Prof Damien Giurco, Director (Innovation), Institute for Sustainable Futures

University of Technology Sydney (NEW SOUTH WALES)


Damien Giurco is Professor of Resource Futures and Director (Innovation) at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS),  a research institute that has been creating change towards sustainable futures by conducting independent project-based research since 1997.

His passion for research is centred on resource stewardship. He is leader of the Wealth from Waste Cluster, a multi-university collaboration researching pathways to activate the circular economy for metals in Australia and beyond. The cluster has focussed on 'mining' above ground resources, which are the metals contained in collections of discarded manufacturing products and consumer goods. 

Damien is Chair of the Energy Storage Working Group for the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative, serves on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the NSW Container Deposit Scheme and is editor-in-chief for the journal Resources.

With a focus on strategies for responsible prosperity, Damien has worked collaboratively with government and industry clients spanning the minerals, water, waste and energy sectors to create change towards sustainable futures in a digital age.

Damien leads a team researching the future role of smart metering in sustainable urban water futures in the Smart Metering for Urban Water ARC-Linkage project with MidCoast Water, which is being augmented through a Griffith University-led partnership with Melbourne Utilities. The project aims to understand how to interpret dynamic information on water use and the effect on both householder behaviours and water management by utilities.

At Powering the change Damien will be sharing outcomes from the Wealth from Waste Cluster at an engaging breakfast session at the South Australian Drill Core Reference Library.

Damien Giurco will be moderating at the breakfast session: Precious metals: 'urban mining' and discovering wealth in waste.