Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He directed Australia’s Commission for the Future in 1988 and chaired the advisory council that produced the first national report on the state of the environment in 1996. He has filled a wide range of advisory roles in Australia, including serving as a member of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council for twelve years. He is the author of 15 books and over 100 other publications and part of a global working party of the Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, CAETS, devising approaches to meet the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. He has been a reviewer for the IPCC, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and the UNEP study of Resource Efficiency and Economic Outlook for the Asia-Pacific. In 2009, the International Academy of Sciences, Health and Ecology awarded him the Konrad Lorenz Gold Medal for research aimed at a sustainable future.

GTI Contributions
GTI Forum
Population and the Great Transition
Opening essay for GTI Forum The Population Debate Revisited
August 2022

Roundtable contribution on Nuclear Abolition - Ian Lowe
Roundtable
Contribution to GTI Roundtable How to Ban the Bomb
August 2018
Nuclear weapons and nuclear power have always been intertwined, and only radical change will mitigate the joint risks they pose.

Keeping the Lid on Pandora’s Box
Review
Keeping the Lid on Pandora’s Box
August 2014

The widely-aired documentary Pandora’s Promise offers a glowing endorsement of nuclear power as the solution for our climate woes. However, it is too quick to dismiss concerns about reactor safety, waste management, and weapons proliferation—let alone cost.