GCI Food Systems Program Manager, Dr Grace Muriuki
GCI Food Systems Program Manager, Dr Grace Muriuki

Dr Grace Muriuki brings more than 20 years’ research and development experience from working in both the public and private sectors in Australia and in Africa.

Before joining GCI, Grace worked with CSIRO (Land and Water, and Energy Flagships), where among other projects, she was engaged in sustainability, energy and climate change research.

Prior to that, Grace worked for the Queensland Government's Department of Natural Resources and Mines undertaking water planning, and managing a large ecosystem mapping project for ground-water-dependent ecosystems (GDEs). She has also held various part-time academic and consulting roles in the UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), and the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation at The University of Queensland.

Before coming to Australia, Grace worked in Kenya’s premier agricultural research institute (KARI), and the then Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETRI), where among others, she led and participated in agricultural research in the natural resource management, pioneered the establishment of a GIS lab, and undertook national research on livestock disease control and land use change. Grace has also worked with non-government organisations and international funding bodies in Africa addressing rural livelihoods in mixed crop-livestock systems.

Grace is motivated by a desire to be part of change through research. She has extensive experience in society and resources interactions, spatial science and analytics.  Her current interests are the application of trans-disciplinary approaches in food systems, human geography, and mapping.

Key Credentials:

PhD (Applied spatial science in environment and demography), University of Queensland.

MSc (Range Management), University of Nairobi, Kenya.

BSc Agriculture (Major in Range Management), University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Higher Diploma (Human Resource Management), Institute of Personnel Management, Kenya

A reviewer for four peer-reviewed journals, and a member of several professional bodies.

A mentoring volunteer for culturally and Linguistically Diverse Youth (CALD) with MYES Inc.


Grace Muriuki (PhD)
Program Manager – Food Systems
Global Change Institute
Level 3, Building 20, Staff House Road
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld 4072 Australia
Ph: (+61 7) 3443 3146
E: g.muriuki@uq.edu.au


Muriuki, G., Dowd, A-M., Ashworth, P. 2015: Social choice in sustainability – a segmentation study of Greater Brisbane, Australia. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 59 (3), 414 – 435. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2015.1014958

Glanville, K., Ryan, T., Tomlinson, M., Muriuki, G., Ronan, M. and Pollett, A., 2016. A Method for Catchment Scale Mapping of Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems to Support Natural Resource Management (Queensland, Australia). Environmental Management, 57 (2). 432-449

Peta Ashworth, Grace Muriuki, Talia Jeanneret (2014). Understanding Australia attitudes to low carbon energy technologies. 12th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, GHGT – 12. Energy Procedia 63, 6991 – 6998.

Romanach, L., Carr-Cornish, S., Muriuki, G., 2015. Societal acceptance of an emerging energy technology: How is geothermal energy portrayed in Australian media? Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 42, 1143-1150.

Nelson, R., Contreras, Z., and Muriuki, G, 2013. Climate change adaptation & mitigation in agriculture – complementary or conflicting? A synthesis report of insights from R&D program managers in Australia and Kenya. Technical Report Number 134455, CSIRO Australia. 78 pp.

Muriuki, G., Seabrook, L., Jacobson, C., McAlpine, C., Price, B., Baxter, G. 2011. Land-cover change under unplanned human settlements. A study of the Chyulu Hills squatters, Kenya. Landscape and Urban Planning 99 154–165.

Muriuki, G.W., McAlpine, C., Seabrook, L.M., Baxter, G.S. 2010. The role of squatters in retention of native vegetation: a case study of Chyulu Hills, Kenya. Applied Geography 31, 577-589.

Grace W. Muriuki, Chris Jacobson, Clive McAlpine, Leonie Seabrook, Bronwyn Price, and Greg Baxter, 2010. Migrating, staying or moving on; migration dynamics in the Chyulu Hills Kenya. Population, Space and Place 17 (5) 391 – 406.

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