Donovan Storey is currently Deputy Director and Urban Lead – Green Cities, in GGGI’s Investment and Policy Solutions Division. Previous to his current position he worked for six years at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, first as Chief of Social Policy and Population and then as Chief of the Sustainable Urban Development Section. Prior to the United Nations Donovan was a researcher and academic at several universities specializing in development management, urban planning/governance and sustainable development. His most recent position was at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he retains an Adjunct role as Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Donovan has undertaken research and led projects related to urban planning and governance, environmental management, social inclusion, population dynamics, decent work and sustainable development. He has authored or co-authored over thirty journal articles, book chapters and books on his areas of specialization, and has drafted and substantially contributed to several key United Nations publications related to urbanization, sustainable development, population and social policy. Donovan has a joint degree in Political Science and History, with Honours in Political Science, from the University of Canterbury, as well as a Diploma in Development Studies and a PhD in Development Studies from Massey University (New Zealand).