Dr Brad Ridoutt

Dr Brad Ridoutt

Dr Brad Ridoutt: assessing sustainability for the agriculture and food sectors

Dr Brad Ridoutt is a principal research scientist at CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems. He is experienced at lifecycle-based sustainability assessment to the agriculture and food sectors.

  • 16 March 2010 | Updated 14 October 2011

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History

Overview

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Dr Brad Ridoutt is an expert in water footprinting and has been at the forefront in applying the water footprint concept at the product brand level.

Current activities

Dr Ridoutt's current research applies carbon and water footprinting and other forms of life-cycle-based sustainability assessment to the agriculture and food sectors. 

He uses these tools to address strategic questions relating to climate change, global water scarcity and food security. 

He is also currently a Stream Leader in the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship.

Dr Ridoutt's current research applies carbon and water footprinting and other forms of life-cycle-based sustainability assessment to the agriculture and food sectors.

Background

Dr Ridoutt began his working career with Forintek Canada Corporation as a research scientist.

He then worked with the New Zealand Forest Research Institute as a commercial and market advisor and senior manager where he had general management responsibilities for PAPRO (New Zealand Pulp and Paper Research Organisation).

He joined CSIRO in 2006, under the Ensis joint venture between CSIRO and Scion he developed the A$25.6 million Elite Wood Products Program which he managed until June 2009.

Expertise

Dr Ridoutt's expertise is in:

  • water footprinting
  • lifecycle assessment – analysing carbon, energy and water use from ‘cradle to grave’
  • food production and value chain management.

Achievements & impacts

Dr Ridoutt has:

  • partnered with ETH, Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), in 2008, in the development of a revised calculation method incorporating water stress characterisation factors. This method has now been taken up by the world’s largest food manufacturers (e.g. Nestle, Mars).
  • been an invited speaker at the 2008 Corporate Water Footprint Summit in London and the Water Footprint Network Partner Forum during the 2009 Stockholm World Water Week.
  • presented research at Life Cycle Assessment conferences in Australia and Switzerland, 2009.

Academic qualifications

Dr Ridoutt has been awarded a:

  • Bachelor of Forest Science (Honours, First Class, Top Position), University of Melbourne, Australia, 1992
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1995. His doctoral research, which concerned the physiology of wood formation in Eucalyptus globulus, resulted in a nomination for the University of Melbourne Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in PhD research.

Scientific and professional appointments

Dr Ridoutt is also engaged with a variety of national and international initiatives including:

  • the Australian Life Cycle Initiative Sector Working Group on Agriculture
  • PIMC IDC National Value Chain Group
  • UNEP/SETAC life cycle initiative project
  • Steering Committee directing water footprint research at DEFRA (UK)
  • Scientific Committee for the 7th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector (Italy, 2010).

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