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Dr Tira Foran

Interdisciplinary research for sustainable development


I joined CSIRO in 2010 as a human geographer to focus on international research-for-development. My background includes substantive work on water and energy governance, in eight Asian and African developing countries. My group at CSIRO applies capability in water-related analysis and governance to a variety of developing country contexts.

We aspire to improve decision making around water, food, and energy security.

We use transdisciplinary methodology to work intensively with state and non-state actors in developing countries, supporting stakeholder-formulated strategic planning, and inter-organisational collaboration.

Methodology that Tira Foran has developed draws on following tools and techniques:

Current Roles

  • Project Leader (2020-present) (CSIRO component)
    Building Institutions for Sustainable Management of Artesian Groundwater in Myanmar

  • Lead social scientist (2015-present)
    Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (Nepal) Project

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    University of Sydney (Geography)

  • 1999

    University of California at Berkeley (Wildland Resource Science)

  • 1989

    Harvard University (Anthropology Magna cum Laude)

Professional Experiences

  • 2017-2019

    Project Leader, Ayeyarwady Basin Exploratory Scoping Study

  • 2010-2011

    Team Leader
    CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences

  • 2007-2010

    Research Fellow
    Chiang Mai University, Thailand

  • 2006-2007

    Research Fellow & Senior Program Officer
    IUCN – The World Conservation Union

  • 2003-2004

    Technical Advisor
    IUCN – The World Conservation Union

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2010-present

    Reviewer for 16 academic journals: Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Ecology and Society, Ecological Economics, Energy Policy, Energy and Sustainable Development, Energy Efficiency, Global Environmental Change, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Landscape and Urban Planning, Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling,Third World Quarterly, Water, Water Alternatives, Water History, Water Resources & Rural Development, WIRES Water

  • 2015-present

    Adjunct Research Fellow, Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University