Researcher biography

Dr Ray Maher is Lecturer in Design (Built Environment) at the School of Architecture, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland. Ray collaborates broadly across institutions while leading research and capacity-building projects with government and industry. His work focuses on sustainable development strategy, urban development and design, Sustainable Development Goals, decision-support tools, circular economy, and addressing 'wicked' problems using systems, design, and futures thinking. Ray's research is engagement-focused, interdisciplinary, and applied, which builds the capacity of stakeholders.

Ray is Lead Chief Investigator on research funding totalling over $1m, and a Chief Investigator on research funding totalling over $5m. He has 31 traditional and non-traditional research outputs with state, national, and regional impact.