higher education management
I am an regional development and innovation researcher and professional. I focus on the development of higher education systems and innovation systems to build global human capacity. As a teacher I aspire to empower students with a global view, to build activity that has economic value while supporting a sustainable way of life. I am a co-founding board member and Vice President of Innovation at Ikiam University in the Ecuadorian Amazon. I am also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Global Health Equity, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I am the founding board chair of Ikiam E.P. a hybrid corporate entity to support cross-sectoral innovation, and I have previously co-founded a not-for-profit.
My research aims to have positive impact in developed and developing regions through a better understanding of innovation and higher education management. We all seek 'el buen vivir', so how can we aspire to the good life as members of knowledge economies, living in the Anthropocene age?
Prior to my academic career, I was the research development manager of Griffith University in Australia, where I established and led a unit of six managers who secured over $300M in resources within a three year period. Working in research development I helped to establish many large ongoing research centers and programs, including the experimental $70M Cookshire Solar Project in the remote Far North Queensland. Please see my impact page for other highlights. It was my work in research development that led the Ecuadorian Government to request my assistance in founding a university in the Ecuadorian Amazon, for sustainable development and conservation of natural resources. Ikiam University now has over 1000 students, it is growing rapidly and maintains its vision for global sustainability.
higher education management
Please visit my ResearchGate site for more detailed information on my publications and research focuses.
My regional development work began with the establishment of Ikiam University in the Ecuadorian Amazon. I now focus on issues of ethics and diversity in organizational governance, and North-South power asymmetries in cross-institutional research. I aim to have positive impact in low and middle income regions, having high regard for their cultural and regional distinctiveness. Click here for more...
My research in the area of innovation systems and entrepreneurship is focused broadly on the development of regional innovation systems, entrepreneurial business activities and the teaching of entrepreneurship. It aims to seed sustainable enterprises and broad-minded entrepreneurs within knowledge-based societies. Click here for more...
Originally, my academic career began in the field of neuroscience, specialising in neuronal hypoxia tolerance. This industry-funded research focused on neurochemical survival mechanisms during hypoxia, it aimed to seed industry innovation to improve methods for transporting finfish.
Click here to go to my impact page and explore some of the projects that I have established or helped to develop over my career, or visit my LinkedIn site to view my professional background. Everybody needs economic security, and innovation is one pathway to build better livelihoods. However, if we degrade our social or environmental systems in our pursuit of innovation, then we damage ourselves and everyone around us.
In urban Milwaukee, regional Australia to the remote Ecuadorian Amazon, people are innovating in the search for financial freedom. Freedom from rural poverty in a fragile rainforest environment, or freedom from urban poverty due to a constrained employment market. Our collective challenge is to seek economic security in ways that build our social cohesion and support a healthy environment.
The teaching of innovation demands more than the provision of information. Innovation teaching must have context, and that context must inspire students to harness their creativity into entrepreneurial concepts, cognizant of the risks that are inherent with starting new enterprises. The teaching of social innovation requires additional attention. Teachers must inspire students to reach past a typical economic model for business development, to ensure that social and environmental values are also supported.
At Ikiam University we are building an integrated innovation program, interwoven through undergraduate degrees in water, environment, biotech, geosciences, agroecology, biocommerce and sustainable architecture. In-field knowledge provides the grounding for students to be inspired to create new ways of thinking. Their skills grow through experiential learning, within research and innovation projects. We aim for graduates to be more confident to innovate within established companies as intrapreneurs, or to establish their own enterprises.