flag australie Neil Hamilton
Member of the Board of Directors

Neil Hamilton is a geographer who has spent most of his career as a research scientist running large international global change research programmes. For the past three years he led WWF’s work in the Arctic region, illustrating his commitment to the environment and the Arctic. He is a driver behind the Arctic governance debate and has undertaken many expeditions in the region. He is now a consultant working on Arctic and Antarctic environmental issues.

Neil Hamilton is Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society / Institute of British Geographers and Member of the Australian Institute of Geographers


Since February2010 - Principal and Managing Director,Quaternary Research Pty Ltd - Norway and Australia : Consultancy company providing expert advisory services and creative solutions to improve the Arctic and Antarctic environments
May 2007 - February 2010 - Director of the WWF International Arctic Programme, and Leader of the WWF Arctic Network Initiative. The secretariat located in OSLO, NORWAY. He was responsible for the creation and leadership of one of 8 ‘Priority Programmes’ for the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Arctic Network Initiative ; had leadership of all WWF’s activities in the Arctic (USA, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, together with arctic Norway Sweden, Finland and Russia) ; was legal CEO and sole director of company (‘WWF International Arctic Programme’) in Norway ; had direct line management of 10 senior staff based in Oslo, Anchorage, and Ottawa, plus matrix management of all (about 60) WWF national staff in the Arctic.
February 2005 - May 2007 - Executive Director of the Forum for European – Australian Science and Technology Co-operation (“FEAST”) Secretariat located at AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Canberra. He was responsible for leadership of the organisation established by the Australian Government and the European Union to highlight, promote, and above all facilitate research collaboration between Europe and Australia, in all disciplines.
February 2002 - May 2007 - Director of Policy and Planning (Research Support) at the Office of the Vice Chancellor, seconded as General Manager, ANU Innovation (technology transfer company of ANU) mid 2004-05, then Director of FEAST until May 2007 (see previous entry) at the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Canberra.
January 1999 - December 2001 - Deputy Executive Director of the INTERNATIONAL HUMAN DIMENSIONS PROGRAMME ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (IHDP), Bonn, Germany, and Consultant, International Geosphere - Biosphere Programme (Washington DC, and Stockholm)
July 1998 - January 1999 - Executive Consultant, CRC for Greenhouse Accounting at the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, Canberra
Août 1997 - Juillet 1998 - Foundation Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Futures of the UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY
January 1993 - Augustt 1997- Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology, Canberra


• 2002 : Master of Arts (Strategic Studies), incomplete (only 12 months), all High Distinctions The Australian National University
• 1989 - 1993 : Doctor of Philosophy Dept. Of Geography, University of Sydney, Australia.
• 1986 - 1987 : Master of Applied Science by thesis (Geology) Curtin University of Technology, Perth

Scientific Articles and Book chapters

• Hamilton et al, in prep. Managing for transition: biodiversity conservation in the Arctic under rapid change. Accepted for publication in Ambio
• Krey, V., Canadell, J., Nakicenovic, N., Abe, Y., Andruleit, H., Archer, D., Gruebler, A., Hamilton, N.T.M., Johnson, A., Kostov, V., Lamarque, J-F., Langhorne, N., Nisbet, E., Riahi, K., Reidel, M., Wang, W., Yakushev, V., and O'Neill, B., 2009. Gas hydrates: entrance to a methane age or climate threat? Environmental Research Letters, 4
• Hamilton, N.T.M., 2007. Water, Development, and Global Change: a case study in unsustainable science. Development Studies Bulletin
• P.J. Gregory, J.S.I. Ingram, R. Andersson, R.A. Betts, V. Brovkin, T.N. Chase, P.R. Grace, A.J. Gray, N. T. M. Hamilton, T.B. Hardy, S.M. Howden, A. Jenkins, M. Meybeck, M. Olsson, I. Ortiz-Monasterio, C.A. Palm, T. Payne, M. Rummukainen, R.E. Schulze, M. Thiem, C. Valentin and M.J. Wilkinson, 2002. Environmental Consequences of Alternative Practices for Intensifying Crop Production. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 88, 279-290
• Recatala, L., Ive, J., Hamilton, N.T.M., Baird, I., and Sanchez, J., 2000. Land use planning in the Valencian mediterranean region: using LUPIS to generate issue -relevant plans. Journal of Environmental Management, 59, 169-184
• Entel, M.B., and Hamilton, N.T.M., 1999. Model description of dynamics of disturbance and recovery of natural landscapes. Landscape Ecology 14(3), 277-281
• Hamilton, N.T.M. and Majchrzak Hamilton, 1998. Denial, ignorance, and guilt: a reply to MacGregor’s discussion of ‘Socio-economic deprivation of Australia’s Stolen Generation’. People and Place, 6, 2
• Hamilton, N.T.M., and Collins, L.B., 1998. Placer formation in a Holocene barrier system, southwestern Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, 13, 4, 240-255
• Hamilton, N.T.M., 1997. Chapter 1, Coastal Processes, in Laughlin, G., A user’s guide to the Australian coast. Reed Publishing, Sydney
• Majchrzak-Hamilton, G., and Hamilton, N.T.M. 1997, ‘Socio-economic deprivation of Australia’s Stolen Generation’, People and Place, 5 (4) 28-35
• Hamilton, N.T.M. 1997. Comments on a Green Paper: Sustainable Energy Policy for Australia. Divisional Paper 97/09, CSIRO, 23pp
• Hamilton, N.T.M, and Collins, L.B., 1997. Morphostratigraphy and evolution of a Holocene composite barrier system at Minninup, southwestern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 44, 113-124
• Hamilton, N.T.M., and Cocks, K.D., 1996. Coastal growth and the environment. In Newton, P. And Bell, M., Population Shift: mobility and change in Australia. AGPS, Canberra, p.182-192
• Hamilton, N.T.M., and Cocks, K.D., 1995. A small scale spatial analysis system for maritime Australia. Ocean and Coastal Management, 27, 3, 163-195
• Hamilton, N.T.M., 1995. Controls on the global distribution of coastal titanium - zirconium placers. International Geology Review, 37, 9, 755-779
• Hamilton, N.T.M., 1995. Impacts of coastal population growth. People and Place, 3, 2, 24-29
•Hamilton, N.T.M., 1992. Coastal placer deposition in the Forster - Nabiac - Halliday’s Point coastal embayment. In Thoms, M (Ed.), Catchments and Coasts, Monograph No.4, University of Sydney, Coastal Studies Unit., p 134-145

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