Strengthening sustainability practices

The Centre hosts a variety of public seminars, open lectures, workshops and conferences featuring national and international experts in their field. Our events are focused on sustainability themes such as carbon pricing, green business practice and the links between business and society.

The Centre is also committed to participating with other entities within Griffith to strengthen the sustainability practices and works in close collaboration with the following groups:


Transforming ecotourism experiences through Virtual Reality: gamifying resilience education to protect our Reef

Centre member Alexandra Coghlan and her research team are currently developing and testing a Virtual Reality gaming app as a new ecotourism product to promote conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

This study engages with the marine tourism industry to develop IT-enhanced ecotourism interpretation to protect the Reef. It aims to advance our knowledge of how the tourism industry can build support for Reef conservation by developing tourists’ understanding of the complexity of ecological processes and management of the Reef’s resilience. Alexandra and her team are currently working on this project with reef operators.

Industry Fellows

We work with our industry fellows on the teaching, research and community engagement activities of the Centre. Our fellows also advise on the Griffith Business School’s sustainability initiatives. Our fellows are champions in the general field of sustainability and we assist them with their endeavours to promote greater links between business and society for a sustainable future.

Sandy BlackBurn-Wright

Sandy has 15 years international development experience in Southern Africa which includes participation in the apartheid movement between 1988-1994; and 10 years corporate experience in professional and financial services in Australia. She currently serves on a number of advisory boards including one for the International Taskforce on Impact Investing.

As the former Head of Social Innovation for Westpac, she helped establish the bank as a vital player in the emerging impact investing market. She made notable contributions to the development and issuance of Australia’s first social impact bonds, and has been an advisor on social innovation and impact investing to government, non-profit, and private sector organizations in Australia.  Sandy also established the Organisational Mentoring Program at Westpac dedicated to build the capacity of social enterprises, and continues to provide strategic support to the Westpac Foundation.  Sandy is also an author, script writer, and public speaker.

Mara Bun

Mara is the founding CEO of Green Cross Australia. She began her career as a Financial Analyst with the international investment bank Morgan Stanley, where she spent five years in New York and San Francisco specializing in high technology corporate finance. In 1989, she joined a World Bank Nepali earthquake reconstruction project in Kathmandu, then moved to Australia to take on a leadership role with Greenpeace Australia and CHOICE in the 1990s.

Mara returned to investment banking as Senior Internet Equities Analyst at Macquarie Bank in 1999 covering Internet equities. She was a Director in the Allen Consulting Group's Sydney public policy economic consulting practice before joining CSIRO as Director of Business Development and as member of its Executive Management Council.

Chris Hill

Chris Hill is the first Environmental Sustainability Project Manager for the Istitute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. He provides specialist leadership and technical expertise on environmental sustainability strategies and legislative requirements across the Institute. Previous to this role, Chris championed sustainability in various roles at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, where he led the development of environmental strategy to support the hospital’s environmental sustainability platform. The Mater was awarded The Queensland Premiers Award for Sustainability in 2016.

Mark Glazebrook

Dr Mark Glazebrook has been at the forefront of sustainability and corporate responsibility in Australia, and has specialized in helping companies integrate their socially relevant interests in business processes consequently building strong corporate values.

As the former CSR Manager of BP, he led a team in creating and marketing new products that help address environmental and social issues relevant to BP and its stakeholders. Prior to this, Mark managed the Environmental Grants Program of the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation in Melbourne.  Mark is currently working on community business partnership projects through his company, On Purpose.

Rod Welford

Rod Welford is the Executive Chairman of the Ensight Group which specializes in designing energy cost reduction programs for energy intensive industries, particularly in mining.

He was previously Chief Executive of the Australia Council of Recycling, the national peak industry council for resource recovery and recycling industry (2009-2013). He retired in March 2009 from the Parliament of Queensland after nearly 20 years as a legislator and policy maker. Prior to entering Parliament, he practiced as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and a barrister of the High Court of Australia, working as a corporate and commercial litigation lawyer.