ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Barney Foran

 Barney Foran

Barney Foran covers the big picture sustainability issues of energy, greenhouse, human population, lifestyle, water, biodiversity and land use. Currently he focuses on future designs for Australia's economy that will ensure moderate rates of economic productivity and energy security combined with the rapid transition to a low carbon economy. The Powerful Choices study testing some of these options has been recently been released. Barney has degrees in agriculture and ecology which led to professional eras spanning rangeland ecology, agricultural systems, environmental science and long term analysis of Australia's physical economy. He led research teams in CSIRO's Resource Futures group which produced long term analyses of Australia's physical economy focusing on human population (Future Dilemmas), marine fisheries (Fish Futures), land and water (Decision Points) and a TBL analysis of the Australian economy (Balancing Act).

Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Queensland, 1968
Master of Science (Agriculture), University of Natal, South Africa, 1976

Technical Reports

G20 ResourceForan, B.,Lenzen, M., Moran, D., Alsamawi, A., Geschke, A., Kanemoto, K.,  (2014) Balancing the G20's Global Impact Resources Twenty Reports

Peer Reviewed Papers

Floyd, J., Alexander, S., Lenzen, M., Moriarty, P., Palmer, G., Chandra-Shekeran, S., Foran, B., & Keyßer, L. (2020) Energy descent as a post-carbon transition scenario: How ‘knowledge humility’ reshapes energy futures for post-normal times, Futures 122.

Foran, B., Smith, M. S., Burnside, D., Andrew, M., Blesing, D., Forrest, K., & Taylor, J. (2019) Australian rangeland futures: Time now for systemic responses to interconnected challenges. Rangeland Journal, 4: 271-292.

Roberts, S. H., Foran, B. D., Axon, C. J., Warr, B. S., & Goddard, N. H. (2018) Consequences of selecting technology pathways on cumulative carbon dioxide emissions for the United Kingdom. Applied Energy, 228, 409-425. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.06.078

Lenzen, M., Malik, A. & Foran, B. (2016). Reply to Schandl et al., 2016, JCLEPRO and Hatfield-Dodds et al., 2015, Nature: How challenging is decoupling for Australia? Journal of Cleaner Production 139, 796-798

Lenzen, M., Moran, D., Kanemoto, K.,Foran, B., Lobefaro, L., & Geschke, A. (2012) International trade drives biodiversity threats in developing nations. Nature486:109–112 doi:10.1038/nature11145

Foran, B. (2011) Low carbon options for Australia. Ecological Modelling 223, 72-80

Foran, B. (2011) A bigger Australia teeters on the edge: comparing the 2010 'physical implications' and 2002 'future dilemmas' studies of population growth options. People and Place, 18 (4) 50-60


Foran, B., (2020) Quarterly Essay Issue 78 Correspondence ‘Cry Me a River The Tragedy of the Murray-Darling Basin. Margaret Simmons’