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Dr Rebecca Pirzl

Group Leader

https://people.csiro.au/P/R/Rebecca-Pirzl

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Biography

Dr Rebecca Pirzl holds a cross-cutting role in CSIRO's Land and Water Business Unit where she leads the Decisions and Strategic Planning Research Group. The Group develops collaborative interdisciplinary opportunities for future-focused decision making in the contexts of climate change and disaster resilience, regional infrastructure and community transitions, Indigenous science partnerships, and foresighting and decisions for nature and people. Delivering CSIRO science capability into national and global contexts, the Group works with more than 25 partners and customers and many more collaborators to advance the integration of disciplinary approaches and create innovative approaches to complex sustainability challenges.

Rebecca has recently led several key initiatives including the Indigenous Futures initiative, leading to CSIRO's new Indigenous Science and Engagement Program, and the Predictable Futures initiative which conceptualised a national capability to enhance cooperation across research, policy and operational agencies for foresighting for sustainability.

With experience in research, business and government, Rebecca is an experienced company director, not-for-profit board member and chair of public sector committees. Before joining CSIRO Rebecca ran a niche company delivering research for environmental decisions, green technology R&D and commercialisation, and open data and knowledge translation initiatives for large public and private sector clients. She previously worked in several roles for the Australian Government environment portfolio. Her research outputs have been applied extensively in policy, management and industry decisions.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-

    Science Excellence Award
    CSIRO Land and Water Business Unit

  • 2017-

    CSIRO Medal for Impact Science
    CSIRO

  • 2017-

    Global Outlook Award
    CSIRO, DNFC Sector

  • 2017-

    Indigenous Engagement Award
    CSIRO, DNFC Sector

Current Roles

  • Research Group Leader
    Decisions and Strategic Planning

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Ecology
    Deakin University

  • 1994

    Bachelor of Science (BSc)
    University of Tasmania