Queensland Decarbonisation Forum – Regional Transitions

Wednesday 29 June 2022 – 11:00 – 12:30 AEST

MC: Professor Hugh Possingham
Chair: AProf Ben Lyons
Speakers: Prof John Rolfe, Prof Allan Dale, Prof Hurriyet Babacan,
Prof Hon. John McVeigh

The Queensland Decarbonisation Forum 2022 will bring together experts from academia, governments, and industries to accelerate Queensland’s efforts to achieve its renewable energy and emission reduction targets and establish Queensland as the national leader in low-carbon industries, technologies, policies, programs, and practices. The aim is to leverage the scientific, technological, organisational, and convening capabilities of Queensland universities in support of accelerated action to transition Queensland to a prosperous zero-net emissions economy.


Prof Ben Lyons – Director Rural Economies Centre of Excellence, University of Southern Queensland

Professor John Rolfe – John Rolfe is a resource economist who is Professor of Regional Economic Development in the School of Business and Law at the CQ University at Rockhampton, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Professor Allan Dale – Allan Dale is a Professor of Tropical Regional Development at The Cairns Institute, James Cook University and the Chief Scientist for the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA). Allan is also a University Fellow with Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute and has a strong interest in integrated societal governance, with a particular focus across the tropical world, northern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. He leads JCU’s contributions to Queensland’s Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) and the Clean Growth Choices Program, the Human Dimensions of the GBR, the Northern Development agenda and emerging approaches to Collective Impact.

Professor Hurriyet Babacan – Professor, Australian Institute for Business and Economics, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law – University of Queensland

Prof Hon. John McVeigh – Position Executive Director (Institute for Resilient Regions) and SQNNSW Hub Director – University of Southern Queensland