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Professor Chris Cocklin

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

DipBusStud, BSocSci, MA, PhD

Recent Publications

Professor Cocklin is the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and also fulfils the requirements of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and innovation) at James Cook University.

He was appointed to the position of Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor in 2011, having previously served as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Pro Vice Chancellor of Science, Engineering and IT at JCU. Previously Professor Cocklin was employed for 10 years at Monash University, where he served as Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Science and as the inaugural Director of the Monash Environment Institute. Professor Cocklin was based at University of Auckland from 1985-1997.

In his current role Professor Cocklin has oversight responsibility for the seven colleges and line management responsibility for the two academic divisions in which the colleges are situated. He also holds responsibility for the Division of Research and Innovation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island affairs.

His research interests are in resources and environmental policy, agriculture and rural communities, global environmental change, sustainable development, and corporate environmental management.Professor Cocklin is currently an investigator (with R Brown, Monash University & D Loorbach, Erasmus University) on an ARC Discovery project on the actor and institutional dynamics in emerging socio-technical transitions.Other recent ARC funded projects include ‘Regulation and Governance of Agricultural Biotechnology: GMOs in Australia and the United Kingdom’ (with D. Gibbs, University of Hull) and ‘Sustainable Farming in Australia: Market Instruments for Improved Land Management’ (with V. Higgins of Charles Sturt University and C. Potter, Imperial College).

Professor Cocklin is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and sits on the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. He is Chair, Research Advisory Committee, Program A (Society) and Member of the CRC Advisory Committee, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and is a Director of the North Queensland Commercialisation Company Pty Ltd and of JCU Enterprises Pty Ltd.

Formerly he was a member of the Queensland Premier’s Advisory Council on Climate Change,a Director of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, a member of the Board of Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture and on the Board, Australian Tropical Herbarium.Other positions have included as a Director of Greening Australia (Vic) and member of the Victorian Catchment Management Council. In 2004 he was appointed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report.He was an invited participant in the Prime Minister’s Australia 2020 summit, held in 2008.

From 2009-11 Professor Cocklin was the convenor of the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research) Group and served at the same time on the Executive Committee of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research) Group, Universities Australia.He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, of the Australian Institute of Management and of the Regional Australia Institute.

Over the course of his career, Professor Cocklin has published more than 200 articles, books, research monographs, technical reports and reviews.He has delivered 130 papers to professional conferences and meetings, including more than 35 invited/keynote addresses. In addition to his current position at JCU, he holds the position of Honorary Professor in Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University.