Paul Ryan, Director

Australian Resilience Centre

Paul Ryan is passionate about social and environmental change. He works with people and organisations at all scales and across sectors and disciplines to prepare for and create a future that is fair, just and sustainable. 


Paul Ryan is a global leader in resilience, adaptation and transformation practice. He is the founding Director of the Australian Resilience Centre, an enterprise focused on bringing resilience, adaptation and transformation thinking and practice to real world problems. 


Paul works with people, organisations and agencies to apply these principles across a range of scales in areas as diverse as poverty and humanitarian relief, climate adaptation planning and practice, disaster preparedness and recovery, sustainable agriculture, water and irrigation futures, community development, sustainable regional development, infrastructure, biodiversity, illegal wildlife trade, domestic violence, gender, cultural and youth issues. 


Paul is a skilled facilitator and has facilitated over 800 workshops and capacity building days in Australia and internationally. Paul has previously worked for the Stockholm Resilience Center, the Resilience Alliance, CSIRO, state government agencies and catchment management organisations. 


"Exceptional facilitation skills. I expected more tension in the room between the different individuals - thanks to the vibe that Paul has created there is now a very neutral, easy atmosphere where the usual tensions and prejudices seem to fade away."

Workshop participant,

WWF Wayfinder training, South Africa.



Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Deakin University, Victoria


Into our Hands Community Foundation

Institute of Land, Water and Society. Charles Sturt University.



Beechworth Festival of Change (2019)

Resilience Planning Community of Practice, Australia.


Taskforce Member:

Resilience Taskforce, Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Research Associate: 

Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy. ​

The Australian National University.

Adjunct Research Fellow: 

Institute for Land, Water and Society.

Charles Sturt University