Honorary Associate Professor Ron Cox has had extensive experience in coastal, ocean and port engineering, coastal management, water supply and wastewater, groundwater, climate impacts and environmental impact/risk assessments in these areas, working with industry and government, (local, state and federal) both within Australia and overseas.
In 2008 Ron was awarded Engineering Australia’s prestigious Sir John Holland Award for Civil Engineer of the Year, in recognition of his long standing and continuing contribution to the profession and community, particularly in the field of coastal engineering.
Since 2009 Ron has led the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure with a focus on coastal settlements, built environment, infrastructure, urban planning and management. In recent years Ron has provided advice on coastal policy reform to Commonwealth and State governments.
Since 2013 he has been particularly involved in the Coastal Policy reforms within NSW and throughout 2015 and 2016 actively involved in the drafting of the new NSW Coastal Management Act (2016) and supporting Manual.
For the past 2 years Ron has been a member of the independent NSW Coastal Council advising government on the implementation of the new Act. For more than 20 years Ron has been a member of the PIANC Australia Board and remains active within PIANC international commissions EnviCom, PTGCC, CoCom and the Scientific Committee for COPEDEC (Coastal Ocean and Port Engineering for Developing Countries) Conferences.