Dr David Ness, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Natural and Built Environments


David Ness is Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia. His research focuses on resource-efficient building and infrastructure systems and the circular economy, collaborating with its founder Prof Walter Stahel.

David leads the UniSA team that won the ARUP Global Research Grant 2017 to adapt circular economy principles to the built environment, through a project aimed at reusing building components.

He has developed conceptual models on ‘doing more with less', delivering more services with less resource consumption via product-service systems. His research also encompasses integrated infrastructure systems, which led to his appointment as UN consultant on resource efficient infrastructure.

David's article on ‘Towards a Resource-Efficient Built Environment’ was recently published in Journal of Industrial Ecology (Yale) Special Issue on circular economy.

Previously he was employed by the South Australian Government within the fields of architecture, project management and asset management. 

David Ness will be speaking at the sessions Reshaping our built environment - part 2 and Circular economy in our built environment.