Our people


Steering Committees

In both Australia and Germany, the College has a Steering Committee responsible for allocating PhD scholarships, and for admitting externally-funded PhD students as Associates. The Steering Committee is also responsible for the curriculum and management of the College, and its longer-term evolution.

Advisory Board

The performance control of the College itself will be managed by an external Advisory Board, meeting once a year. The Advisory Board will consist of academic and non-academic figures who are completely removed from PhD supervision, but represent key stakeholders interested in the success of the College - funding agencies, state and federal ministries and scientific personae. The Advisory Board will be formed upon the establishment of the College, with representatives of funding bodies at its core.

A/Prof Malte Meinshausen is the Director of the Australian-German College at The University of Melbourne and is affiliated with Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. He holds a Ph. D. in "Climate Science & Policy", a Diploma in "Environmental Sciences" from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and an M.Sc. in "Environmental Change and Management" from the University of Oxford, UK. Before joining the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in 2006, he was a Post-Doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He has been contributing author to various chapters in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR4). Until May 2011, he was leading the PRIMAP ("Potsdam Real-Time Integrated Model for probabilistic Assessment of emission Path") research group at PIK before relocating to Melbourne. Since 2005, he is a scientific advisor to the German Environmental Ministry related to international climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC. Since 2014, he investigates methods to derive future climate targets for Australia in the context of a Future Fellow ARC project.

Jacyl Shaw

As Acting Director and Director of Engagement, Jacyl oversees the creation and delivery of a suite of programs and activities to foster a culture of innovation at CCI and leads the engagement strategies for current and prospective partners in community, government and industry. Jacyl’s former roles at the University include senior international strategic advisor to the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement, Deputy Director of the Festival of Ideas in 2009 and 2011 and Strategic Adviser to the Director of the Australia India Institute and Director of Asialink Business & Community Partnerships. Jacyl is well known amongst University of Melbourne leaders and industry colleagues for her enthusiasm and tenacity as well as her strategic creativity to ‘boundary span’ and create new interdisciplinary, multi faculty ‘whole of university’ opportunities and benefits. In 2011 Jacyl was awarded the University of Melbourne’s Vice Chancellor’s Professional Staff Award for Engagement. In 2014 she completed her Masters of Enterprise at The University of Melbourne and joined the Board of Melbourne University Publishing. She is currently representing the University in the Committee for Melbourne’s Future Focus Leaders Program. Her other qualifications are a BA and LLB from the University of Melbourne and a LLM from Monash University.

Prof Dr Anders Levermann is Co-chair of Research Domain III, Sustainable Solutions, at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of the Dynamics of the Climate System at the Physics Institute of Potsdam University. Since 2010 he is a lead author of the chapter on sea-level change for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. He is the head of PIK's flagship project TUMBLE, investigating the stability of the great ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the Asian Monsoon and Atlantic overturning circulation. His project-related expertise includes physical dynamics of the climate system; instability in the climate and economic system; and non-linear dynamics of networks.

John Wiseman

John Wiseman is a Professorial Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Research Fellow with the Centre for Policy Development, Sydney. John has worked in a wide range of public sector, academic and community sector settings including as Foundation Director of the McCaughey Centre, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne; Professor of Public Policy, Victoria University; and Assistant Director, Policy Development and Research, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.  The major focus of his current work is on the social and political transformations needed to reduce the risks of runaway climate change and achieve a rapid transition to a just and resilient post carbon future. 

Brendan Gleeson joined Melbourne University in January 2012 as Professor of Urban Policy Studies and then took on the directorship of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute in early 2013. Professor Gleeson came from the position of Deputy Director of the National University of Ireland’s National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis. Prior to that he set up the Urban Research Program at Griffith University and was its inaugural Director. Professor Gleeson has made significant scholarly contributions in urban and social policy, environmental theory and policy, and is a regular commentator in newspapers, television and radio. He has qualifications in geography and urban planning, including a masters degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Professor Gleeson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. He is the author or editor of twelve books, three of which have won national and international prizes, and numerous journal articles. His research interests include urban planning and governance, urban social policy, disability studies, and environmental theory and policy. His recent work has focused on socio-spatial analysis of suburbs, their vulnerability to oil shocks and the need for better public transport options. Gleeson was the inaugural recipient of the John Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues (Allen & Unwin Publishers) leading to the publication of his seminal book Australian Heartlands: Making Space for Hope in the Suburbs. His latest book is The Urban Condition (Routledge, 2014)

Adrian has extensive experience with developing international collaborations as a researcher, policy maker and program administrator. Adrian completed his PhD at James Cook University before leading several projects as a biologist for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. He then joined the International Collaborations unit within the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, helping to establish a number of international agreements and programs in support of international research and collaboration. Adrian commenced in the role as International Research Coordinator at the University of Melbourne in 2010 and has since assisted faculty to establish a range of initiatives designed to improve access to leading international researchers and their respective expertise and infrastructure. Adrian is currently the Senior Advisor for International Research within the Chancellery (Research) at the University.