Academic speakers at the conference


Professor Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Professor Hughes is a Councilor with the Climate Council of Australia. Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems.

Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp is a theologian, author and academic and the founding director of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation at Charles Sturt University (CSU). He is the executive director of Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA) and a Research Fellow of the Centre at the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre, Charles Sturt University.

Dr Miriam Pepper has been working with churches, other faith groups and community groups on climate change and the environment for 15 years. She is a member of the Uniting Church’s Uniting Eco Group and Uniting Earth Ministry Support Group. She is a founder of ARRCC and part of the Faith Ecology Network. Miriam is a researcher at National Christian Life Survey (NCLS) Research and she is also a Research Fellow at the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre, Charles Sturt University.

Dr James Whelan works as a community educator and campaigner with nongovernment and grassroots community and environment groups on campaigns for social and environmental justice. As a researcher and lecturer, he has been engaged by several Australian universities and has published widely on participatory democracy, environmental politics, popular education and social movements.

Workshop sessions will be facilitated by James Whelan (mentioned above), Josh Creaser from Tipping Point, Tejopala Rawls who is ARRCC’s community organiser, Thea Ormerod who is ARRCC’s President, and a number of talented community leaders from within the ARRCC network.