Mr Ray Maher

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Policy Futures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
r.maher@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 33141

Overview

As Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland I lead research, consulting and capacity-building projects with government and industry on sustainable development strategy.

• My work focuses on sustainable development strategy, urban development and design, Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable building design, decision-support tools, and addressing ‘wicked’ problems using systems and design thinking.

• My research is engagement-focused, interdisciplinary, applied, which builds the capacity of stakeholders.

In 2018-2019, I lead an interdisciplinary team to develop the Energy, Mining and Manufacturing Sector Adaptation Plan for the Queensland Government – part of the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy (Q‐CAS).

In late 2019 I began coordinating a research project on foresight for sustainable development with the Secretariat of Pacific Communities (SPC) – the principle science and innovation organisation in the Pacific. Drawing from interdisciplinary experts, the project will inform the development of SPC’s Strategic Plan and build capacity.

I am leading a Circular Economy project with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland’s ecoBiz business development program.

In collaboration with state and local governments I am developing a project on 'Sustainable Regional Communities' which will create a decision support toolkit to help local governments learn from and apply world best practice sustainable development.

I have presented my research at leading international forums including Resilience 2017, the International Conference on Sustainability Science, and the SDG Ideas and innovations in Stockholm.

I am also an author of the National Rail Station Design Guidelines, endorsed by all Australian state rail authorities.

My PhD thesis developed a decision-support tool – MetaMAP – which helps policy practitioners, researchers, educators and tertiary students to gain insight into sustainability challenges and designing well-integrated solutions.

In 2013 I co-founded Project Habitation – an award winning sustainable design and consultancy practice with over 30 projects across subtropical coastal Australia.

As course coordinator and invited guest lecturer, I have taught sustainable development to postgraduate and undergraduate students.

My publications in academic, peer-reviewed journals develop an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development strategy.

Research Impacts

I have lead research projects in collaboration with government, industry and academia which have helped policy makers and practitioners achieve impactful outcomes for sustainability at a national scale.

Qualifications

  • Master of Architecture, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Design Studies, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Publications

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Hussey, Karen, Yarnold, Jennifer, McEwan, Christopher, Maher, Ray, Henman, Paul, Radke, Amelia, Curtis, Caitlin, Fidelman, Pedro, Vickers, Claudia and Brolan, Claire (2019) Policy futures: regulating the new economy Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland

  • Maher, Ray (2015, June 11). An architectural perspective of sustainability. The natural artisan, p.18-19.

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