Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds is
Executive Director of the
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), the research division of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Steve is one of Australia’s leading researchers on integrated approaches to natural resource management, sustainability, global change and environmental policy.
He holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University. He is an honorary professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Board Member of the International Society of Ecological Economics, and expert contributor to the UN International Resource Panel and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) working group on policy tools and methodologies.
Steve’s research and professional work over the past 20 years has focused on the theory and practice of crafting efficient and worthwhile policy approaches to climate change and sustainable prosperity within real world democratic institutions and social processes.
He joined ABARES in August 2017 from CSIRO, where he served as Chief Coordinating Scientist, Integration Science and Public Policy, and led the integrated science and modelling capacity that produced the CSIRO Australian National Outlook (2015).
His previous career has included senior roles in the private sector, public service, and major research organisations, including the Allen Consulting Group, Department of Climate Change, Department of Environment and Heritage, Treasury, ANU, and CSIRO.
He has been published in journals including
Nature, Science, Agricultural Systems, Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Change, and
Ecology and Society.
As Executive Director, Steve is looking for ABARES to continue to deliver high-quality evidence, analysis, and insight, and contribute to our national conversation on how we best manage the natural assets that underpin the income, livelihoods and wellbeing of Australia’s regions and industries.
This will include how Australia’s agriculture and primary industries are evolving and adapting to new challenges and opportunities through lifting productivity, improving efficiencies and creating new value.