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Dr Paul Hardisty


  • Bio/Profile
  • Paul Hardisty is currently the CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and 
    Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies in Townsville.
    Other academic
    Imperial College, London,  Visiting Professor in Environmental Engineering (1999- ); University of Western Australia, Adjunct Professor in Business (2009- ).
    Other positions
    CEO, Australian Institute of Marine Science (July 2017 - Present)
    CSIRO Director, Land and Water Flagship, (July 2014 - March 2017)
    CSIRO Flagship Director, Climate Adaptation Flagship, CSIRO (May 2013 - June 2014)
    WorleyParsons Global Director, Corporate Responsibility and Global Director Sustainability and Economics, (July 2006 - March 2013)
    Komex Environmental Managing Director International, (January 1996 - March 2006)
    Komex Environmental Co-Founder and Principal Engineer, (1988 - 2006): an international environmental consultancy, built from start-up to a $50 million pa turnover company with a thousand employees and sold to the engineering services company Worley Parsons in 2006. 
    Dr Hardisty has worked extensively in marine and coastal environments, and specialises in decision-making science and economics. He has substantial experience of both the public and private sector.

    Professional positions/ memberships

    Visiting Professor, Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, UK (January 1999 - Present)
    Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Engineers (Engineers Australia)
    Registered Professional Engineer (Alberta, Canada)
    Member, Australian Institute of Company Director’s (AICD)

    Committee membership

    Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) - Board Member
    Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) - Board Member
    Great Barrier Reef Advisory Committee - Member
    Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR) Advisory Committee – Member
    Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Pty Ltd (RRRC) – Non-Executive Director
    Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) – Executive Committee (Chairman)
    Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) – Executive Committee (Chairman)
    National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) – Executive Member
    He is the author of five novels, including The Abrupt Physics of Dying which was shortlisted for the CWA Creasy Dagger. Turbulent Wake was named by several UK book sites as 2019 Book of the Year. His sixth novel, 7, is due out in 2021.
    Over 200 publications; incl. Hardisty PE (2010) Environmental and Economic Sustainability. CRC Press; Hardisty PE, Ozdemiroglu E (2005) The Economics of Groundwater Remediation and Protection. CRC Press.
    1991: PhD, Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London 
    1987: MSc, Engineering Hydrology, Imperial College London
    1985: BASc, Geological Engineering, University of British Columbia