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PROFESSOR BRONWYN HARCH, FTSE, GAICD, ASTAT

Professor Harch is the Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Professor of Applied Statistical Science, at QUT. Bronwyn leads transdisciplinary research efforts – where industry, government and the community co-develop with QUT researchers a range of initiatives that address global challenges to build a strong Australia with a competitive economy. 

Bronwyn has worked across the sectors of agriculture, environment, health, manufacturing and energy bringing the “unreasonable effectiveness” of digital technologies and mathematical sciences to make a real difference to industry, society and the environment.

RESEARCH FOCUS

The focus of Bronwyn’s research efforts aims to ensure ‘smarter information use’ contributes to:

  • enhancing productivity while achieving this on a sustainable basis
  • creating competitive, value added products and services for global markets
  • fostering collaboration and connection for addressing global challenges.

Bronwyn is an applied statistician with 21 years’ experience undertaking research focused on the statistical design of landscape-scale sampling protocols and monitoring programs, as well as the statistical modelling of complex systems. Her research has mainly been applied at the nexus of agricultural and environmental systems.

This has seen her develop transdisciplinary research, engagement and commercialisation strategies with state and federal government and their agencies, Australian and global multi-national companies (e.g. Bayer, Orica, Boeing, AMP) and partnerships with research organisations (e.g. a National Research Flagship Cluster, Chinese Academy of Sciences, NASA) – with a particular focus at the agri-environmental and informatics interface.

Bronwyn is now adding two national agenda setting leadership roles in IoT and innovation and science to her career.  In November 2016, Bronwyn was appointed to the Board of Innovation and Science Australia and to the Board of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA) – both agencies functioning at the interface of industry, government and research.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bronwyn has a joint undergraduate Science Degree (Honours) in Environmental Science and Secondary Teaching (Mathematics and Science) from Griffith University/QUT. She completed her industry funded PhD (Grains Research & Development Corporation) at the University of Qld in 1996. She joined CSIRO as a postdoc in Adelaide in 1995, moving to Brisbane in 2000 to build CSIRO’s agri-environmental capabilities. Previously Bronwyn was Chief of CSIRO division of Computational Informatics and Deputy Director of CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship. 

BRINGING TO THE FOOD AGILITY CRC

As the Food Agility CRC’s Research Director, Bronwyn will provide high-level research and innovation leadership, leading the development, implementation and communication of the research and innovation strategy. She will build networks and relationships with research and innovation partners for the CRC across universities, other research organisations and with industry and governments.