Steve Dovers was originally trained as an ecologist and natural resource manager, and worked in local government and heritage management. He studied geography, environmental law and environmental history, and gained a PhD in environmental policy in 1996. He became an academic member of staff at the then Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the ANU in 1997. Since 2009, he has been Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the ANU, and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. His affiliations include: Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; member of the convening group of the Australian Cities Research Network, which convenes the State of Australian Cities Conference series; Honorary Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University; Associate editor of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management and member of the editorial Boards of the journals Global Environmental Change, Local Environments, Environmental Science and Policy, and Resilience.
Steve Dovers focuses on generic policy and institutional dimensions in environment and sustainability, combining contemporary and historical perspectives, across a diverse range of sectors and issues including climate adaptation, biodiversity, water, urban studies, forests, coastal management and others. He is an ANU Public Policy Fellow, and Cluster Lead Researcher with the Bushire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre.