Ronnie Harding came from a research background in Zoology and broader academic qualifications in Science, Anthropology and Archaeology, to an academic career in environmental policy, management and decision-making at the University of New South Wales between 1974 and 2004.
From 1974 to 1992 she lectured in the Centre for Liberal and General Studies and had the privilege of watching ‘the environment’ emerge from a fringe issue for society and evolve into a mainstream activity.
In 1992 she was appointed Director of the newly formed Institute of Environmental Studies (IES) at UNSW. In this position she performed a coordinating role for environmental activities at UNSW involving education and consulting as well as forming links with a wide range of external organisations from industry, government agencies, professional organisations and environmental NGOs. From 2000 to 2004 when she retired, Ronnie developed and ran a University-wide interdisciplinary Master of Environmental Management program.
Ronnie has served on a number of Boards and advisory Committees relating to environmental matters. These include, currently, as a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Board member of the Environmental Defenders’ Office (NSW), member of the Total Environment Centre management committee, member of the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation. Previously, Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Natural Resources Commission, Trustee of the Australian Museum and Chair of its Research and Collections Advisory Committee, Chair of the NSW Council on Environmental Education, Board member of WWF Australia, member of the Metropolitan Water Independent Review Panel for the NSW Government, member of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council.