Researcher

Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf

My Expertise

Renewable energy, nuclear energy, energy technology assessment, energy policy, sustainability.

Biography

Dr Mark Diesendorf is currently Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Humanities & Languages, UNSW Sydney. He teaches, researches and consults in the interdisciplinary fields of sustainable energy, energy policy, sustainable urban transport, theory of sustainability, ecological economics, and practical processes by which government, business and other organisations can achieve ecologically sustainable and socially just development.

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Dr Mark Diesendorf is currently Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Humanities & Languages, UNSW Sydney. He teaches, researches and consults in the interdisciplinary fields of sustainable energy, energy policy, sustainable urban transport, theory of sustainability, ecological economics, and practical processes by which government, business and other organisations can achieve ecologically sustainable and socially just development.

From 2004 to 2016 he was Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW Sydney. His earlier positions include Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO in the 1980s, senior lecturer in Human Ecology at the Australian National University (1994-1996), Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (1996-2001), and then Director of the private consultancy Sustainability Centre Pty Ltd (2001-2007). He was also Education Program Leader of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living from 2017 until it closed in June 2019.

He has collaborated with and consulted for a wide range of organisations including AusAID, Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Hydrocool Pty Ltd, Minister for Minerals & Energy (Western Australia), StateRail (NSW), Sustainable Energy Development Authority of New South Wales, Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria, WWF Australia, and various municipal and local governments in Australia and China.

Based on his belief that science, technology and economics should serve the community at large, he has been at various times secretary of the Society for Social Responsibility in Science (Canberra), co-founder and vice-president of the Sustainable Energy Industries Council of Australia, co-founder and president of the original Australasian Wind Energy Association, president of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) and vice-president of Appropriate Technology for Community and Environment (APACE).

He is co-editor of the interdisciplinary book Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an Ecologically Sustainable Future (1997) and author of Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy (UNSW Press, 2007), Climate Action: A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions (UNSW Press, 2009) and Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change (Routledge & UNSW Press, 2014).


My Qualifications

BSc (Hons) in physics, University of Sydney; PhD in applied mathematics, UNSW


My Engagement

Recent popular articles, videos & media include:

'Ecological economics: The economics of sustainability', NENA Journal, vol. 1, no. 4, July 2019.

'An environmental science perspective on population' NENA Journal, vol. 1, no. 3, June 2019.

'New grid needs cooperation', Canberra Times, 1 May 2019.

'Fixing the gap between Labor's greenhouse gas goals and their policies ', The Conversation, 3/5/2019.

'Energy shortlist gets low score', Radio Adelaide 101.5, Barometer program, 15/3/2019

'The government's electricity shortlist rightly features pumped hydro (and wrongly includes coal)', The Conversation, 29/3/2019.

'NSW and a renewable energy policy: we need one', UNSW Sydney Newsroom, 12/3/2019.

'100% renewable electricity: reliability, economics, impediments & key policies', 100% Renewables Workshop, ANU, 15/2/2019.

'Busting myths about renewable energy', Renew Magazine, issue 146, Jan. 2019

'Renewable electricity policy for Australia', The Australia Institute, Nov. 2018.

'Four key steps to take Australia towards 100% renewable electricity', RenewEconomy, 2018.

'Is coal power dispatchable?', 2018.

Video of seminar, 'Busting myths about renewable energy', 52 min., School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering, 13 Sept. 2018.

'Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget -- if we're quick', 2018.

'How rapidly can we transition to 100% renewable electricity?', 2018.

'How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewable power', 2017.

'Ecologically sustainable energy', in Washington H (ed.) Positive Steps to a Steady State Economy. Sydney: CASSE NSW, pp.137-143, 2017.

'Rapid transition to clean energy will take massive social change', 2016.

'Why would the world accept Australia's offer to store the world's nuclear waste?', 2016.

'Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths'. The Ecologist 2016.

'Dispelling the nuclear "baseload" myth: nothing renewables can't do better'. The Ecologist, 2016.

'We can achieve sustainability, but not without limiting economic growth', 2015.


My Teaching

IEST6911: Managing greenhouse gas emissions

Guest lectures on sustainability, renewable energy, energy policy

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