Mr. Dr David Ness

Company University of South Australia and Ecological Development Union International
Mobile +61 (0) 401 122 651
ZIP & city 5095 Mawson Lakes
Address c/- Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies, Mawson Lakes Campus, University of South Australia


Recent projects and activities   

Social and technological innovation network involving universities in Australia and Asia.
Research on product and infrastructure service systems to support communities especially in developing world.
Strategic adviser to International Solar Education Exchange (International Solar Energy Society).
Adviser to Royal Government of Cambodia on its ‘Green Growth’ Roadmap.
Resource person to UN ESCAP for ‘Green Growth’ capacity building events involving Cambodia and other ASEAN countries.


David pursues innovations that may arise by creatively considering the inter-connections between components of community and infrastructure systems, via collaborative multi-discipline applied research. This focuses upon the role of affordable, inclusive, integrated and coordinated infrastructure systems in supporting equitable service provision, pro-poor community development and improved social livelihoods.
His conceptual models on ‘doing more with less, with less material use and less cost’ have been published in international arenas. In addition to research on integrated urban and rural systems, he investigates means of keeping resources and products in closed loops through new business approaches such as product-service systems, all seeking to deliver multiple benefits and outputs with fewer resource and other inputs.
He consults to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on ‘green growth’ and sustainable infrastructure in developing countries, improving access to shelter, clean water, sanitation, transport and energy, and adapting to climate change. His methodological framework for eco-efficient and sustainable urban infrastructure was accepted by the UN as part of its international program on sustainable infrastructure in Asia and Latin America.
In addition, he heads ‘Ecological Development Union International’, a not for profit international association incorporated in Australia that seeks to integrate environmental improvements with socio-economic development, transferring know-how, technologies and resources from the developed world to emerging economies in Asia/SE Asia.
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Adelaide, and a PhD from University of South Australia.
After initially practising as an architect in London and Australia, David managed building projects and undertook strategic planning of government infrastructure, and is now involved with research and fostering its application, focussed on the developing world.