Matthew Harrison, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), Australia
Associate Professor Matthew Harrison is an award-winning scientist based at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture in Launceston, Australia. Matt is internationally renowned for his work in improving the sustainability of agricultural and land-use systems through innovative economic, environmental and social solutions to demand-driven problems. His team uses systems thinking to develop skills, technologies and practices aimed at improving food production, enterprise profitability, social licence to operate and long-term agri-food sustainability. The impact of his work on carbon removals, greenhouse gas emissions, the climate crisis and food security will have enduring benefits for decades to come.
Matt is the Director of the Carbon Storage Partnership, a multi-million-dollar transdisciplinary initiative that is developing environmentally-contextualised and socially-acceptable pathways aimed at profitably progressing the entire Australia livestock sector to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Matt has long engendered a culture of research excellence, as shown by his mentoring and supervision of colleagues, his training of the next generation of scientists, and his inclusive approach to leading diverse teams of people. He has supervised numerous Honours, Masters and PhD scholars through to successful completion, and he welcomes enquiries relating to research supervision or collaboration. As an egalitarian, he regularly advocates for social equality of people he works with. The knowledge, skills and technologies developed by Matt and his co-workers have contributed significantly to the University of Tasmania’s ‘well-above world standard’ Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) rankings in ‘Agriculture, Land and Farm Management’ and ‘Crop and Pasture Production’.
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