Professor Chris Ryan is the Director of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL) at the University of Melbourne has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology, environmental policy and design, and in projects that span the community sector, academia, government and international agencies and business.
His community sector work includes the creation of a number of networks of ‘alternative’ and ‘radical’ technology in the UK in the 1970′s. He brought this work brought back to Australia for the creation of several community technology programs and, in 1978, a community plan for environmental and socially-useful work that became the Centre for Research into Environmental Strategies (CERES), still existing today in the Melbourne Suburb of Brunswick.
In academic work he helped found the first multi-disciplinary undergraduate socio-environmental degree program at RMIT University that spanned two faculties (Social Science and Architecture and Design). That program ran from 1984 to 1997. He was foundation professor of Design and Sustainability at RMIT from 1990, and Director of the National (Key) Centre for Environmental Design from 1989-98. In this position he directed the National EcoReDesign program, and ARC Linkage and ERDC project, working with 20 Australian companies to develop a new eco-design methodology and bring new greener products into the market.
Professor Ryan was consultant to the UN Environment Program coordinating and writing the Global Progress Report on Sustainable Consumption for the Johannesburg UN world summit in 2002.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Industrial Ecology (Yale University). He is a member of the Board of the Banksia Foundation Australia and was Director – Curator of the Victorian Deakin Lectures 09: Climate and Innovation: Building the low Carbon Economy Now.