Associate Professor Cheryl Desha

Director Industry Engagement, School of Engineering & Built Environment, Griffith University
A/Prof Cheryl Desha Associate Professor Cheryl Desha is Theme Leader for the ‘Digital Earth and Resilient Infrastructure’ research agenda, Cities Research Institute (CRI) and Engagement Director (Industry) for the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University (South East Queensland, Australia).

With the reality that “everything is connected and ‘where’ is critical to thriving, now and into the future”, Cheryl is working towards resilient and regenerative cities through enabling evidence-based decision-making that is locally relevant. This involves industry and government partnerships to deliver right-time and right-place decision support, within the context of disaster management.

Cheryl’s research journey has been inspired by the Cynefin Framework approach to decision making (by David Snowden), and Socio-technical Transition Theory (by Frank Geels). She also draws upon her technical training in nature-inspired (biomimetic), nature-loving (biophilic) and place-based (digital-spatial) design.

Cheryl is a Chartered Member of Engineers Australia, and a member of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI). She is a Council member of the International Society of Digital Earth (ISDE) where she co-leads Working Group 2 ‘Industry Partnerships’. She is an Advisory Board member of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), where she sits on the Disasters and Private Sector Network working groups.

In 2020 Cheryl was awarded the Queensland Government’s Individual Champion of Change Award by the Inspector General Emergency Management. In 2020 and 2021 she was a state finalist in the Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year Award.