Association of Professional Futurists

Caroline Austin

QUT and various humanitarian organisations
Brisbane / QLD / Australia / Oceania


Professional Background
Lawyer/Community Engagement Specialist
Areas of Expertise
Community Engagement Specialist | Researcher | Future Thinker
Other organisation memberships
Admission as a Legal Practitioner in the State of Queensland, 2002
Short Biography
Caroline Austin is a future thinker, designer and community engagement specialist. She has fifteen years of experience in the humanitarian sector and extensive experience in implementing and coordinating communication and engagement with communities’ programming. She develops experimental approaches to imagine new ideas, with the aim of addressing the challenges posed by complex, disruptive events. She has supported multiple strategic thinking forums, including future thinking around the development of a Communications Leadership Model for International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, in support of a Council of Delegates Resolution (, aimed at Strengthening Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Coordination and Cooperation.

She is a Director of the Global Resilience Collaborative and a researcher, lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. She frequently consults and collaborates with resilience specialists, designers, social scientists, scientists, engineers, artists and industry leading dialogue on a wide range of issues. As a Director she leads future thinking on a wide range of issues related to resilience, including the "Re-imagining Resilience" initiative that has been designed to promote the future thinking and best practice in the emerging space of resilience.

Caroline co-founded >3 (@greaterthan3), an experimental art and design initiative, focused on generating dialogue and bringing together practitioners from different fields to explore how trans-disciplinary creative strategies can be used to address wide-ranging issues related to complex, disruptive events through projects, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and participatory artworks.

Caroline studied business, international humanitarian law, design and art at Melbourne University and the Queensland University of Technology. Her Masters by Practice at Queensland University of Technology uses design and art to explore the future impacts of technology on individuals.