Keynote Speakers – Stuart B. Hill

stuart_hillProfessor Stuart B. Hill was appointed Foundation Chair of Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury Campus) in 1996. Prior to that he had been at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada since 1969, where he had coordinated McGill’s zoology major, and established, in 1974, Ecological Agriculture Projects, Canada’s leading resource centre for sustainable agriculture.

He has published over 300 papers and reports, and in Canada was a member of over 30 regional, national and international boards and committees. He is currently on the editorial board of four refereed journals. He has successfully completed projects in the West Indies, French West Africa, Indonesia, The Philippines, and the Seychelles, as well as in Canada and Australia.

Dr. Hill is committed to working for change that improves environmental sustainability, community and personal wellbeing, and our psychosocial co-evolution. He is critical of the still-dominant tinkering responses to problems, as well as their endless measurement, and is a tireless campaigner for the proactive, fundamental redesign of our lifestyles, our institutional structures and processes, our managed ecosystems and our technologies.

His background in chemical engineering, ecology, soil biology, entomology, agriculture, psychotherapy, education, policy development and international development, and his experience of working with change, have enabled him to be an effective facilitator in complex situations that demand both collaboration across difference and a long-term co-evolutionary approach to situation improvement. As this is a focus of social ecology, he is currently in a euphoric state as a member of a dynamic learning and action community (of over 300 staff and students) with overlapping values and mutually supportive projects.