David Griggs

David Griggs

David Griggs

David is an adjunct Professor of Sustainable Development at Monash University in Australia and an Honorary Professor at Warwick University in the UK.

From 2016 to 2018 David established and then was Director of the Warwick Institute for Global Sustainable Development. From 2007 to 2015 David was Director of the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI) – now Monash Sustainable Development Institute. In 2008 he also established and became CEO of ClimateWorks Australia (CWA, now Climateworks Centre), an independent research-based non-profit organisation committed to catalysing greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Previous positions he held include UK Met Office Deputy Chief Scientist, Director of the Hadley Centre for Climate Change, and Head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessment unit. David was heavily involved in the development of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including representing the Science and Technology Major Group in the SDG negotiations at the United Nations. Dave is currently working with the Royal Commission for Riyadh City developing and implementing an environmental sustainability strategy for Riyadh.

David is a past vice-chair of the World Climate Research Programme and a member of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation. He was a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). David was awarded the Vilho Vaisala award (World Meteorological Organization) in 1992 and a 2014 WME Leaders List Award which honours individuals who have provided extraordinary environment leadership. He is currently the President of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Select Publications


Stanley, J.R., Birrell, R.J., Brain, P., Carey, M.G., Duffy, M., Ferraro, S., Fisher, S., Griggs, D.J., Hall, A., Kestin, T., Macmillan, C., Manning, I., Martin, H., Rapson, V.J., Spencer, M., Stanley, C., Steffen, W., Symmons, M.A., Wright, W., 2013, What Would a Climate-Adapted Settlement Look Like in 2030? A Case Study of Inverloch and Sandy Point, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Southport Qld Australia.

Watson, R.T., Albritton, D.L., Barker, T., Bashmakov, I., Canziani, O.F., Christ, R., Cubasch, U., Davidson, O.R., Gitay, H., Griggs, D.J., Halsnaes, K., Houghton, J.T., House, J.I., Kundzewicz, Z.W., Lal, M., Leary, N., Magadza, C., McCarthy, J.J., Mitchell, J.F.B., Moreira, J.R., Munasinghe, M.,      Noble,      I., Pachauri, R.K., Pittock, B., Prather, M.J., Richels, R.G., Robinson, J.B., Sathaye, J., Schneider, S., Scholes, R., Stocker, T., Sundararaman, N., Swart, R.J., Taniguchi, T., Zhou, D.W., 2001, Climate Change 2001: Synthesis Report. A Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

Houghton, J.T., Ding, Y., Griggs, D.J., Noguer, M., van der Linden, P.J., Dai, X., Maskell, K., Johnson, C.A., 2001, Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

Book Chapters

Albritton, D.L., Filho, L.M., Cubasch, U., Dai, X., Griggs, D.J., Hewitson, B., Houghton, J.T., Isaksen, I., Karl, T., McFarland, M., Meleshko, V.P., Mitchell, J.F.B., Noguer, M., Nyenzi, B.S., Oppenheimer, M., Penner, J.E., Pollonais, S., Stocker, T., Trenberth, K.E., 2001, Technical Summary, in Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, eds Houghton, J.T., Y. Ding, D.J. Griggs, M. Noguer, P.J. van der Linden, X. Dai, K. Maskell and C.A. Johnson, Cambridge University Press,      Cambridge,      United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

Journal Articles

Griggs, D.J., Stafford-Smith, M., Gaffney, O., Rockstrom, J., Ohman, M.C., Shyamsundar, P., Steffen, W., Glaser, G., Kanie, N., Noble, I., 2013, Sustainable development goals for people and planet, Nature [P], vol 495, issue 7441, Nature Publishing Group (NPG), London UK, pp. 305-307.

Lynch, A.H., Griggs, D.J., Joachim, L., Walker, J., 2013, The role of the Yorta Yorta people in clarifying the common interest in sustainable management of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, Policy Sciences [P], vol 46, Springer, New York NY USA, pp. 109-123.

Read, P.A., Stanley, J.R., Vella-Brodrick, D.A., Griggs, D.J., 2013, Towards a contraction and convergence target based on population life expectancies since 1960, Environment, Development and Sustainability: a multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of sustainable development [P], vol 15, issue 5, Springer, Dordrecht Netherlands, pp. 1173-1187.

Griggs, D., Kestin, T., 2011, Bridging the gap between climate scientists and decision makers, Climate Research [P], vol 47, Inter-Research, Luhe Germany, pp. 139-144.

Folland, C.K., Griggs, D.J., Houghton, J.T., 2004, History of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Weather [P], vol 59, issue 11, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 317-323.