Russ Wise is a sustainability economist passionate about working with people to help understand the challenges caused by rapid technological and environmental change and economic development and to develop approaches that enable learning and decision making under uncertainty. Core areas of Russ’s research include:
- Further developing economic theory and analytical approaches to help structure adaptation problems and inform the evaluation of trade-offs in resource allocations under uncertainty.
- Exploring how concepts such as adaptation pathways can be used to build shared understanding of complex problems and generate responses over time; and
- Developing ways to support individuals and agencies learn and adapt through 'smart failures' that build confidence and capacity to make decisions under risk and uncertainty.
Russ’s has experience in doing this in countries such as Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and South Africa.
Before joining the CSIRO in August 2010, Russ spent six months in the Economics and Policy Research Branch at the Victorian Department of Primary Industries where he assisted in the development of a stochastic Linear Programming model to investigate the economic implications of the Murray Darling Basin Plan on the northern Victorian Irrigation region. Prior to this, between 2006 and 2010, Russ led a team of environmental economists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. During that time Russ gained experience in the development and application of ecological-economic models in areas as diverse as invasive species control, climate-change adaptation, payments for watershed-protection services, biofuel strategy development and assessment, natural capital restoration projects, and carbon-accounting in land-use systems.
Outside of work Russ spend most of his time with his wife and two young kids, Josie and Alistair. This time is spent listening to music, reading, going for walks, playing backyard sports, and gardening. When time is found for exercise Russ enjoys cycling, swimming, squash, and tennis. And on the increasingly small chance of finding time for relaxation, this is spent reading (personality-rich and context-sensitive biographies and fictional novels), or watching sports such as cricket, rugby and tennis.
PhD - Agricultural and Resource Economics. Thesis: Agroforests as carbon sinks: a bio-economic analysis of Indonesian systems
University of New England, Australia
Graduate Diploma in Natural Resource Economics
University of New England, Australia
BSc Honours - Environmental and Geographical Science
University of Cape Town, South Africa
BSc - Natural Sciences (Botany, Environmental Science)
University of Cape Town
Senior Research Scientist
Jan 2010-Aug 2010
Senior Quantitative Economist
Victorian Department of Primary Industries
Jan 2006-Jan 2010
Senior Environmental and Resource Economist
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Apr 2001-Dec 2005
Lecturer and Research Associate
University of New England (UNE)
Achievements and Awards
Award for Exemplary contributions in science and leadership
L&W Business Unit, CSIRO
Jan 2010-Jul 2010
Performance and Productivity Award
Victoria DPI, Australia
CSIR, South Africa
Member of the NCCARF Technical Reference Committee
Invited expert to the Dep't of Industry and Science workshop to develop Australia's Science and Research Priorities
Chair of the Panel Session on Climate Change and Ecosystem Services at the BIOECON Conference, Cambridge
Invited speaker and Panel member at the South Australian Climate Change Adaptation Showcase
Member of the steering committe for the South Australian Government “Science to Solutions” programme
Invited speaker and Panel member at the NCCARF Climate Adaptation Conference
Expert contributor to South Africa’s National Research Plan for South Africa’s medium-term programme in the “Economics of Global Change”.
Member of the Research Advisory Panel of the CSIR’s Natural Resource and Environment Unit