Understanding the cumulative impacts in our natural resource consumption and management, has important long-term consequences for Australia’s economic, societal and environmental health. Yet many decisions and policies are based on limited amounts of data and rudimentary data analysis, with little appreciation of the critical role that understanding and quantifying uncertainty plays in the process.
The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE) will develop and deliver the data science skills and tools for Australia’s natural resource industries and managers; to be expert users of data and models; to quantify, explain and understand uncertainty; and to make the best possible evidence-based decisions in exploiting and stewarding the nations’ natural resources and environment.
The DARE Centre is a collaborative research centre led by the University of Sydney in partnership with the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Australia and funded under a five-year grant from the Australian Research Council in partnership with industry and government. Our Partner Organisations represent some of Australia’s leading organisations directly involved in natural resource use and management.
In addition, the DARE Centre is collaborating with the UK’s leading data science organisation, the Alan Turing Institute to ensure students have access to the world’s best practice data science, including the opportunity to participate in an exchange program in the UK.
Led by Professor Sally Cripps, the DARE Centre will train PhD candidates in world leading data science through an innovative, collaborative program between industry, government and academia. All students will undertake a cohort-based training program in data science prior to selecting a specific data science project and domain. Data science research projects will be applied against real world challenges through an industry placement program with one of our Partner Organisations.
PhD’s will take place over a three to four-year period including one year on secondment with a Partner Organisation. The DARE Centre will support linkages between industry and academia through industrial training opportunities for higher degree researchers.
The DARE Centre will be supported by an exemplar advisory board of industry, government and academic leaders. The Advisory Board will ensure that the Centre considers key current and emerging issues, delivers economic value for Australia and maintains a strong strategic focus. The Advisory Board will be led by Rob McLean AM.
Rob brings considerable industry experience to the Board as a Director Emeritus from McKinsey and Company where he was Managing Partner for Australia and New Zealand, and a Senior Adviser to the Firm. Rob serves as Chair of The Nature Conservancy Australia Board and as Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy, a director of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and The Centre for Independent Studies. He was the founding Chairman of Social Ventures Australia, a former President of The Benevolent Society and Dean of the Australian Graduate School of Management. In 2011 he became a member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to social welfare, the environment and to business. He holds a first-class honours degree in economic statistics from the University of New England and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.