Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel

Senior Lecturer in Strategy

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Cle-Anne is a specialist in sustainable development and higher education. She is a researcher and educator within the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Discipline of UQ Business School, and the school's Director for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME). Cle-Anne is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), an award-winning educator and a Director of the North American Case Research Association (NACRA). She is also a member of the IMPACT2030 Council of Australia.

Cle-Anne researches in the areas of post-growth futures, renewable energy enterprise and business models for sustainability. She has worked on projects and assignments funded by organisations such as Australian Aid (AusAID), the European Union (EU) and New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). She designed and delivered an Energy Baseline Study for the city of Dunedin in New Zealand and provided policy advice on the city's Energy Plan and the lead-up to its accession to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. She designed and delivered research programmes for the Japanese Ministry for Environment, comparing German and Japanese renewable energy policies, and understanding the electricity import and export balance situation and grid expansion policies of German transmission system operators. She also worked on the review of Australian Aid's Lighting Vanuatu programme, which involved an evaluation of the business models used to supply solar lighting to households in the remote islands of Vanuatu. Cle-Anne has a strong research consulting and evaluation track record, previously working on EU projects such as ZECOS (Zero CO2e Emission Certification System - http://www.zecos.eu/) and SEMS (Sustainable Energy Management Systems - http://www.sems-project.eu/).

Research Interests

  • Renewable Energy Strategy and Entrepreneurship
    Business models of renewable energy enterprises and incumbent utilities, especially in context of difficult institutional environments. Institutional support and incentives for low-carbon energy transition, including tax and policy incentives and aid or development incentives.
  • Sustainable Development and Post-Growth Futures
    Business and societal challenges of the post-growth era
  • Business Models for Sustainability
    Types and characteristics of sustainability business models, especially in developing and emerging economies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago


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Book Chapter

  • Gabriel, Cle-Anne (2020). Reverse Innovation for Affordable and Clean Energy. Affordable and Clean Energy. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. (pp. 1-9) edited by Leal Filho, W., Brandli, L., Özuyar, P. and Wall, T.. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71057-0_29-2

  • Bortsie-Aryee, Nana and Gabriel, Cle-Anne (2019). Ecological footprint: pragmatic approach to understanding and building sustainable cities. Sustainable cities and communities. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. (pp. 1-10) edited by Walter Leal Filho, Anabela Narisa Azul, Luciano Brandli, Pinar Gokcin Özuyar and Tony Wall. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71061-7_37-1

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Possible Research Projects

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