Miriam Lyons

Miriam Lyons is a Renewable Energy Campaigner with GetUp! She is also an Australian policy analyst, writer and commentator, and the co-author, with Ian McAuley, of Governomics, published by Melbourne University Press in May 2015.

Miriam is a member of the Centre for Australian Progress board, and a Fellow and former CEO of the Centre for Policy Development, which she co-founded with John Menadue AO and others in 2007. She is also the advisory committee of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies at University of Technology, Sydney.

She is a frequent guest on various TV and radio programs, including the ABC shows Q&A and The Drum, has contributed to several publications and co-edited the CPD books Pushing Our Luck and More Than Luck. Miriam made a presentation at TedX 2010, and was profiled in the Thinkers category of The Australian’s Emerging Leaders series, as a Woman Shaping Australia in Madison magazine and as an AFR Boss 2010 True Leader.

Miriam’s earlier roles include policy editing for New Matilda, researching freedom of speech in East Timor, and organising ideas festivals. As the former Director of the Interface Festival of Ideas in Sydney, and the Ideas Program for the Straight out of Brisbane Festival, Miriam has a history of bringing policy ideas to new audiences. She has also worked as a freelance writer and researcher and as a media development consultant in East Timor.





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The National Climate Emergency Summit will convene practitioners, advocates, governments, youth leaders and industry innovators to unpack what a climate emergency response could look like at local, national, and global levels.



Four strategic priorities will steer the Summit Program, presenting a focused conference program of plenary and breakout sessions.

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The Summit Program aims to attract a wide range of participants to help define and align key strategy and action that supports an emergency-scale transition.