National pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): scenario analysis and quantitative modelling to support national SDG planning
Cameron Allen is an international sustainable development expert and PhD researcher at UNSW. Cameron has 15 years of experience working in sustainable development and environmental management with previous positions with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Geneva, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in New York, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) in Beirut, the Australian Government, WWF-International, and the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. Cameron spent several years working with the United Nations on the development and implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as green economy. Cameron currently works with the Australian Bureau of Statistics in international capacity building in the Indo-Pacific region. Cameron holds a Master of Philosophy, Master of Environmental Management, Bachelor of Environmental Science, and Bachelor of Business. Cameron also speaks excellent Spanish and basic French and Arabic.
Cameron’s research interests are in the fields of sustainable development, climate change, food-energy-water nexus, international development, national development planning, indicators, scenario modelling and quantitative analysis. Cameron’s PhD research focuses on implementation and follow-up to the recently-adopted SDGs and Agenda 2030. With both developed and developing countries now turning their attention to implementation of the SDGs, Cameron aims to fill a key knowledge gap and emerging area of research regarding the effective application of scenario analysis and quantitative modelling to support national SDG planning. In particular, his research applies different scenario modelling approaches (e.g. backcasting and ‘wind tunnelling’) to enable countries to select the most effective and appropriate pathways towards achieving their priority targets and goals, as well as into the capabilities of leading contemporary models to support decision making in both developed and developing country contexts.
Primary Supervisor: Professor Graciela Metternicht
Secondary Supervisor: Associate Professor Tommy Wiedmann
Allen C, Metternicht G, Weidmann T (2016) ‘National pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A comparative review of scenario modelling tools’, Environmental Science and Policy, Vol 66, December 2016, pp199-207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.09.008
Allen C, Metternicht G, Weidmann T (forthcoming) ‘An iterative framework for national scenario modelling for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’, Sustainable Development, manuscript accepted for publication in 2016.
Allen C, Nejdawi R, El-Baba J, Hamati K, Metternict G, Weidmann T (forthcoming) ‘Indicator-based assessments of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a case study of the Arab region’, Sustainability Science, manuscript submitted for publication.
Allen C (2016) National pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a comparative review of scenario modelling tools, theses dissertation, UNSW Faculty of Science, Sydney, Australia, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/56773
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia and United Nations Environment Programme (2016) Arab Sustainable Development Report, United Nations, Beirut.