Professor Ken Baldwin is the Director of the ANU Grand Challenge: Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. He is also the inaugural Director of the ANU Energy Change Institute and an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow. The main focus of his work is to help drive the energy transition, particularly for Australia's future export industries based on renewable energy. He is a winner of the 2004 Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science, for his role in initiating and championing "Science meets Parliament".In 2007, he was awarded the W.H. Beattie Steele Medal, the highest honour of the Australian Optical Society. In 2010 he was awarded the Barry Inglis Medal by the National Measurement Institute for excellence in precision measurement. Professor Baldwin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society of America and the Australian Institute of Physics.
Dr Emma Aisbett is Associate Director, Research for Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific and Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet). Emma has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (UNSW with University Medal), Master of Environmental Change and Management (Oxon.) and PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics (UC Berkeley). Emma uses her interdisciplinary background to support social and natural scientists, legal scholars and engineers to engage in the inter- and trans-disciplinary research necessary to solve wicked problems like the ZCEAP Grand Challenge. Her own research for the ZCEAP focuses on trade and investment aspects - particularly the evolution of international governance (both public and private) for global value chains in renewable energy.
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The research team comprises experienced ANU researchers, and a team of early-career Grand Challenge Fellows working across disciplines ranging from fundamental science, technology and engineering, to energy governance, geopolitics, economics and policy. Team members work across the project streams listed below, each convened by the following expert researchers:
- Renewable Energy Systems - Dr Matthew Stocks
- Hydrogen Fuels - Dr Fiona Beck
- Energy Policy and Governance in Asia-Pacific Countries - Associate Professor Paul Burke
- Renewable Refining of Metal Ores - Dr John Pye
- Indigenous and Community Engagement - Associate Professor Janet Hunt
The Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific team is truly interdisciplinary. The project involves researchers from five ANU Colleges;
- College of Science
- College of Asia and the Pacific
- College of Law
- College of Engineering and Computer Science
- College of Arts and Social Sciences.