Born in Kalgoorlie WA in 1941, Peter Waterman has professional qualifications in geography, social science, urban planning and environmental management. Over the past 58 years he has gained professional experience as: a secondary school teacher; senior public servant; academic; advisor to governments and boards of commercial enterprises; consultant and lobbyist; and as a research director and managing director of private companies. In 1970, Peter co-foundered one of the first environmental consultancy companies in Australia. Since then, he has provided a wide range of consultant services across the land use planning and environmental management fields for public and private sector clients in Australia and overseas. As well, Peter has served as a reserve officer in the Australia Army and the Royal Australian Naval Reserve. He was awarded the Reserve Forces Decoration (RFD) in 1988.
Over the past 50 years Peter has been actively involved in the tertiary education sector and has held university appointments in the fields of: land use analysis and planning; environmental assessment and management, and environment and population health. Peter was the Foundation Director of the Institute for Regional Development and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. Also, as an Associate Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast he was responsible for the development of accredited professional development programs (graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master’s degrees) in Climate Change Adaptation, Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Change Management. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University (ILWS-CSU) with research interests in secure and safe domestic water and the application of sustainability technologies. His geographic focus is on rural and remote regional Australia.