Chris Riedy


Chris Riedy is Professor of Sustainability Transformations and Director of Graduate Research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. He is a transdisciplinary academic with a research interest in governance, communication and social change for sustainable futures. Chris draws on sociological and political theory, narrative theory and futures thinking to design, facilitate and evaluate practical experiments in transformative change towards sustainable futures. He coordinates the Institute’s work on sustainability transformations. Chris is an Advisor to the Transformations Community, a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance project, a member of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network and the New Economy Network Australia, and is on the Editorial Board of Futures. He has led more than 80 research projects at ISF with a combined value of around $4 million. These projects include identification of megatrends and development of scenarios for the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2050 initiative, a comprehensive future-oriented review of Australia’s National GreenPower Program, pioneering research on collaborative housing as a response to Australian housing challenges, and numerous foresight workshops. He has published two books, 48 peer-reviewed articles or chapters, one short story, and more than 60 research reports and hundreds of web articles. He writes a blog on living within planetary boundaries called Planetcentric (

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