Queen's Birthday Honour to Professor Stephen Joseph

15 June 2017

Professor Stephen Joseph, who has been a visiting academic in the School for over 10 years, has been awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Stephen was originally a graduate of the School, when it was the School of Metallurgy, in the 1970's and subsequently performed a PhD in Built Environment. He currently works closely with Professor Paul Munroe on a number of research projects and is involved in the supervision of several research students.

Stephen's award recognises not only his leadership in research, but a career largely spent working on projects in underdeveloped countries. His expertise is in the area of biochar - a charcoal-type material manufactured through heating waste biomaterials, such as wheat straw or animal manure. When added to the soil, biochar is highly effective in improving soil quality, promoting plant growth and, importantly, as a means of carbon sequestration. There is no question that Stephen is globally pre-eminent in this particular research field, having been instrumental in first defining and establishing this research field some 15 years ago.

Stephen has dedicated his entire career to working with disadvantaged communities. He has worked selflessly with charities such as Community Aid Abroad and Save the Children. He has worked with local aboriginal communities and has spent long periods in places such as Vanuatu, Sudan, Kenya, etc. working with the disadvantaged, especially women's groups.

We congratulate Stephen on this thoroughly deserved award.