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Dr Michael Askew is the Program Manager of the Australian Transitions Academy (ATA) at MSDI, playing an integral role in the development of Australia's first transition training centre. As a collaboration with the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) - one of the world’s leading sustainability transitions research and training institutes - the ATA will deliver context-specific and tailor-made executive training, professional development, research and consulting services to regional and urban Australia and the Asia Pacific.

Michael is a research analyst, educator and socio-environmental planner with expertise in the coordination and delivery of regional diversification projects, sustainability strategies, social and environmental assessments, and education programs. He has a diverse background, working in Australia and abroad across industry, consulting, government and university sectors, with a refined skillset in bridging research and consulting. Michael's key areas of expertise include systems analysis, regional development and social impact assessment, and his emerging research programme includes energy transitions, bio-circular economies, and sustainable food systems. 

Michael has worked with the full spectrum of public and private organisations across Australia – including energy and resource sector corporates, environmental service companies, professional service organisations, State and Federal Government agencies, and local councils – to deliver strategic advice on developing planning practices that contribute to more resilient communities.

He has 20 years of teaching and training experience in universities and corporate Australia in diverse education programs, including organisational change for sustainability, environmental management and planning, sustainable urban regions, organisational structures and design, and social science research methods.

Michael has a genuine passion for regional Australia and its future socio-economic, environmental and community health. He looks forward to educating and working with a diverse range of stakeholders to address critical issues affecting regional Australia, including climate change and related impacts, land use conflict, vulnerable communities, economic diversification and resilience, environmental degradation, social impacts and mitigation, and transition to a sustainable future.

Research area keywords

  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Sustainable Development
  • Regional Development
  • Integrated Land Use
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