activities and environments that address complex and topical issues across science, technology and sustainability disciplines in innovative ways.

At the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University, David researched sediment biogeochemistry, rapid toxicity testing of wastewater, and estuarine chemical processes. David's Masters dissertation analysed online dimensions of debates around climate science, and in his role at the Science Museum, David led a public dialogue event programme exploring climate, environment and other subjects.

David is currently undertaking a PhD part-time with the School of Design in Monash's Art, Design and Architecture faculty, investigating the development of creativity in sustainability learning environments.

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research area keywords

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Estuaries
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Toxicology
  • Science Communication
  • Sustainable Development

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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