Ben Heard, Director at ThinkClimate Consulting

As Director of ThinkClimate Consulting Ben has delivered and contributed to a number of major environmental initiatives in South Australia for government, private and not-for profit clients.

His appreciation of the climate crisis forced an evidence-based rethink of his long-held opposition to nuclear power. In early 2011 he delivered a presentation Nuclear Power: From Opponent to Proponent to a strong response.

He has since become a prominent analyst and commentator on matters of nuclear technology. Through a process of research spanning several years,

Ben has developed a high level of generalist knowledge of matters pertaining to nuclear technology including economics of nuclear power, nuclear fuel cycle developments, advanced reactor and recycling technologies, proliferation, and radiation.

Much of this iterative research has been published in in popular print and on-line media including major newspapers. This knowledge has been developed in a framework of environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation which remains a central focus.

He is now undertaking doctoral studies with the University of Adelaide examining pathways for the introduction of nuclear power, and in particular advanced nuclear energy systems, into Australia’s electricity market.

He has delivered units covering climate science, climate adaptation, energy assessment and global sustainability challenges through several units of the Master of Sustainability at the University of Adelaide.

Prior to moving to a climate change specialisation, Ben worked in stakeholder consultation and risk communication.

This role engendered a practical understanding of how the varying perceptions of different hazards inform critical, risk-based decision making as much or more than quantifiable data.

This skill set has been a valuable addition for effective engagement in relation to nuclear technology.