Healthy Land and Water is excited to announce the appointment of new Science Strategy Manager, Dr Grace Muriuki. As Science Strategy 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. She is responsible for ensuring Healthy Land and Water’s delivery is influenced by science, and in turn, influences science.
Grace holds a PhD in Geography, Planning, and Environmental Management (University of Queensland), a Master of Science, a Bachelor of Agriculture – Range Management (University of Nairobi, Kenya), and is an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Queensland. She has experience working with diverse stakeholders and is passionate about co-design and the application of science in policy and development. A truly 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, the Sustainable Minerals Institute and as a Program Manager at 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 as a Research Scientist for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Previously, Grace worked on resource and agriculture development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a passionate volunteer in her professional domains, mentoring in culturally and linguistically diverse groups and in the community as a Rotarian.
We are delighted Grace has joined the Healthy Land and Water team and look forward to the fresh perspective and wealth of experience she brings to the role. We are excited about the valuable contributions she will make to important decision making and investment in natural resource management in South East Queensland.