Professor Ian Lowe is an emeritus professor in the School of Science at Griffith University in Queensland, as well as an adjunct professor at Queensland's Sunshine Coast University and South Australia's Flinders University.

He is a patron of Sustainable Population Australia Australia and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Australia's largest environment and conservation group. He was influential in the ACF's development of it's report 'Better Than Growth', and has recently released a book 'Bigger or Better? Australia's Population Debate'.

His principal research interests are in policy decisions influencing the use of energy, science and technology; energy use in industrialised countries; large-scale environmental issues and sustainable development. Professor Lowe has been appointed to the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and is a consultant to the CSIRO Division of Sustainable Ecosystems. He chaired an Australian government advisory council that produced the first national report on the state of the environment in 1996. In 1988 he was Director of the Commission for the Future, and was named Australian Humanist of the Year.

Lowe was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to science and technology and for contributing to public understanding of environmental issues. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2002 for contributions to environmental science and won the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science.

Lowe has authored or co-authored 10 books, 10 Open University books, more than 50 book chapters and over 500 other publications. He wrote a regular column for New Scientist for over 13 years. He is a member of the Queensland Climate Change Council, the Australian Environmental Health Council and the Australian Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council.

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