The Natural Edge Project The Natural Advantage of Nations Whole System Design Factor 5 Cents and Sustainability Higher Education and Sustainable Development


"The Natural Advantage of Nations... shows that what many people saw as impossible just 15 years ago is now already happening."
William McDonough, Co-Author 'Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things', Partner, William McDonough & Partners





Mr Karlson 'Charlie' Hargroves, Adelaide, Australia

Charlie co-founded TNEP in 2002. Working with the TNEP team and leaders in the field, Charlie has contributed to development of a number of internationally renowned books on sustainable development. Charlie is currently completing a PhD on Carbon Structural Adjustment with Professor Peter Newman at Curtin University.

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Dr Cheryl Desha, Brisbane, Australia

Cheryl joined the TNEP team in 2002 during the writing of the first text book 'The Natural Advantage of Nations'. She has worked for private industry (ARUP), Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology over the last decade, focusing on environmental engineering, sustainable solutions and capacity building. Cheryl finished her PhD on rapid curriculum renewal in 2010 at Griffith University and has just co-authored a publication with Charlie on the topic ('Higher Education and Sustainable Development').

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Ms Angie Reeve, Brisbane, Australia

Angie joined the TNEP team in 2008 while completing her degree in Environmental Engineering at Griffith University. Since then, she has worked on a number of TNEP's projects, and more recently been focused on her PhD at QUT, which investigates policy pathways to the mainstream adoption of biophilic urbanism in Australian cities.

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Ms Kimberley Wilson, Brisbane, Australia

Kim joined the TNEP team in 2012 when she accepted a QUT Science and Engineering Faculty Scholarship to undertake her PhD. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on what can be learned from a design driven approach to sustainable development to foster transformational improvements to low carbon operations in the built environment. Kim has a background in industrial design, and her interests range from whole systems, governance, design, and social innovation to architecture, travel, food and film.

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Ms Michelle Walker, One Arm Point, Australia

Michelle joined the TNEP team in 2011 to assist in developing a water conservation, behaviour-change program in Townsville. Since 2005, Michelle has worked for the WA and NT state government water departments, NT Power and Water Corporation, and the University of Adelaide, focusing on water conservation, water planning and capacity building programs. In early 2013 Michelle enrolled in PhD research through the University of Western Australia, to investigate the importance of Indigenous knowledge in protecting wetland ecosystems. She is based at an Indigenous community in the Kimberley, working remotely and enjoying the saltwater life.

Ms Omniya Baghdadi, Melbourne, Australia

Omniya joined the TNEP team in 2011 when she accepted a QUT Science and Engineering Faculty Scholarship to undertake her PhD. Her interdisciplinary topic focuses on exploring the economics of urban ecology to develop a business case to mainstream biophilic urbanism (nature-loving cities) in Australia. Prior to this, Omniya completed a Masters in Environment, specialising in Economics and Policy from Griffith University.

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Mr David Sparks, Brisbane, Australia

David joined the TNEP team in 2009 on a volunteer basis while completing his undergraduate degree, and since then has contributed to a variety of projects across TNEP's research portfolio. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) with First Class Honours in 2011, and was also awarded the University Medal. David is currently undertaking a PhD on rapidly transforming the building sector to emit less carbon, focussing particularly on low carbon procurement.

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Ms Fiona McKeague, Brisbane, Australia

Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University in 2009 after receiving the Vice Chancellor’s award for academic performance three years in a row. After gaining experience on a variety of historical, anthropological and archaeological projects she developed an interest in teaching and learning, which lead her to join TNEP in the beginning of 2012.

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Dr Peter Stasinopoulos, Melbourne, Australia

Peter joined the TNEP team in 2004 while completing his Master, which led to the text book 'Whole System Design', at the University of South Australia. He finished his PhD on 'a system dynamics approach to life cycle assessment' in 2013 at The Australian National University. Peter has worked on a variety of TNEP's education and industry Consultation projects.

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Ms Stacey Hargroves, Adelaide, Australia

Stacey graduated in Applied Science from the University of Canberra in 2002, completed a certificate in editing techniques from TafeSA in 2005, achieved a post graduate certificate in editing and publishing from the University of Southern Queensland in 2006, and has recently completed a Masters in Communications from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2010, achieving 6.95/7 and receiving a Dean’s commendation. Stacey is an integral member of the TNEP team, and copy edits and proof reads all if its major works and publications.

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