Dr Grace Muriuki is the Strategic Science Manager at Healthy Land and Water. As Strategic Science Manager, Grace provides a focal point for Healthy Land and Water’s scientific rigour, regional strategy, presence and growth in monitoring and research. She guides a significant portfolio of environmental research and practice for advancing natural resource management. Grace has a passion for the science strategy underpinning natural resource management, especially in a millennium of large and complex threats to sustainable development.
Grace holds a PhD in Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (University of Queensland), a Master of Science, and a Bachelor of Agriculture – Range Management (University of Nairobi, Kenya). She enjoys working with diverse stakeholder networks and is passionate about co-design and the application of science in policy and development. A trans-disciplinary researcher with quantitative, spatial, and social science qualifications, Grace has delivered projects and published widely on natural resources, sustainability, urbanisation, land use, food systems, migration, and energy.
Bringing over twenty years’ experience to the role, Grace has worked in a range of research, program, project management, and consulting roles. Prior to joining Healthy Land and Water she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland’s School of Agriculture and Food Science and Sustainable Minerals Institute and as a Program Manager at the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute. She has held various roles at the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Resource Management and Crime and Corruption Commission and has worked as a Research Scientist at CSIRO. Before that, Grace had worked on resource and agriculture development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Grace is a passionate volunteer in her professional domains, mentoring in culturally and linguistically diverse groups and in the community as a Rotarian.