Dr Jennifer Yarnold

Research Fellow

Centre for Policy Futures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 344 33122


Jennifer's research themes include the circular economy, digital and biotechnologies and food security.

In addition to traditional research, Jennifer leads two programs within the Centre for Policy Futures – the Policy Impact Program (PIP) and the Policy Engagement Program (PEP). The PIP is a collaboration between UQ and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which curates a selection of the best ideas from Churchill Fellows that have the potential to guide best-practice policy reform in Australia. Its flagship piece is the Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda publication. Through the PEP, experts on a policy-priority topics are engaged in roundtable discussions to guide the development of the Centre’s Policy Futures Think Piece series - designed to unpack complex topics for policy makers.

Jennifer is contributing to the Chamber of Commerce & Industry's Circular Economy for Business Program and developing projects related to circular business models and supply chains.

Jennifer is a biologist by training with expertise in photosynthesis, mathematical modelling, systems modelling and phycology. Other interests include sustainability, climate change, carbon sequestration, renewable energy, bioeconomy, microalgae biotechnologies and UN Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Yarnold, Jennifer, Maher, Ray, Hussey, Karen and Dovers, Stephen (2022). Uncertainty: risk, technology and the future. Routledge handbook of global environmental politics. (pp. 253-268) edited by Paul G. Harris. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003008873-23

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision