Dr Wayne Dean's research and scholarship interests are focussed on the systemic connections between: anthropogenic climate change; energy; water; waste; food and fibre; air soil and water degradation; biodiversity loss; fossil fuel depletion; renewables and human well-being. A novel theory—the Principles of Redundancy—was developed in my doctoral thesis to explain the concepts of order, development, complexity, emergence and stability, in an entropic universe. The theory was applied to the multi-scaled real world problems which arise when planetary boundaries are overrun by the act of living prosperous lives.
Prior to the PhD, he worked as a researcher with Melbourne University's School of Land and Food Resources, on a rural education and extension program that facilitates landholders in the design, establishment and management of vegetation. Wayne also worked at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Studies (AIATSIS) in the Native Title research theme, and as a researcher at Australian National University where he conducted field studies to examine the interplay between village agriculture and international trade in the island of Cheju in South Korea.
Associate Diploma of International Trade RMIT University, 1995.
Bachelor of Arts, (Hons) University of Melbourne, 1999
Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University, 2015