Dr Cameron Ian Allen
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Cameron Ian Allen

PhD, MPhil, MEM, BSci, BBus

Sch: Civil & Environmental Eng

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.


  • Journal articles | 2021
    Wiedmann T; Allen C, 2021, 'City footprints and SDGs provide untapped potential for assessing city sustainability', Nature Communications, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-23968-2
    Journal articles | 2021
    Allen C; Smith M; Rabiee M; Dahmm H, 2021, 'A review of scientific advancements in datasets derived from big data for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals', Sustainability Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-00982-3
    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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.2164
    Journal articles | 2021
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T; Pedercini M, 2021, 'Modelling national transformations to achieve the SDGs within planetary boundaries in small island developing states', Global Sustainability, vol. 4, pp. 1 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/sus.2021.13
    Journal articles | 2020
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Verburg P; Akhtar-Schuster M; Inacio da Cunha M; Sanchez Santivañez M, 2020, 'Delivering an enabling environment and multiple benefits for land degradation neutrality: Stakeholder perceptions and progress', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 114, pp. 109 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.07.029
    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, vol. 15, pp. 521 - 538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-019-00711-x
    Journal articles | 2019
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T; Pedercini M, 2019, 'Greater gains for Australia by tackling all SDGs but the last steps will be the most challenging', Nature Sustainability, vol. 2, pp. 1041 - 1050, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0409-9
    Journal articles | 2019
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T, 2019, 'Prioritising SDG targets: assessing baselines, gaps and interlinkages', Sustainability Science, vol. 14, pp. 421 - 438, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-018-0596-8
    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, vol. 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, vol. 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, vol. 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, vol. 66, pp. 199 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.09.008
  • Other | 2019
    Allen C; Metternicht G; Wiedmann T, 2019, We modelled 4 scenarios for Australia’s future. Economic growth alone can’t deliver the goods, https://theconversation.com/we-modelled-4-scenarios-for-australias-future-economic-growth-alone-cant-deliver-the-goods-126823