Dr Chris Stokes is a systems scientist with CSIRO at the Australian Tropical Science & Innovation Precinct, Townsville, Australia. He was recruited to CSIRO in 2000 to foster multi-disciplinary research for guiding complex natural resource management decisions, serving as a bridge to develop research approaches that could more effectively integrate and harness diverse disciplines across tropical agriculture and socioeconomics. Currently Chris’s main role is in leading the socioeconomic and agricultural viability components of large multi-disciplinary assessments of water infrastructure development options for northern Australia to provide impartial advice to governments and other stakeholders in this highly contested space. His work assesses the economic viability of potential water infrastructure developments, together with associated social dimensions, as a means of distilling complex technical information into metrics that are relevant for real-world water policy and investment decisions.

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