Heinz Schandl is a senior principal scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, based in Canberra, Australia where he leads the social systems research group and research on sustainable use of natural resources. His research links social theory, social metabolism and public policy to explore pathways for sustainable consumption and production and green economy based on measuring and modelling sustainability, and policy analysis. He is the lead author of Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for Asia and the Pacific commissioned by the UNEP Office in Bangkok and has been a consultant for the OECD, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
He is an adjunct associate professor at the Australian National University, School of Sociology and a permanent visiting professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University in Japan. He is a council member of the International Society of Industrial Ecology, chairing its Socio-Economic Metabolism section; associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology; and editorial board member for the Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management. He is a member of the UNCRD expert group of the Regional 3R Forum in Asia and vice-chair of the Gordon Research Conference for Industrial Ecology.
He has extensive experience in project leadership and in providing research that informs public policy in the domain of sustainable natural resource use and sustainable development with a focus on Asia and the Pacific.