Dr Dana Cordell is a Research Director at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.
Dr Cordell leads and undertakes international and national research projects on sustainable food and resource futures. Many projects involve high-level stakeholder engagement to improve impact and foster mutual learning, such as P-FUTURES project engaging 90 local stakeholders in Vietnam, Australia, Malawi and U.S.
In 2008 Dr Cordell co-founded the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative – the first global platform to undertake research, policy and public engagement to ensure food systems are resilient to the emerging global challenge of phosphorus scarcity. As a global food security expert, Dr Cordell provides expert advice and commentary to UNEP, UK Parliament and Australia’s Chief Scientist.
She most recently joined UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook team as a global food security contributor. Dr Cordell’s research contributions have led to numerous prestigious recognitions including one of Australia’s top science prizes, the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research (2012) and a position in the 100 Women of Influence (AFR/Westpac, 2013) and Top 100 Most Influential People (Sydney Magazine, 2012).
She is frequently interviewed for media, including BBC Radio, ABC Lateline and London’s The Times.