Dr Ariella Helfgott

Collaborative Futures
The Netherlands and Australia


Senior Researcher
School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
University of Adelaide

Dr Ariella Helfgott is an Experienced Senior Researcher with a demonstrated history of working across disciplines, sectors and social worlds to achieve sustainable and equitable futures. She is a Senior Researcher at the University of Adelaide, and a founding Director of Collaborative Futures.

Ariella undertakes Multi-Actor Collaborative Action Research supporting sustainability transitions. Her research spans conceptual and mathematical modeling of system resilience and adaptability, through to participatory approaches to building resilience and adaptive capacity on-the-ground. Within the later, she brings together stakeholders across and within multiple decision-making levels and engages them in programs that develop strategic capacity, for example exploratory scenarios, visioning and back-casting and resilience-based planning.

She has extensive experience in the design, implementation and analysis of participatory planning, decision-aiding and capacity development programs in East and West Africa, South and South-East Asia, Latin America, Europe and Australia from community to national, regional and international scales.

Whilst formally trained as a mathematician and engineer, Ariella’s current work focuses on integrating technical-analytical, philosophical-hermeneutic and management-administrative disciplines to achieve sustainable and equitable futures.

She holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide.