Research Committee


Committee Chair

Emeritus Professor Robert (Bob) Matheson Douglas AO MD

Bob Douglas’s forty-year medical career has been wide-ranging. He has worked as a researcher into hypertensive vascular disease in New Zealand and as a specialist physician in Papua New Guinea. Bob has also spent time as an epidemiologist working on the development of a pneumonia vaccine in the United States, as a community medicine academic and general practitioner at the Adelaide Medical School, and as Dean of the Adelaide Medical School.

From 1982-1988 Bob chaired a Geneva based World Health Organisation Technical Advisory Group on the control of pneumonia in the developing world. In 1989 he became the Foundation Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU, a post he held until his retirement in 2001.

Bob’s personal research and publications spanned several phases, including the effects of treatment of hypertension, evaluation of heath care systems, prevention and treatment of respiratory infections, the organisation and evaluation of general medical practice and health inequalities. He published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books and edited or co-edited 3 books.

Following his retirement in 2001, Bob established a new body, Australia21 the Board of which he chaired from 2001 to 2011. Australia21 is a not for profit think tank promoting fair, sustainable and inclusive public policy through evidence-based research.

In 2006 Bob published a small book entitled “SEE-Change Centres, Grey Power and Hope”. He founded SEE-Change ACT which helps to empower local communities to take action on climate change and their ecological footprint. Since early 2010 Bob has worked closely with the evolving Transform Australia Network with which he is a “designated catalyst”.

He has recently published a manual for use by teachers and senior students in schools in the ACT, entitled “Imagining a Sustainable Canberra” which has been distributed to principals of all schools and Colleges in the ACT.

Bob was honoured for contributions to medicine by the award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000. He was a finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year for 2007 and in October 2008 shared the ACT Conservation Council’s Supreme Green Hero award. In April 2011 he was named the ACT Environmental Volunteer of the Year.

Committee Members

Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards, AM
Bcomm (Hons.) (Melb); PhD (Pub. Finance) (ANU)

Currently: Emeritus Professor, ANZSOG Institute for Governance, University of Canberra Meredith has been a lecturer, researcher, policy analyst and administrator through her career. She has served as a Deputy Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra. She set up the National Institute for Governance in 1999, of which she was Director until 2004. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).

Research history

Dr Graeme Ivan Pearman, AM
PhD, University of Western Australia

From 1970 to 2004 Graeme worked at the CSIRO. Prior to his departure he was Director of the Climate change division. Graeme Pearman has contributed over 150 scientific journal papers primarily on aspects of the global carbon budget. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Society of Victoria and the Australian Academy of Science.

Research history

Mr Ben Jacobsen

Ben is currently an economist in the Australian public service.

Research history

Mr Julian Poulter

Julian’s main career focus has been in the complex restructuring of organisations, industries and markets via the management of complex stakeholder networks. He is personally committed to the restructuring of the investment system towards a clean, sustainable long-term focus. He sits on a range of international committees, advisory boards and councils relating to climate risk, sustainability and responsible investment. From 2008 to 2017 he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) which is the world’s leading disclosure framework for investors and their management of climate risk.

Mr Howard Pender

Howard was awarded a university medal in Economics at the Australian National University. He worked at the Australian Treasury, an investment bank and was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University. He co-founded and was a Director of Australian Ethical Investment for 20 years until 2011. Howard was also a Director of 2 other ASX listed companies. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the ACT Long Service Leave Authority and a Director of the Centre for Australian Ethical Research (CAER).