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Centre for Sustainable Development

Est 2000 - home of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

Dr Bradley Hiller is a sustainable development professional and academic with 20 years experience, primarily gained in the international development and corporate sustainability sectors.  

Dr Hiller is currently Lead Climate Change Specialist at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), where he oversees the Bank’s support to its 57 Member Countries on climate mitigation efforts, as well as climate financing, climate change adaptation, and environmental safeguards. Dr Hiller’s current role builds on development sector experience, gained across 20 countries, with the World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, United Nations, Australian Agency for International Development (now DFAT), and Engineers Without Borders. Up until recently, Dr Hiller was also a Visiting Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute (Anglia Ruskin University) and Consultant to the University of Cambridge (CSD and Institute for Manufacturing (IfM)) and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Dr Hiller completed his PhD (2012) and MPhil (2008) at the CSD. His PhD examined the ex-post sustainability dynamics of large-scale ecosystem restoration interventions, the findings of which were used by the World Bank Group as a leading example of evidence-based decision making. He has since contributed to multiple television documentaries, including for BBC World and PBS, on topics related to his PhD research. His MPhil dissertation examined the sustainability of geothermal energy systems in East Africa and he holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Western Australia in Environmental Engineering (sustainable management of groundwater resources) and Environmental Science (restoration of an urban wetland).

Dr Hiller has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers, reports and thought pieces, in outlets including World Development, Sustainability, World Economic Forum Agenda, The Conversation, World Bank Open Knowledge Repository, Development Asia, AsiaGlobal Online, and Caixin. He is Section Editor and Editorial Board Member of the journal Sustainability, supporting publication of over 30 academic articles, and he has supported postgraduate and undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oslo, and the Australian National University. He has acted as Expert Reviewer & Editorial Assistant for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report and been a Member of the International Scientific Committee for the World Sustainability Forum.

Dr Hiller has been the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, including a G20 Global Leadership Fellowship at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Korea (2019), an AsiaGlobal Fellowship at the University of Hong Kong (2018), an Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellowship at the East-West Center, Hawaii (2020, Covid-delayed), and an Emerging Global Sustainability Leader Award (2018). Dr Hiller has completed Harvard Business School Online courses on sustainable business strategy and entrepreneurship and is a Member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

Dr Hiller is passionate about addressing the global climate change crisis, including safeguarding and empowering marginalized communities. He is a strong supporter of nature-based solutions, including protection and restoration of critical ecosystems, and recently co-edited a special issue journal on tropical peatland ecosystems and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Nature Action Agenda. Dr Hiller passionately promotes improved social, economic and environmental outcomes and seeks to build upon his ongoing support to CSD via academic support, co-publications and potential partnership development.

Dr Bradley Hiller