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Barney Foran

Barney Foran is an Honorary Fellow at Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. His research interests centre on making the transition to economies and lifestyles that are less impacting on land, water, biodiversity and atmospheric resources. His current research focuses on linking Australia’s need for energy security and emissions reductions while improving economic resilience and equitable lifestyles. He has degrees in agriculture from the University of Queensland and ecology from the University of Natal.

Jacob Fry

Jacob Fry is a Research Associate in the ISA team at the University of Sydney with Prof. Manfred Lenzen. His research interests include tracing waste and material flows for the circular economy; and investigating the links between resource efficiency and employment. During his PhD, Jacob calculated waste footprints for the states and territories of Australia. He constructed a time-series of physical input-output tables for Australia. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Physics) and a Masters of Engineering (Sustainable Energy). Jacob also works in the built environment sector, designing algorithms to discover energy efficiency opportunities in buildings. He has also worked as a research assistant at the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Arne Geschke

Arne is a Scholarly Teaching Fellow and Researcher in the Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) group. Arne joined ISA in 2008 and was part of the team that developed the Eora input-output database. Since 2012 Arne’s engagement within ISA as well as the School of Physics has broadened. Arne has developed an wide-ranging teaching portfolio and teaches a number of courses within the Master of Sustainability program. Since 2012 Arne has filled a key role in the Australian Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (AusIELab) research project, as well closely-related projects such as Project Reunion. Arne’s main research focus remains on input-output analysis, and he has applied input-output techniques to a large variety of research questions including biodiversity threat assessment, climate modelling, environmental-economic impact assessment, as well as social impacts of global trade.

Prof Manfred Lenzen

Manfred Lenzen is Professor of Sustainability Research at Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. Manfred has a PhD in Nuclear Physics and 15 years of experience in renewable energy technologies. He has undertaken extensive experimental research on passive solar architecture. He is an international leader in economic Input-Output Analysis and Life-Cycle Assessment, is Associate Editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Economic Systems Research. He has contributed major methodological advances as well as numerous applications, in particular on embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr Arunima Malik

Arunima Malik is an Associate Lecturer (Teaching & Research) at ISA, The University of Sydney. She coordinates and teaches a number of postgraduate units for the Masters of Sustainability program. Arunima's research interests include full supply-chain sustainability analysis of introducing new industries in an economy, triple bottom line and footprint assessments, and hybrid life cycle assessments. During her PhD, Arunima analysed the economic, social and environmental impacts of potential biofuel industries in Australia. Additionally, she has quantified the drivers of a change in global energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and nitrogen emissions using input-output based structural decomposition analysis (SDA). Prior to joining ISA, Arunima has held a range of administrative, research and teaching positions.

Dr Joy Murray

Joy Murray is Senior Research Fellow at Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney. She joined the group in 2003 as manager of a two-year action research project working with representatives from business and industry, government and non-government organisations to develop a user-friendly software tool driven by the ISA TBL methodology. Joy is also working with residents of government housing estates in Eastern Sydney on a project to build leadership capacity. In a previous life she was the New South Wales manager of the state government’s IT training strategy for teachers. Her PhD from Wollongong University centered on teacher learning.

Prof Keisuke Nansai

Keisuke Nansai is Visiting Professor of Sustainability Research at ISA. He is visiting from the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, where he is a senior researcher. Since completing a PhD in Energy Science, he has been working on environmental emission accounting, life cycle assessment, material flow analysis and input-output analysis. His current research interests are the quantitative analysis and policy assessment of global resource supply chains, using input-output models and network theory. Keisuke is also a member of the nominating committee of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Dr Michael du Plessis

Michael du Plessis is an Honorary Associate with ISA. His primary interest is the practical application of ISA research to allow organisations measure and reduce carbon and environmental impacts. Since 2007, he has worked with many organisations using ISA's TBL methodology and tools to calculate carbon and environmental footprints. He has worked closely with the Federal Department of Environment and Energy to get ISA's hybrid LCA methodology approved under the National Carbon Neutral Standard (NCOS). Michael has held senior research and technical management positions in ICI, Orica and Sydney Water, focusing on the commercialisation of research and technology. He has a PhD in chemistry from Cape Town University, South Africa.

Dr Fabian Sack

Fabian Sack is an Honorary Associate with ISA. He has led a number of Australian water industry sponsored projects with ISA, including the first corporate ecological footprint calculation using an input-output approach, as well as Australian Research Council funded research into broadening and deepening the footprint methodology. Fabian has held senior private and public sector roles working on sustainability and stakeholder engagement in the Australian water, infrastructure and energy sectors. He has a PhD from Wollongong University on corporate environmental ethics and has contributed to a number of journal articles on water industry footprinting and the allocation of responsibility using input-output analysis.

Dr Tommy Wiedmann

Dr Thomas (Tommy) Wiedmann is an Associate Professor and leader of the Sustainability Assessment Program in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW. He has long-standing expertise in integrated sustainability assessment and environmental footprint analysis. His main research question is how to achieve human wellbeing without increasing environmental impacts. Tommy develops and applies environmental input-output analysis as part of a holistic concept to life cycle assessment, industrial ecology and sustainable consumption and production research.

Tommy is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and has collaborated with ISA on many projects and publications. In 2008 he led a joint research project that produced the first time series of the UK's national carbon footprint, based on ISA's MRIO methodology. Tommy is also Director and Head of Research at the Centre for Sustainability Accounting (CenSA) in York, UK.