Dr Cameron Allen

Dr Cameron Allen

Adjunct Lecturer

PhD, MPhil, MEM, BSci, BBus

Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr Cameron Allen is a sustainability scientist and international expert in sustainable development and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Cameron applies his expertise in systems thinking, scenario planning, integrated assessment modelling and transformation research to demonstrate how the SDGs can be used as a blueprint to guide policy and investment decisions that deliver a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable future. Cameron’s research responds to growing demand from governments, business, and other stakeholders to better understand and navigate an increasingly complex and uncertain future which is being shaped by interrelated shocks and megatrends.

Cameron has close to 20 years professional experience working with research institutions, the United Nations, the Australian Government and international NGOs and organizations. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UNSW, Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute, and Senior Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Cameron supported the intergovernmental negotiations on the SDGs at the UN and worked as a UN advisor on green economy, environmental management and statistics. He also worked as a manager and policy advisor in the Australian Department of Climate Change and Department of Environment, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the NSW Government.

Cameron’s research and work are interdisciplinary with a focus on practical problem solving and actionable science. His qualifications include a PhD and MPhil in sustainable development, a Master of Environmental Management, and Bachelor degrees in business and science. Cameron has published widely in the fields of sustainable development, environmental science and policy, and sustainability science.

  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Allen C; Breuer A; Kercher J; Balasubramanian P; Leininger J; Gadgil A, 2022, 'The role of good governance in reducing poverty and inequality: Evidence from a scoping review of interlinkages between SDGs 16, 10, and 1', in Governing the Interlinkages between the SDGs: Approaches, Opportunities and Challenges, pp. 30 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003254683-3
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Allen C; Biddulph A; Wiedmann T; Pedercini M; Malekpour S, 2024, 'Modelling six sustainable development transformations in Australia and their accelerators, impediments, enablers, and interlinkages', Nature Communications, 15, pp. 594, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-44655-4
    Journal articles | 2024
    Allen C; Malekpour S, 2024, 'Correction to: Unlocking and accelerating transformations to the SDGs: a review of existing knowledge (Sustainability Science, (2023), 18, 4, (1939-1960), 10.1007/s11625-023-01342-z)', Sustainability Science, 19, pp. 675, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-024-01473-x
    Journal articles | 2023
    Allen C; Malekpour S; Mintrom M, 2023, 'Cross-scale, cross-level and multi-actor governance of transformations toward the Sustainable Development Goals: A review of common challenges and solutions', Sustainable Development, 31, pp. 1250 - 1267, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.2495
    Journal articles | 2023
    Allen C; Malekpour S, 2023, 'Unlocking and accelerating transformations to the SDGs: a review of existing knowledge', Sustainability Science, 18, pp. 1939 - 1960, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-023-01342-z
    Journal articles | 2023
    Bennich T; Persson Å; Beaussart R; Allen C; Malekpour S, 2023, 'Recurring patterns of SDG interlinkages and how they can advance the 2030 Agenda', One Earth, 6, pp. 1465 - 1476, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2023.10.008
    Journal articles | 2023
    Goodwin K; Allen C; Teh SH; Li M; Fry J; Lenzen M; Farrelly S; Leon C; Lewis S; Chen G; Schandl H; Wiedmann T, 2023, 'Targeting 1.5 degrees with the global carbon footprint of the Australian Capital Territory', Environmental Science and Policy, 144, pp. 137 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2023.03.006
    Journal articles | 2023
    Malekpour S; Allen C; Sagar A; Scholz I; Persson Å; Miranda JJ; Bennich T; Dube OP; Kanie N; Madise N; Shackell N; Montoya JC; Pan J; Hathie I; Bobylev SN; Agard J; Al-Ghanim K, 2023, 'What scientists need to do to accelerate progress on the SDGs', Nature, 621, pp. 250 - 254, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/d41586-023-02808-x
    Journal articles | 2022
    Allen C; Oldfield P; Teh SH; Wiedmann T; Langdon S; Yu M; Yang J, 2022, 'Modelling ambitious climate mitigation pathways for Australia's built environment', Sustainable Cities and Society, 77, pp. 103554, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.103554
    Journal articles | 2022
    Broadbent G; Allen C; Wiedmann T; Metternicht G, 2022, 'The role of electric vehicles in decarbonising Australia's road transport sector: modelling ambitious scenarios', Energy Policy, 168, pp. 113144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2022.113144
    Journal articles | 2022
    Broadbent GH; Allen CI; Wiedmann T; Metternicht GI, 2022, 'Accelerating electric vehicle uptake: Modelling public policy options on prices and infrastructure', Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 162, pp. 155 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2022.05.012
    Journal articles | 2021
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T, 2021, 'Priorities for science to support national implementation of the sustainable development goals: A review of progress and gaps', Sustainable Development, 29, pp. 635 - 652, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.2164
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wiedmann T; Allen C, 2021, 'City footprints and SDGs provide untapped potential for assessing city sustainability', Nature Communications, 12, pp. 3758, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23968-2
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'A review of scientific advancements in datasets derived from big data for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-00982-3
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Modelling national transformations to achieve the SDGs within planetary boundaries in small island developing states', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/sus.2021.13
    Journal articles | 2020
    Allen C; Reid M; Thwaites J; Glover R; Kestin T, 2020, 'Assessing national progress and priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): experience from Australia', Sustainability Science, 15, pp. 521 - 538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-019-00711-x
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Delivering an enabling environment and multiple benefits for land degradation neutrality: Stakeholder perceptions and progress', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.07.029
    Journal articles | 2019
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T, 2019, 'Prioritising SDG targets: assessing baselines, gaps and interlinkages', Sustainability Science, 14, pp. 421 - 438, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0596-8
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Greater gains for Australia by tackling all SDGs but the last steps will be the most challenging', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0409-9
    Journal articles | 2018
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T, 2018, 'Initial progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a review of evidence from countries', Sustainability Science, 13, pp. 1453 - 1467, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0572-3
    Journal articles | 2017
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T, 2017, 'An Iterative Framework for National Scenario Modelling for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)', Sustainable Development, 25, pp. 372 - 385, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.1662
    Journal articles | 2017
    Allen C; Nejdawi R; El-Baba J; Hamati K; Metternicht GI; Wiedmann T, 2017, 'Indicator-based assessment of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a case study from the Arab region', Sustainability Science, 12, pp. 975 - 989, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0437-1
    Journal articles | 2016
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T, 2016, 'National pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A comparative review of scenario modelling tools', Environmental Science and Policy, 66, pp. 199 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.09.008
  • Preprints | 2023
    Allen C; Biddulph A; Wiedmann T; Pedercini M; Malekpour S, 2023, Modelling six sustainable development transformations and their accelerators, impediments, enablers, and interlinkages, , http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-2437723/v1
    Reports | 2021
    2021, ACT OCSE Investigation into Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Report on Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions of the Australian Capital Territory
    Preprints |
    Broadbent G; Allen CI; Wiedmann T; Metternicht GI, Accelerating Electric Vehicle Uptake: Modelling Public Policy Options on Prices and Infrastructure, , http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3985500