Professor Cocklin is the Provost and also fulfils the requirements of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at James Cook University.

He has previously served as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Pro Vice Chancellor of Science, Engineering and IT at JCU.  Prior to his appointment at JCU, Professor Cocklin was employed for 10 years at Monash University, where he was Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Science and the inaugural Director of the Monash Environment Institute (now the Monash Sustainability Institute). Professor Cocklin was based at the University of Auckland from 1985-1997.

In his current role, Professor Cocklin has oversight responsibility for the six colleges and line management responsibility for the two academic divisions in which the colleges are situated.  He also holds portfolio responsibility for the Division of Research and Innovation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

His research interests are in resources and environmental policy, agriculture and rural communities, global environmental change, sustainable development, and corporate environmental management. 


  • Resources and environmental policy
  • Agriculture and rural communities
  • Global environmental change
  • Sustainable development
  • Corporate environmental management
  • International Scientific Advisory Committee, Great Barrier Reef Foundation
  • Director, JCU Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Advisory Board, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
  • Executive Committee, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
  • Director, Paragen Bio
  • Director, Tropical Futures Institute Pty Ltd (company registered in Singapore)
  • Editorial Board, Environmental Policy and Governance (Wiley)
  • Advisory Committee, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
  • Director, North Queensland Commercialisation Company Pty Ltd
  • Townsville Industrial Development Board
  • Editorial Board, Sustainability (MDPI)
  • Board of Trustees, Townsville Grammar School

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 41+ research outputs authored by Prof Chris Cocklin from 2002 onwards.


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  • 1 collaboration
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