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Professor Don Henry AM


Don Henry joined Melbourne University in May 2014 and is based in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute as the ‘Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism’.

Prof Henry's role is to stimulate and enhance public debate and policy by working with researchers, government, civil society, global institutions, and business. He provides leadership and vision in the fields of environmental policy development and reform, climate change, and sustainability. Don is an International Board Member of The Climate Reality Project and is the strategy advisor to its Chair, the Hon. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.

In 2018 Prof Henry was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his work in protecting Australia's native wildlife and environment.

His current research engagement program is to support the Paris Agreement on climate change, negotiated by the global community in December 2015. This work aims to encourage greater ambition in its goals and to build support for a strong ‘ratchet mechanism’, including five-yearly reviews of national commitments. Don and his team are highlighting the role of key strategic countries in the implementation of the Agreement, such as India, the Philippines, China, Australia and Brazil.

Don is also leading work examining and encouraging Indigenous and conservation outcomes in Northern Australia and collaborative processes for forest protection and sustainable use in Victoria and Tasmania.

By holding a ‘seat at the table’ in key discussions on the environment, Don Henry provides an unparalleled opportunity for MSSI, the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, and the wider University, to influence national and global decision-making.

Recent publications:

Henry, D., Gore, A. (2016) 'Depending on the Final Yes: How global consciousness is driving change.' Griffith Review Edition 52: Imagining the Future. Eds Gleeson, B.J. and Schultz, J. Griffith Review & Text Publishing.

Parr, B. and Henry, D. (2016), ‘A new starting point: China's eco-civilisation and climate action post-Paris’, MSSI Briefing Paper No. 6, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne.

Parr, B., La Viña, A., and Henry, D. (2015) ‘Philippines climate change agenda: high vulnerability! high ambition?’, MSSI Briefing Paper 4, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne.

Parr, B., and Henry, D. (2015) ‘India’s rapid transition: The Modi government’s climate change and development plan’, MSSI Briefing Paper 3, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne.