Professor Katherine Daniell

BEng(Civil)(Hons)/BA (Adel.), PhD (ANU/AgroParisTech, France), MIEAust
Professor, 3A Institute, School of Cybernetics & Fenner School of Environment and Society, College of Science
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics
T: +61 2 612 51464

Research interests

  • Politics and cultures of innovation
  • Multi-level governance and inter-organisational cooperation
  • Water and environmental policy, engineering and management
  • Sustainability theory and practice: strategic planning, risk assessment, evaluation programs
  • Design and coordination of participatory processes for decision-aiding and conflict management
  • Leadership, futures-thinking, capacity building, education and knowledge management



Katherine is a Professor in the 3A Institute - the ANU's first innovation institute with the mission of building a new branch of engineering to take AI-enabled cyber-physical systems safely, responsibly and sustainably to scale - based in the School of Cybernetics, and Professor of Environmental Policy in the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Katherine's current research work focusses on collaborative approaches to policy, action and education for sustainable development. In this field, she has recently worked in Europe and the Asia-Pacific on projects related to international science and technology cooperation, water governance, risk management, sustainable urban development, politics and cultures of innovation and new technologies, and climate change adaptation. Katherine has produced over 100 academic publications including 4 books and a diverse range of book chapters, papers, reports and edited collections.

In management and cooperation building roles, Katherine is President of the Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation (AFRAN) Inc. Katherine has previously worked as the Associate Dean (Education) in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, and in the ANU's Centre for European Studies, Centre for Policy Innovation and the H.C. Coombs Policy Forum at the Crawford School of Public Policy on a range of Australian Public Service - ANU and international cooperation projects, including the PACE-Net and PACE-Net+ EU projects on developing Pacific-European bi-regional dialogue on science, technology and innovation. She has previously taught executive development courses for the Australian National Institute for Public Policy (ANIPP) on multi-level governance and convened Masters and undergraduate courses in the Fenner School on Environmental Policy and Participatory Resource Management. Katherine has received many awards and honours for her work including a John Monash Scholarship and being elected as a Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust. She has served on the ACT (2009-2011, 2015-2016) and National (2013-2014) Selection Panels for the John Monash Scholarships. Katherine currently serves as a member of the National Committee on Water Engineering (Engineers Australia), director and board member of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, a member of the Initiatives of the Future of Great Rivers and is the Editor of the Australasian Journal of Water Resources.


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