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Professor Kerrie Wilson
Executive Director, IFE
Institute for Future Environments,
IFE Directorate
Discipline *
Environmental Science and Management
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Doctor of Philosophy - Institute of Land and Food Resources (University of Melbourne)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Natural Sciences Commissioner, Australian National Commission for UNESCO
  • Member, Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel
  • Member, Scientific Committee, Healthy Land and Water
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Kerrie Wilson is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  Before joining QUT in January 2019, Kerrie was the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland. She is also an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen and the Australian Natural Sciences Commissioner for UNESCO, and has previously held leadership positions with NGOs, including Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy Australia.

Kerrie has two decades of experience leading and conducting research into the science, strategy and policy of conservation. She is particularly interested in applied resource allocation problems, such as how to invest limited resources to protect or restore biodiversity and what sociopolitical and institutional factors influence investment success in conservation.

Kerrie’s research has been published in high impact journals such as Nature and Science and involves collaborations with government agencies and NGOs at local, national and global levels. Kerrie has received numerous national awards, including the Prime Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, the Australian Academy of Science Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science, two ARC Research Fellowships and an Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher.

Kerrie holds a Bachelor in Environmental Science (First Class Honours, awarded in 1999) from UQ and a PhD from The University of Melbourne (2004), undertaken in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, based in Cambridge.

This information has been contributed by Professor Kerrie Wilson.


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