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About Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development is a blog to promote environmentally, socially and economically sustainable evidence-based public policy for the developing world. SD supports a market-based approach to achieve sustainable development that improves the living standards of the world’s poor, environmental standards and social cohesion.

SD is a program of the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne, Australia. The IPA is the world’s oldest free market think tank dedicated to promoting evidence-based public policy solutions rooted in the principles of free markets and a free society.

The principle author of SD is Director of the IPA’s Intellectual Property and Free Trade Unit, Tim Wilson.

About Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson is Director of the IPA’s IP and Free Trade Unit and his is areas of policy expertise include trade, investment, IP, globalisation, and innovation.

He is regularly published in newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, Australian Financial Review and The Australian. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio, including as panellist on ABC1’s current affairs program Q&A and Triple J’s program The Hack.

In 2009 he was recognised by Australia’s national daily broadsheet, The Australian, as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society.

He previously worked as a trade policy and communications consultant and delivered aid and development programs throughout South East Asia.

Tim has a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. He has also completed a Diploma of Business, WIPO Academy’s IP Summer School, the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développment’s Global Health Diplomacy Executive Program and the WTO, International Trade and Development Summer program. He is also a trained carbon accountant.