Brent joined the Institute for Sustainable Futures in 2012 as a Research Director in the NR&E cluster.
Brent’s background is in agricultural science with broad experience in agricultural systems and eco-physiology of crops and pastures gained through teaching and research conducted at universities in Australia and overseas.
Brent joined the NSW Public Service in 2001 and worked in the areas of natural resource management, structural adjustment and development of assistance packages to accompany natural resource reforms. More recently, Brent was theme leader for the state-wide monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the adaptive capacity of natural resource managers in NSW. He also contributed to collaborative projects with ABARES, ANU and CSIRO on spatial optimisation and provision of socioeconomic data to support CMA investment decisions.
Brent’s current research interests include resilience, vulnerability and adaptive capacity of communities in the development of catchment action plans, and he leads the Adaptive Communities Node of the NSW Climate Adaptation Research Hub.