Dr Nina Lansbury Hall manages the Sustainable Water program at the Global Change Institute, with the aim of catalysing cross-disciplinary projects to respond to complex issues around the sustainable and integrated management, treatment and use of water with social, environmental and economic considerations.
Nina brings an interdisciplinary background to the role, after working in environmental and social issues in research and non-government organisations. Before joining the Global Change Institute, Nina was a research scientist at CSIRO, conducting social research on environmental issues, particularly around energy efficiency and energy technologies.
She has worked with non-government organisations researching environment and climate science as Director of the Climate Action Network Australia, senior research consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (UTS), and research co-ordinator at the Mineral Policy Institute.
Nina’s career has been motivated by an aim to create and contribute to high-impact research that responds to complex or ‘wicked’ environmental and social challenges in Australia and globally. Her PhD research analysed Australian climate change policy to identify the influence of environmental non-government campaigns on shaping the policy and resulting government actions.
Specifically on sustainable water, she led a project at CSIRO examining the social impacts of droughts on farmers’ decision-making and crop decisions; at CANA, she managed the advocacy work outlining how predicted climate change impacts would affect the growing demand and competition for water; and at the Mineral Policy Institute, she examined water pollution issues in communities and ecosystems downriver from large mine sites in the Asia-Pacific.
Nina is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the UQ School of Social Science. Her profile, qualifications and publications can be viewed here.