OPEN Fellow – Isabel Sebastian











First Name



Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Job Title

Senior Research Consultant


I am a senior researcher and consultant at the transdisciplinary Institute for Sustainable Futures, at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) specialising in business, corporate and organisational sustainability using systems thinking and processes to address complex organisational and leadership challenges. I also teach systems thinking modules at UTS and in professional organisations to facilitate the adoption of new tools, processes and ways of thinking that are needed for solving sustainability issues especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through my work I aim to enable different worldviews within stakeholders that recognise the interdependent nature of complex sustainability challenges.

I have a 25-year background in business management and implementing sustainability in SME businesses. Through my PhD research I also studied Eastern philosophies, happiness and well-being, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness, business ethics and systems change theories, which contribute to my well-rounded holistic approach to business sustainability issues.

Why am I an OPEN Fellow?

I would like to contribute to business and sustainability education, professional networks and businesses by enabling new ways of thinking and new worldviews that recognise the interdependent nature of complex sustainability challenges.

Areas of Expertise

SDGs / sustainable development;Social sustainability issues;Environmental sustainability issues;Economic sustainability issues;Corporate sustainability;Strategy;Entrepreneurship;Social Entrepreneurship;Responsible leadership;Governance & Ethics;Organisational behaviour;Change management;Business transformation;Business models;Systems thinking

My expertise in more detail

The specific niche of my expertise is in a transdisciplinary and systems approach informed by Eastern and Western philosophical traditions, applied to business, organisational and leadership contexts.


Bachelor of Business (Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)

Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

PhD in Sustainable Futures – in completion stage (Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney)


Systems Thinking Master Class

Systems Change Theories module

Transdisciplinary research and applied methods module

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