Dr Ehsan Tavakoli Nabavi

Research Fellow, 3A Institute

Ehsan is a Research Fellow in Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute. He is also EU Jean Monnet Research Fellow. Ehsan completed his PhD at ANU School of Sociology in 2017. He originally trained as a Civil Engineer with the majority of his training, research, publications, and work experience focused on using Artificial Intelligence, complex systems simulation, and decision-making modelling as analytical tools in the public policy domain.

In his transdisciplinary research program, Ehsan explores how emerging engineering tools can reshape the ways in which government reaches decisions, and society makes choices, as well as how they can reshape both government and society themselves. He is particularly interested in working on the agency of non-human intelligence and its impact on the future of public policy and sustainability.

Ehsan was a visiting Research Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2016-17, where started his research on integrating the concept of 'socio-technical imaginaries' into sustainability science. In 2015 he was also a visiting scholar at Centre for Water and Development, School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) at University of London and Center for Development Research (ZEF) at University of Bonn. Ehsan is also Associate Fellow in the ANU's Centre for European Studies and ANU Energy Change Institute. Ehsan has received many awards and honours for his work including Inspiring the ACT Award 2018, Research Fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, full scholarship from Institute of Development Studies (IDS)-STEPS summer school in 2015, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Fellowship 2014, and ANU PhD Scholarship.

Research interests

  • Williams, E, Tavakoli Nabavi, E, Bell, G et al. 2020, 'Begin with the human: Designing for safety and trustworthiness in cyber-physical systems', in W F Lawless, R Mittue & D A Sofge (ed.), Human-Machine Shared Contexts, Academic Press - Elsevier, London, pp. 341-357.
  • Tavakoli Nabavi, E 2018, 'Failed Policies, Falling Aquifers: Unpacking Groundwater
    Overabstraction in Iran', Water Alternatives, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 699-724.
  • Tavakoli Nabavi, E 2017, '(Ground)Water Governance and Legal Development in Iran, 1906-2016', Middle East law and governance, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 43-70.
  • Nabavi, E, Daniell, KA & Najafi, H 2017, 'Boundary matters: The potential of system dynamics to support sustainability?', Journal of Cleaner Production, 140(1) pp. 312–323.
  • Nabavi, E & Daniell, KA 2017, 'Rediscovering social-ecological systems: taking inspiration from actor-networks', Sustainability Science, pp. 1-Sep.
  • Daniell, KA, Nabavi, E & Benham, C 2017, 'Politics of innovation and the spirit of justice', in Lukasiewicz, A, Dovers, S, Robin, L, McKay, JM, Schilizzi, S, Graham, S (ed.), Natural Resources and Environmental Justice: Australian Perspectives, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria, Australia, pp. 185-203.
  • Bazrkar, M, Tavakoli-Nabavi, E, Zamani, N et al 2013, 'System dynamic approach to hydro-politics in Hirmand transboundary river basin from sustainability perspective', International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 378-398.
  • Tavakoli-Nabavi, S.E. & Daniell, K.A. 2013, 'Towards process-based sustainability indicators', Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) 2013 conference: Looking back...looking forward, Engineers Australia, Barton, ACT.