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About Professor Caroline A Sullivan

Dr Caroline A Sullivan BA(London), PGCertEd(Exeter), MSc(Keele), PhD(Keele)

Associate Professor Caroline Sullivan is an ecological and environmental economist specialising in water management and policy, climate adaptation and valuation of ecosystem services. Prior to joining the academic staff at SCU, Dr Sullivan worked as a Distinguised Research Fellow at the Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment, where she was based for 2 years, after working for eight years as the Head of Water Policy and Management at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK. Originally qualified in Economics and Psychology, she went on to study Economic Development Planning at the masters level, before completing her PhD in Ecological and Environmental Economics, on the Valuation of non timber forest products. She has worked in developing countries for over 25 years, both in research and teaching, and has been engaged in the fields of water research, economic development, poverty and the MDGs, and environmental management for sustainable development. She has lived for over 15 years in various countries in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia, and has carried out project work in over 40 different developing countries. Dr Sullivan currently teaches Environmental and Ecological Economics to undergraduate and post graduate students in SCU's School of Environment, Science and Engineering. She also teaches Natural Resource Policy, and leads a new postgraduate unit on Environment and Development. She has been external examiner on the Sustainable Development and Ecological Economics masters level courses at Leeds University department of Earth and the Environment (UK), and on water resources at the University of Warwick, UK. Dr Sullivan is also currently Director of Research for the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at SCU, and is also a fellow of the ANU Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy. She is a member of the Science Council for the Washington based Global Adaptation Institute, and for 5 years has been a member of the scientific committee of the international Her main current research interests are in improving water management for both humans and ecosystems. In addition to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), on which she has worked extensively for several years, she has done considerable work on the development of integrated indices, most notably the Water Poverty Index and the Climate Vulnerability Index. She has also worked for many years on wetlands, ecosystem values and services, tourism and forestry, non timber forest products, water economics, transboundary water management, and adaptation to climate change. The Climate Vulnerability Index which she developed in 2005 and continues to work on, has been identified by UNESCO as a key water indicator, and has been included in the UN World Water Development Report (2006 , 2009 and 2012). In addition to her academic work, Dr Sullivan has also carried out consultancies for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, Ausaid, World Vision Australia, the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation. and the International Fund for Agriculture and Development. She has been technical advisor on the development of water indices to a wide range of other organisations


2015 Present Professor, Southern Cross University School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Present Associate Professor, Southern Cross University School of Environment, Science and Engineering

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Lismore NSW
Australia 2480
Phone: (+61 2) 6620 3632
Fax: (+61 2) 6621 2669


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