Mr Paul Box

Social Architect

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Paul leads a CSIRO Social Architecture research team that is research and designing social, institutional and economic dimensions of ‘Information Infrastructure’ . Paul has worked for more than 25 years in geospatial information technology field. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2009 worked for 15 years throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa for United Nations, government, and not for profit organizations designing, implementing and managing geospatial capability across a wide diversity of application areas in sustainable development and humanitarian response.

For the past 10 years, Paul has been actively involved in research, design and implementation of large scale cross-enterprise Information Infrastructure. This work has focused primarily on the design and delivery of integrated suites of geospatial information products and improving the efficiency of information supply chains.

More recently, Paul has focused attention on addressing the social rather than technical challenges of building Information Infrastructure. Coherent integrated approaches to addressing the social, institutional and economic challenges of infrastructure development are being elaborated through ‘social architecture’. This approach supplements traditional technical architecture led approaches and are being used to support the design and implementation of information infrastructure in multiple domains.

Current Roles

  • Social Architecture Science Lead
    Leading the development and application of a multi-discplinary approach to design of the human dimensions of infromation infrastructure.

  • Project Lead
    Co-designing a national environment assessment data system (DAWE)

  • Project lead
    National Disaster Risk Information and Services Capability (NDRISC) pilot project (DHA)

  • Project team member
    Naction Action Plan for implmentation of the national Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (DHA)

  • Project lead
    Location Index (LocI) (ABS)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    Master of Applied Science (Geomatics) By Research
    University of Melbourne

  • 1988

    Bachelor of Science (Hons) Land Management
    Reading University

Professional Experiences

  • 1988-2014

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Achievements and Awards

  • 2017-2017

    CSIRO Medal for Impact from Science

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2016-2019

    Member, UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Working Group on National Institutional Arrangements

  • 2016-2018

    Member, CRC for Spatial Information Program 3 Board

  • 2016-2018

    Member, CSIRO Data Management Capability Enhancement Program Board

  • 2013-2015

    Member, NSW Government Enabling Information Sharing Working Group

  • 2012-2012

    Australian Delegate, Second Session of the UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Committee of Experts