Dr George Quezada: catalysing a new urbanism
Dr George Quezada applies innovation process theory to major urban challenges.
11 October 2010 | Updated 26 April 2012
Dr Quezada is an innovation scientist with the CSIRO, undertaking research on how people and institutions create systems for energy and water supply, and what may enable the rapid transition to a sustainable, resilient and resource efficient future.
His research is anchored around the interplay of diverse actors involved in developing and governing urban areas, including energy and water infrastructure.
In practice, the aim of this research is to design social systems that enable sustainable urban development, and ultimately towns and cities that behave more like living systems, closing resource loops and adapting more responsively to social and environmental signals.
Dr Quezada is also championing the establishment of Australia’s first R&D program on urban planning and development with Queensland’s Urban Land Development Authority.
Prior to CSIRO, George was an organisational psychologist working in applied research and professional practice settings.
His research centred on the management of innovation in R&D organisations and knowledge-service firms, while most of his professional practice was within the engineering and infrastructure sector, undertaking organisational reviews and improvement projects, and building effective teams and leadership capability.
Dr Quezada was awarded a Philosophy Doctorate in the field of Organistional Psychology from The University of Queensland (UQ). He also completed a Bachelor of Science with first class honours at UQ.
Since joining the CSIRO in 2009, Dr Quezada has:
- Conducted social research on new and emerging energy technologies, including electric vehicles
- Assisted with the establishment of major international research collaborations
- Authored and co-authored numerous technical reports, journal and conference papers.
He is a member of the Societal Transitions Research Network and the Milleunium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere, and an Affiliate of Bond University’s proposed Centre for Terotechnology and of Transform Australia.
Read more about the research undertaken by CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.