David Ness

Committee Member


Dr. David Ness is Adjunct Professor, UniSA STEM, University of South Australia, with a background in architecture and strategic infrastructure planning, who conducts research on fair, sufficient, and circular resource use. He was awarded the Arup 2017 Global Research Challenge to adapt the circular economy to the built environment and is an associate of Swiss-based Professor Walter Stahel, founder of the circular economy. Within the context of the SDGs, the Paris accord on climate change, and achieving global equity, David examines ways in which wealthier societies may dramatically ‘shrink’ their absolute resource consumption and GHG emissions, while redistributing resources and investment to enable the disadvantaged to improve services, shelter, and infrastructure – thereby achieving global and regional rebalancing and equity. He has advised UN ESCAP and UN Habitat on ‘green growth’ and sustainable, integrated, and inclusive infrastructure, led a training course at the International Urban Training Centre, and evaluated a major UN clean environment program involving cities across the Asia Pacific. David has authored over 100 publications, including ‘The Impact of Overbuilding on People and the Planet’ (2019), ‘Transforming Rural Communities in China and Beyond’ (2015), and co-edited ‘The Green Economy and its Implementation in China’ (2011).

  • Circular Economy 
  • Sustainable built environment
  • Sufficiency

University of South Australia


Adjunct Professor


Sufficiency, value chains