Professor Clark will focus on evaluating the potential role of shale gas in Australia’s reduced carbon footprint energy mix. This will include assessing the environmental impact of shale gas extraction and developing responsible strategies and policy recommendations.
Professor Clark was appointed Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist and Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in 2008 – a post he held until October 2011.
His distinctions include being twice named as an Australian Government Federation Fellow, and receiving both the Australian Defence Medal and the Australian Centenary Medal.
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Les Field said “UNSW is a leader in the energy area; we see this new Chair making a substantial contribution to the ongoing debate about how Australia can best meet the challenge of a clean energy future.Article continues below…
“No-one is better equipped to take on this challenge than Bob Clark. He brings to the role not only impeccable academic qualifications but an impressive track record in strategic management and policy development as well as a close knowledge of the workings of government and industry,” Professor Field said.