Professor Ray Ison (Fellow)

Ray Ison leads Monash University Sustainability Institute’s  Systemic Governance Research Program, where he is a Professor of Systems for Sustainability.  He is also based at the UK Open University (OU), where he and colleagues run the STiP (Systems Thinking in Practice) Postgraduate Program. Ray has been Professor of Systems at the OU since 1994 where he has developed an international reputation in Systems scholarship and made significant contributions through his research, teaching and consultancy. Ray works in the areas of systems thinking in practice and social learning, systemic environmental decision making, ‘knowledge transfer’, design of learning/inquiring systems and agricultural systems.

Ray’s work has found practical application in diverse fields including water and river governance, organisational change, staff induction, Higher Education reform, rural development and climate change adaptation. Ray’s most recent book is Systems Practice: How to Act in a Climate Change World. His recent work investigates how social learning could be employed as an alternative governance mechanism for managing complex, or ‘wicked’ situations, particularly water catchments and other multiple stakeholder settings. Ray is a contributing author to CPD’s 2010 book More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now. Ray’s chapter Governance that works brings systems thinking to public service reform. You can read more at Ray’s blog.