Helen Ross is an environmental psychologist specialising in social aspects of sustainable development and environmental management. She manages social sciences in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, the University of Queensland, where she is responsible for rural development. In her research she focuses particularly on community development, and collaboration processes for natural resource management. Much of her research is participatory, and fosters collaboration between communities and governments. She is a Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, and a past winner of its national prize for contributions to environmental management. She chairs Healthy Waterways and Catchments Social Sciences Experts Panel, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Climate Change Experts Panel. She has been Co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management since 2005. She is also an editorial board member of Architectural Science Reviews, International Perspectives on Psychology, One Health, and the International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice. She is a former board member of Society and Natural Resources and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.
With CCRES, she is co-leading the Component 3 project on adaptive coastal governance and management.