Dr George Quezada: catalysing a new urbanism

  • 11 October 2010 | Updated 5 September 2013

Current activities

Dr Quezada is an innovation scientist with the CSIRO, undertaking research on how organisational and industry structures and related institutions shape systems for energy and water supply and sanitation, and what may enable the rapid transition to a sustainable, resilient and resource efficient future. 

Dr Quezada is also championing the establishment of Australia’s first R&D program on urban planning and development with innovative government land owners, urban development authorities and private and public property developers.

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 inform the design of innovative social systems that align with sustainable development objectives, and that ultimately support the emergence of 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 innovative government land owners, urban development authorities and private and public property developers.

Background

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.

Academic qualifications

Dr Quezada was awarded a Philosophy Doctorate in the field of Organisational Psychology from The University of Queensland (UQ). He also completed a Bachelor of Science with first class honours at UQ.

Achievements

Since joining the CSIRO in 2009, Dr Quezada has:

  • Established an innovative social science agenda on urban infrastructure transitions
  • Conducted social research on new and emerging energy and water technologies
  • Project managed complex multi-million dollar projects
  • Authored and co-authored numerous technical reports, journal and conference papers.

He is a member of the Societal Transitions Research Network and the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere, and an affiliate of Transform Australia.

Read more about the research undertaken by CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.