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Nicola has emerged from an agricultural biosciences training pathway which culminated in a technical PhD focused on plant pathogens, and expanded her skill set over the past decade to position herself in much-needed interdisciplinary space.

Her expertise could be best described as systems-level knowledge brokerage, identifying and engaging research and other capacity needed to deliver innovative outcomes. In her projects she has developed the key local, national and international relationships, needed to deliver on highly multidisciplinary research challenges. These relationships span fields of knowledge in biology, sociology, communications, information technology, community engagement, accessibility, gender, education, language, practice change and systems analysis. She has established professional networks encompassing government, funder and NGO stakeholders in agricultural and animal health development in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

She is currently leading the development of translational One Health research responses to complex problems in regional plant and animal health.

Research Interests

  • Food security and human health in South East Asia and the Pacific
  • Community based plant and animal health through innovation in sustainable, codesigned capacity building, education and training
  • Accessibility and Equity in agricultural development
  • Biosecurity in remote regional communities
  • One Health
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Project and research team management

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Pathology, PhD, Charles Sturt University

External positions

Consultant and curator, INSEAD: Phil Parker ICON Group International, Inc.

01 Jul 201401 Jul 2015

Post Doctoral Fellow, The International Rice Research Institute

01 Aug 201231 Jul 2014


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  • Travel Award

    Wunderlich, Nicola (Recipient), 2012

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