Dr Robert Webb

Honorary Associate Professor

After initial qualifications and research in astrophysics, Bob has held senior leadership positions in several large, complex and diversified organisations. This included General Manager positions in both the private sector (CSR Ltd) and public sector (Australian Trade Commission), followed by several Deputy Commissioner positions with the Australian Taxation Office.

He has worked in and across a number of disciplines including strategy development, transformation and change management, policy development, large scale operational and program delivery, economics, finance, investment, marketing, information systems and operations research; and across a range of primary, energy, resource, manufacturing and service industries from both a private and public sector perspective.

He joined the Australian National University's Climate Change Institute and Fenner School of Environment and Society as a Visiting Fellow in 2009/10 with a focus on sustainable development and climate change issues, and is now an Honorary Associate Professor.

Research interests

Bob has long standing interest and experience in

  • sustainable economic, social and environmental development
  • complex systems and change drivers
  • integrated policy development and implementation
  • organisational governance and decision making
  • stakeholder engagement, strategy development and transformational change.

Since joining the ANU Climate Change Institute and Fenner School of Environment and Society his primary areas of focus have been climate change adaptation, and sustainable urban development, with projects at the local, regional, national and international levels. These projects have involved synthesis and coordination across government, research and stakeholder interests, taking an integrated systems and trans-disciplinary approach.

He is also interested in the broader sustainable development agenda from both the scientific (e.g. earth systems science and planetary boundaries) and policy/practice perspectives (e.g. as co-leader of an Australian Academy of Science/ Future Earth Australia sustainable urban development initiative; pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals; and integration across policy domains).

  • Carmichael, B, Wilson, G, Namarnyilk, I et al. 2020, 'A methodology for the assessment of climate change adaptation options for cultural heritage sites', Climate, vol. 8, no. 88, pp. 1-21.
  • Bai, X, Colbert, M, McPhearson, T et al 2019, 'Networking urban science, policy and practice for sustainability', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 39, pp. 114-122.
  • O'Donnell, T, Webb, R, Dodson, J et al 2019, Sustainable cities and regions: 10 year strategy to enable urban systems transformation.
  • Carmichael, B, Wilson, G, Namarnyilk, I et al 2018, 'Local and Indigenous management of climate change risks to archaeological sites', Mitigation and adaptation strategies for global change, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 231-255.
  • Webb, R, Rissik, D, Petheram, L et al. 2018, 'Co-designing adaptation decision support: meeting common and differentiated needs', Climatic Change, vol. 153, no. 4, pp. 569-585.
  • Webb, R, Bai, X, Stafford Smith, M et al 2018, 'Sustainable urban systems: Co-design and framing for transformation', AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, vol. Online, pp. 1-21.
  • Mahmuda, S & Webb, R 2016, 'Climate adaptation and urban planning for heat islands: a case study of the Australian Capital Territory', Australian Planner, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 127-142pp..
  • Bai, X, Surveyer, A, Elmqvist, T et al 2016, 'Defining and advancing a systems approach for sustainable cities', Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 23, no. -, pp. 69-78.
  • O'Donnell, T, Webb, R, Duarte, R et al 2016, Place-Based Sustainable Urban Renewal: A Case Study Of The Tuggeranong District, Australian Capital Territory
  • Norman, B, Webb, R, Steffen, W et al 2014, Climate adaptation sector review: informing the future direction for the ACT and Region.
  • Norman, B, Webb, R, Steffen, W et al 2014, Climate Adaptation Sector Review: Informing the Future Direction for the ACT and Region.
  • Webb, R, Petheram, L & Weiske, P 2014, Climate Adaptation Decision Support Strategies: Developing a National Agenda (LAPS 2 Final Report � 5 June 2014).
  • Webb, R & Beh, J 2013, Leading adaptation practices and support strategies for Australia: An international and Australian review of products and tools
  • Funfgeld, H, Webb, R & McEvoy, D 2012, 'The Significance of Adaptation Framing in Local and Regional Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives in Australia', The Green Infrastructure Transect, ResearchGate GmbH, Australia, pp. 283-294pp.