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Dr Ro Hill

/Short for Rosemary/

Senior Principal Research Scientist

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PO BOX 12139


Dr Ro Hill is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Land and Water, and an Adjunct Professor in James Cook University's Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, based in Cairns. She leads research on environmental governance and multiple knowledge systems, and their impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services, and climate change with a special focus on Indigenous knowledge. She has over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and more than 100 peer reviewed reports and conference papers, on these topics. Through applying this science and leading others, she works with communities at multiple scales to foster integration of diverse knowledge systems in sustainability. Her science helps others understand social-ecological dimensions of sustainability, particularly in remote and regional areas.

Other Interests

• Strategic ecosystem governance and planning, specialising in biodiversity, climate adaptation, Indigenous and protected areas.
• Indigenous peoples and local communities and their farming systems, land management practices, and contributions to conservation globally
• Multiple and collaborative knowledge systems and knowledge brokering.
• Social-ecological research methods, including collaborative research with Indigenous peoples
• Participatory approaches, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research methods and sustainability science.
• Biocultural diversity assessment and conservation approaches.
• Participatory scenario planning, modelling, mapping and ecosystem service assessment.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Knowledge Brokering for Indigenous Land Management. NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub. (2016-2020).

  • Project Leader
    Traditional Owner-led Integrated Monitoring and Reporting using Strong Peoples - Strong Country

Academic Qualifications

  • 1999

    Ph D
    James Cook University

  • 1994

    Masters of Natural Resources
    University of New England

  • 1985

    Diploma of Education
    University of New England

  • 1975

    Bachelor Science (1st Class Honours)
    University of Queensland

Achievements and Awards

  • Mar-2019

    Workshop Facilitator, IPBES Oceania and Pacific Science-Policy Dialogue, Canberra, 4-5 April. Fully funded by partner.
    Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Tokyo

  • June-2019

    Invited Keynote Speaker Australian Meteorological and Atmospheric Society Annual Conference. Fully funded by partner.
    Australian Meteorological and Atmospheric Society Annual Conference

  • Aug-2017

    Theme Plenary Address at the Resilience Conference 2017, Stockholm, Sweden Fully funded by partner.
    Stockholm Resilience Centre

  • Sept -2016

    Workshop Leader, Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Minzu University, Beijing, China. Fully funded by partner.
    Minzu University, China

  • Aug-2016

    Invited Global Workshop Participant/Facilitator, Participatory Scenarios for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan. Fully funded by partner.
    United Nations University, Tokyo

  • July-2016

    Highly Cited Research Award

  • June-2016

    Excellence in Publications for Articles in Nature and Science in the same week
    CSIRO Recognition Award

  • Dec-2009

    Award of Excellence for Contributions to the Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce
    Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia

  • July-2005

    Excellence in Innovation for Yalanji Warranga Kaban Yalanji People of the Rainforest Fire Management Book
    Cooperative Research Centres Association

Other highlights

  • 2018-Now

    Member, Wakefield Futures Group (Interdisciplinary scientific network)

  • 2014-Now

    Member, Collaborative Governance Working Group, Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) (Interdisciplinary scientific network)

  • 2015-2017

    Coordinating Lead Author, IPBES global assessment Pollinators and Pollination in Food Production

  • 2004-2021

    Invited Member, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. (Interdisciplinary science-policy network)

  • 2004-2021

    Invited Member, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) (Interdisciplinary science-policy network)

  • 2011-2015

    Leader, Managing for Resilient Rainforests Research Program, Terrestrial Ecosystems Hub, National Environment Research Program,

  • 2008-2009

    Member, Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce. Ministerial Appointment.

  • 2011-2014

    Board Member, Wet Tropics Management Authority (appointed by Minister for Environment and Resources under the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 Queensland)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-2024

    Editor, Sustainability Science

  • 2018-2024

    Editor, Ecosystems and People