Biography

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Professor Chris Cocklin

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor


DipBusStud, BSocSci, MA, PhD



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Professor Chris Cocklin was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation in August 2008 and in 2011 took up the position of Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, while retaining portfolio responsibility for research and innovation.He was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and IT at JCU (from February 2007).Prior to that 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. From 1985 to 1997 he was based at the University of Auckland.


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.