Appointed Professor of Systems at the Open University in 1994, my research and scholarship spans the biophysical and social and is primarily interdisciplinary and collaborative. At the Open University I have had periods as head of the former Systems Department (1995-8; 2005-6; 25 academic staff), Director of the Environmental Decision Making Program, and am now involved in: (i) managing and presenting the post-graduate program in Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) and undertaking associated Systems scholarship; (ii) contributing to the activities of the Applied Systems Thinking in Practice Group and (iii) undertaking international research.
In 2014 I became President Elect of the ISSS (International Society for the Systems Sciences) and will assume the Presidency in late July. I am also a Director of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC), a Trustee of the American Society of Cybernetics and a member of the UKSS.
In 2008 I moved from a full-time to a fractional appointment at the Open University. In the other fraction I am Professor, Systems for Sustainability at the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI), Monash University, Melbourne, where I lead the Systemic Governance Research Program. ,
As of mid-2014 I am the (co) author or (co) editor of 5 books, 31 book chapters, 100+ refereed papers, numerous other publications, 5 journal special editions and have been an invited Keynote speaker at many international and national conferences.