2018 Recipients

Aaron Grinter

Aaron Grinter

Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia

Aaron Grinter is a PhD candidate in the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities in Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. Aaron’s undergraduate education was in both science and philosophy, and in his honours degree he combined these to research the history and philosophy of science. Consequently, his research interests extend from the philosophy of physics to biology and lie particularly in ecological philosophy and theoretical biology. His PhD thesis is titled ‘Blueprint for a Culture and epistemology of Sustainability’, and utilises his foundation of ecological philosophy to construct a complete philosophy for sustainability in the everyday.

Claudia Munera

Claudia Munera

Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

As a researcher and practitioner Claudia has been involved in projects related with climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, protected areas, sustainable development, local communities, biocultural heritage and ecotourism in Latin America. Her research and professional interests have been around the social and livelihood impacts of environmental conservation and sustainable development initiatives, working in solutions that help to achieve a real and inclusive sustainable development. Currently, she works at the Australian National University in adaptive governance for protected areas in Colombia, identifying adaptation pathways and knowledge management, looking to facilitate a strategic thinking and collective learning to navigate future environmental changes.

​Dwi Amalia Sari

​Dwi Amalia Sari

James Cook University, Cairns, Australia

Dwi Amalia Sari is a PhD candidate at James Cook University, Australia. She is an accountant and worked as a senior auditor for the Indonesia National Audit Office since 2000. Her research is to formulate mechanisms in auditing the sustainability of a governance, of an interconnected multi-sectoral landscape in developing countries. Dwi hopes that her proposed audit mechanism will help the governments in making a better decision regarding their valuable natural resources.

Amrit Imi Dencer-Brown

Amrit Imi Dencer-Brown

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Amrit is a Commonwealth Scholar from the UK studying in New Zealand. She studied tropical mangrove ecology for her Masters in Marine Biology and now researches temperate mangroves as social-ecological systems. Amrit uses a mixed methods framework to investigate this human-environment interaction. She has recently co-authored a book chapter on ecosystem services of mangroves and a review paper on blue carbon in coastal ecosystems and is due to complete her PhD in 2019. Amrit is a long distance runner, recently completing the Auckland half marathon. She also loves hiking and swimming. She hopes to move to Australia next year.

Robert Parker, PhD

Robert Parker, PhD

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Rob Parker is an ecological economist who models the sustainability of seafood production and consumption from an ocean-to-plate perspective. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Rob came to Australia in 2012 to undertake his PhD at the University of Tasmania, where he studied the economic and environmental roles of fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions in Australian and global fisheries. Since 2017 he has been based at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, studying the relative environmental costs of diverse seafood systems as sources of protein and nutritional energy.

Shawna Weaver

Shawna Weaver

College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, USA

Dr. Shawna Weaver is an instructor at the College of St. Scholastica in Northern Minnesota, USA. She is also a field educator for the Ethical Choices Program, a nonprofit organization that educates students about how our food systems impact our health, the environment, and farmed animals. Her PhD is in Sustainability Education from Prescott College in Arizona, USA. Her recent post-doctoral project included running a 500 kilometer ultramarathon through the threatened Boundary Waters Wilderness Area between Canada and USA to collect stories of local residents. She is working on publishing further writing in ecopsychology, and continues running in her spare time.

John Ryan, PhD

John Ryan, PhD

University of New England, New South Wales, Australia

John Charles Ryan is a poet and scholar who holds appointments as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Arts at the University of New England in Australia and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Western Australia. His teaching and research cross between the environmental and digital humanities. He is the author or editor of several research books, including Digital Arts (Bloomsbury, 2014, as co-author), The Language of Plants (University of Minnesota Press, 2017, as co-editor and contributor), Plants in Contemporary Poetry (Routledge, 2017, as author), and Southeast Asian Ecocriticism (Lexington Books, 2017, as editor and contributor).

Sven Borén

Sven Borén

Blekinge Tekniska Högskolan, Karlskrona, Sweden

I am a Sustainability Researcher (PhD student) focusing on sustainable development of the transport sector in the research group SUSTAINTRANS within the department of Strategic Sustainable Development (TISU). The research is guided by the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) including science based sustainability principles. Check out an 2-minute explanation of Sustainability by the Natural Step.

The focus of the research is to find models, methods and tools for transport systems to accelerate the transition towards full sustainability. By 2016 deliver a roadmap towards sustainability for the continued expansion of EV systems within the region that will involve more stakeholders. Henrik Ny, Göran Broman and Louise Ödlund are my supervisors. I earned a licentiate degree during spring 2016 and the PhD examination is planned to be held in May 2018.

I have lead courses about Project Management and Energy systems within the Energy Systems for Sustainable Development programme at BTH, and teach about sustainable energy and transport systems within courses about strategic sustainable development. My website and publications are available here.

In Their Words

It was an amazing experience to be a Graduate Scholar at such a big event. This conference brought an opportunity to grow my professional and research skills and it provided a great altitude of management while chairing sessions and being part of the team."

Jam Shahzaib Khan, 2016 Awardee

While I often find myself working within the realm of environmental sustainability, it was a great experience to hear multiple perspectives from the realms of social, economic, and cultural sustainability."

Christopher Olsen, 2015 Awardee