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Dr Nicky Grigg

Senior Research Scientist


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Nicky Grigg works in interdisciplinary teams on a diverse range of projects concerned with global change and social-ecological systems.

Currently she leads the Navigating Sustainability Transitions project with the Valuing Sustainability Future Science Platform [] (

She is also part of the CSIRO team reviewing regional drought resilience plans funded by the Future Drought Fund

Recently completed projects include:
* Climate Adaptation in the Coorong
* Pacific Knowledge Brokering for Climate Adaptation [] (

She brings experience in mathematical modelling and analysis of social-ecological systems. Her PhD research involved measuring and modelling impacts of burrowing animals on aquatic sediment biogeochemistry. In her postdoctoral fellowship she worked on the implications of nonlinear dynamics on mathematical modelling of ecological systems. In her subsequent work at CSIRO she has worked on a diverse range of projects, from local scale (e.g. the biogeochemical response of the Coorong to drought) to national scale (e.g. what builds social-ecological resilience in Australia?).

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003

    PhD, Resource Management and Environmental Science
    Australian National University

  • 1995

    Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental, 1st class honours)
    University of Western Australia

  • 1995

    Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)
    University of Western Austrlia

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-present

    Senior Research Scientist (part-time, 80% until Aug 2017)
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2007-2012

    Research Scientist (part-time, 80%)
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2003-2007

    Postdoctoral fellow (part-time, 80%)
    CSIRO Land and Water

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2013-Present

    Editorial board member, Sustainability Science

  • 2017-Present

    Advisory group member, Australia 21 Mindful Futures Network

  • 2017-2019

    Chair, CSIRO Land & Water Science Council

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