Researcher biography

Dr Sarah de Vries is an experienced policy practitioner within the Department of Environment and Science, where she currently works with on the policy, legislative, First Nations and management aspects of World Heritage. Sarah has worked in various policy roles in the Queensland and Victorian Governments, relating to climate change, biodiversity, urban planning and community development.

With a background in design and planning, Sarah brings this lens to public policy challenges– seeking to optimise policy design for environmental and social outcomes. In 2021, Sarah completed her PhD at UQ, which focused on the role of local government in environmental advocacy. Her current research interests include the development of public policy responses for better managing human and environmental systems to achieve more circular economies.