Anne Steinemann was Professor of Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Infrastructure, at James Cook University, with a dual appointment as Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne. She currently serves as an Honorary Professor at both universities.

She is internationally recognised for her expertise in engineering and sustainability, with research in healthy buildings and environments, climate-related hazards, disaster risk reduction, product emissions and effects, and safe and resilient infrastructure. She is passionate about improving life in tropical environments, and bringing together people from across disciplines and society to address challenges and create globally relevant and adaptable solutions.

Professor Steinemann serves as adviser to governments and industries around the world, and has directed more than $24 million in competitive research funding. Her work has resulted in new federal and state legislation, agency policies, and industry practices.  An interdisciplinary scholar, she has published articles in leading journals in engineering, sciences, policy, planning, and public health, as well as two textbooks: Microeconomics for Public Decisions, and Exposure Analysis. She received the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and teaching awards at the college, university, and national levels.

Professor Steinemann has been named each year in Stanford University’s list of the "top 2% of scientists and engineers worldwide."

In addition to academic recognition, her research and journal articles have received significant international media coverage, spanning more than 2,000 major newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, and web-based outlets across six continents, with an estimated global reach of more than 600 million people. 

Professor Steinemann's previous positions include Program Manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Water Center, at the University of Washington; and Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was also Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Florida Institute of Technology, and Linköping University in Sweden. She received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

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  • 2022 to present - Honorary Professor, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2022 to present - Honorary Professor, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2019 to 2022 - Professor of Engineering; Chair of Sustainable Infrastructure, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2015 to 2022 - Professor of Civil Engineering; Chair of Sustainable Cities, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2015 - Program Manager / Senior Research Scientist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography / CIRES, California NIDIS (San Diego, California USA)
  • 2004 to 2013 - Professor of Civil Engineering, Professor of Public Affairs, Director of the Water Center, University of Washington (Seattle, Washington USA)
  • 1995 to 2004 - Associate/Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia USA)
  • 1993 to 1995 - Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University (Stanford, California USA)
Research Disciplines
  • 2023 - Top 2% of scientists and engineers worldwide
  • 2014 - Climate Science Service Award, State of California, for developing "useful science" to "bridge between the academic research community and practitioners"
  • 2011 - US National Science Foundation, "Engineer of the New Millennium"
  • 2006 - American Water Resources Association, Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year (faculty leader)
  • 2000 - US Congress, invited to provide expert testimony
  • 2000 - Appointed, US President's National Drought Policy Commission workgroups
  • 1999 - Hesburgh Award (Highest national honor for university teaching programs)
  • 1998 - US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, highest honour for junior faculty in science and engineering
  • 1997 - Junior Faculty Teacher of the Year (Highest University Award)
  • 1996 - Outstanding Teacher of the Year (Highest College Award)
  • 1993 - American Association of University Women Scholar
  • 2008 to 2013 - Appointed, Green Ribbon Commission, Seattle, developed Climate Action Plan that was adopted by more than 1,000 mayors internationally
  • 1998 to 2004 - Appointed, Special Adviser to the States of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama on water issues
  • 1998 to 2004 - Appointed, Special Adviser to Governor of the State of Georgia on water issues
  • 1988 to 1989 - Rotary Foundation International Scholar

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 40+ research outputs authored by Prof Anne Steinemann from 2013 onwards.


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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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