Dr Jennifer Yarnold

Research Fellow

Centre for Policy Futures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 344 33122


Jennifer's research focuses on the intersection between policy, social and technology solutions for system transitions including decarbonisation and circular economy.

In addition to traditional research, Jennifer leads two programs within the Centre for Policy Futures – the Policy Impact Program (PIP) and the Policy Engagement Program (PEP). The PIP is a collaboration between UQ and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust which curates a selection of the best ideas from Churchill Fellows that have the potential to guide best-practice policy reform in Australia. Its flagship piece is the Policy Futures: A Reform Agenda publication. Through the PEP, experts on a policy-priority topics are engaged in roundtable discussions to guide the development of the Centre’s Policy Futures Think Piece series - designed to unpack complex topics for policy makers.

Jennifer is currently collaborating on projects including organics recycling innovations and carbon market opportunities in north Queensland; policy protections and social safeguards for critical minerals development; and a comparative analysis of state-based circular economy policies.

Jennifer is an environmental scientist by training with expertise in environmental microbiology, plant science and phycology, photosynthesis, mathematical modelling and systems modelling. Interests include sustainable food systems, carbon sequestration, environmental markets, renewable energy, bioeconomy, circular business models and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Research Interests

  • circular economy, sustainability transitions, climate policy, energy transitions, decarbonisation, low-carbon technologies,


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Yarnold, Jennifer, Maher, Ray, Hussey, Karen and Dovers, Stephen (2022). Uncertainty: risk, technology and the future. Routledge handbook of global environmental politics. (pp. 253-268) edited by Paul G. Harris. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003008873-23

Journal Article

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision