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Dr Tom Measham

Principal Research Scientist


Tom Measham is a Principal Research Scientist with extensive experience leading interdisciplinary research teams focused on regional transition. With a background in human geography and social science, Tom has over 20 years’ experience spanning diverse industries and communities and extensive experience in regional Australia. He works closely with leading qualitative and quantitative researchers to deliver innovative, inter-disciplinary research outcomes.

Current Roles

  • Adjunct Associate Professor
    ANU Fenner School For Environment and Society

  • Associate Editor
    Society and Natural Resources: an international journal

  • Associate Editor
    Resources Policy

  • Member, National Committee for Geography
    Australian Academy of Science

  • Conference Co-Chair (with Stewart Lockie, JCU)
    International Symposium on Society and Resources Management, Cairns 2020

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    PhD, Australian National University

  • 1998

    MSc, James Cook University

  • 1994

    BA, University of Sydney

Professional Experiences

  • 2019-2019

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2018-2019

    Group Leader: Adaptive Communities and Industries
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2010-2018

    Team Leader
    CSIRO Land and Water

  • 2008-2010

    Senior Research Scentist
    CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra

  • 2004-2008

    Research Scientist
    CSIR0 Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra

  • 2000-2003

    PhD student
    Australian National University

  • 1998-2000

    Research Projects Officer
    CSIRO Tropical Agriculture, Townsville

  • 1996-1998

    Tutor and Research Project Officer, James Cook University, Townsville
    James Cook University

Achievements and Awards

  • 2016->

    Social Innovation in Mining

  • 2009->

    Innovative Solutions to Climate Change
    Eureka Award

  • 2008->

    Divisional Award for Partnerships
    CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

  • 2000->

    Australian Post-Graduate Award
    Australian Research Council

Other highlights

  • 2019->

    Invited Plenary Presentation: Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference

  • 2018->

    Invited Plenary Presentation: Regional Development Australia National Forum, Canberra

  • 2017->

    Invited Plenary Presentation: Energy Impacts Symposium, Columbus USA

  • 2017->

    Co-Chair Panel discussion - International Symposium on Society and Resource Management in Umea, Sweden

  • 2016->

    Expert reviewer: South African Shale Gas Assessment (Socio-economics)

  • 2015->

    Invited Plenary: Australian Government , Chief Economist Resources and Energy Workshop, Canberra

  • 2015->

    Co Chair: Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Canberra 2015

  • 2014->

    Invited Panellist: National Farmers Federation National Congress, Canberra

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2020-2020

    Deputy Chair, CSIRO L&W Inclusion and Diversity Committee

  • 2019-2020

    Inclusion and Diversity Leader, Sustainability Pathways Program

  • 2010-2011

    Professional Member, National Curriculum Reference Panel for Geography

  • 2012-2016

    Councilor, Institute of Australian Geographers

  • 2012-2018

    Senior Fellow, Earth System Governance Project