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Biographical entry Syme, Geoffrey

Educator, Psychologist and Water supply expert


Geoffrey Syme is human decision making and natural resource management and has worked particularly in the area of water supply analysis and management. Within his role at CSIRO Land and Water, he founded the Australian Research Centre for Water in Society (1996), and has been director of the Australian Research Centre for Water in Society (1992 to 2001) and of Water Security and Sustainable Communities (2002 to 2008).



Education - PhD in social psychology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Career position - Post-doctoral fellow, Ruakura Agricultural Research Centre, Hamilton New Zealand
1974 - 1976
Career position - Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Western Australia, Nedlands
Career event - Joined CSIRO Division of Land Use Research
Career event - Appointed Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, Western Australia
1988 - 1996
Career position - Co-Director, CSIRO/Curtin Research Centre for Applied Psychology
1992 - 2001
Career position - Director of the Australian Research Centre for Water in Society, CSIRO Land and Water
Award - Co-winner of the Inaugural AWWA Peter Hughes Water Award for research to promote water conservation in Australia
Award - CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement
Award - Robin Winkler Award (Australian Psychological Society)
Career event - Founded the Australian Research Centre for Water in Society
2002 - 2006
Career position - Director, Water Security and Sustainable Communities, CSIRO Land and Water
2006 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor School of Natural and Rural Systems Management, University of Queensland
2008 -
Career position - Professor of Planning at Edith Cowan University in Perth

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