Hedley Grantham
Bush Heritage and University of NSW

Dr Hedley GranthamHedley Grantham

Associate Professor, University of New South Wales

Chief Scientist, Bush Heritage Australia

See Dr Granthams’ full research profile here.

E:hedley.grantham@bushheritage.org.au, hgrantham@unsw.edu.au

Research outputs linked to policy change and decision-making

  • Dr Grantham has published extensively on conservation planning (land, freshwater and marine), and has worked directly on applied conservation planning projects in over 30 countries globally.
  • He has worked extensively on climate adaptation including leading the development of a vulnerability assessment for northern Afghanistan. Currently working on a new NESP project ‘developing a culturally relevant framework for climate adaptation and resilient landscapes.’
  • He has led the development of the Forest Landscape Integrity Index, which is now used by countries and businesses globally to help make decisions around forests. This include conservation funds (e.g. Rainforest Trust) using it to help direct funds for forest conservation projects.
  • He has worked on Red List of Ecosystems and Key Biodiversity Areas identification including assessments in Myanmar, Mozambique, and Central Africa.
  • Published scientific papers on and applied various technical assessments and tools for projects on impact assessment and mitigation hierarchy, REDD+, HCV assessments (e.g. FSC), natural capital accounting, and green growth strategies.

Current academic employment and positions

  • 2021–present: Associate Professor, University of New South Wales
  • 2021–present: Chief Scientist of Bush Heritage Australia

Highest qualification

  • 2009: PhD, University of Queensland.

Links with non-government groups or networks

  • Worked for NGOs, Bush Heritage Australia, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy.


  • Co-lead IUCN WCPA Special Taskforce on Spatial Planning
  • IUCN Green List of Ecosystems Working Group
  • IUCN Key Biodiversity Areas (Technical Working Group)
  • Marxan Expert Advisory Group
  • Wildseek committee member (QUT, Landcare – Drones and Koalas)
  • Climate Ready Revegetation Chair
  • Restoration Decade Alliance committee member
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Ecology

Past roles:

  • IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Partnership
  • IUCN Taskforce on High Seas Conservation.
  • UNSD working group on biodiversity accounting, pilot testing Forest Accounts.
  • IPBES Working Group 4 (c) participant Catalogue of policy support tools.
  • GEOBON member, policy working group
  • Member of 4 SNAPP working groups
  • Member of 5 NCEAS working groups
  • UNDP Essential Life Service Areas expert advisory group


My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP RLH, 2021-2027NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present