Associate Professor Jennifer Boddy has been appointed as the University’s Dean of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Performance.

She takes up the role from the School of Health Sciences and Social Work where she is Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) and co-chair of the Griffith Health Sustainability Working Party.

Griffith University has been in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education impact rankings for the last two years and Assoc Prof Boddy is excited to continue and enhance that track record.

“I think it’s testament to the great work we do towards the sustainable development goals,” she said.

“What I’m particularly looking forward to is building on our university’s history in being a leader in environmentally sustainable and socially responsible practices.

“I think universities are incredibly powerful institutions in harnessing change and having a positive impact on our communities.”

Assoc Prof Boddy is passionate about creating healthy, sustainable environments for all people, particularly those who are marginalised and disadvantaged, with her current research focusing on the relationship between climate change, extreme weather events and violence, particularly violence against women.

She’s also interested in understanding how connection to green space and connection to country can promote healing and is investigating how being in nature can lower stress and rumination.

“I would like to see sustainability genuinely embedded across every element of university life, teaching, research, community and international engagement, governance, leadership, facilities, and operations that we all work towards ensuring we live in a society that’s peaceful, prosperous and sustainable.”