Education & Learning

Over the past 20 years, we have collaborated in research and learning with many organisations and networks.  These include:

  • Academia:  University of NSW (UNSW), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Western Sydney (UWS).

  • Professional Networks: Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), Risk Management Institute of Australia (RMIA), Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI), International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM), International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM).

  • Public and Private sector organisations: Department of Conservation (NZ), Department of Main Roads Qld, Brisbane City Council, Department of Defence Major Projects (several), Power and Water Corporation (NT).

  • Consultants in Applied Systems Thinking:  Manex Pty Ltd, Advanced Dynamics, Connexity Associates.


Current activities and initiatives


RiskIQ delivers formal education and training in risk and decision making:

  • At Executive Master level, with Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

  • At vocational level, with International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM).

  • On request, we develop and deliver in-house capability development programs, for better decision making in uncertainty.


Our current research activities include:

  • A long term collaboration with Department of Defence and ICCPM, to explore the governance of multi-party projects as highly complex systems.

  • An inquiry into the current risk management experiences of executive leaders.


RiskIQ also conducts free lunchtime “best practice” sessions in Brisbane, Darwin and elsewhere when the opportunity permits.  The topics at these sessions vary considerably, with the common theme being the use of applied systems thinking to tackle complex challenges faced by real leaders in the public and private sectors.



RiskIQ welcomes new initiatives, ideas, collaborations and networks, so please get in touch.

Applied systems thinking

RiskIQ’s role is as a catalyst for leaders and organisations to make the best possible decisions in an uncertain world.        We continually seek to co-design, share, learn, mentor, coach and educate as we work with clients.  


RiskIQ has a history of research, education and learning beginning in the 1990’s with the realisation that traditional approaches to risk management do not deal well with some of our most important sources of risk.  Over the next decade we explored this challenge through PhD research into the nature of risk in complex projects and organisations.  As part of that research, new approaches to risk inquiry and risk management were formed, supported by unique new methods and tools that are still being used today. 


Applied systems thinking is essential when working to enable sustainable, performing human organisations including projects.   This is an emerging body of knowledge and practice where great advances have been made in recent years, yet there is much more to do.  In risk management and elsewhere “non-systemic” thinking and practices are still common, creating false confidence and (often) perverse outcomes.   


RiskIQ continues to be involved in formal and informal research, development, education and learning focused on how leaders can best navigate uncertainty to make positive, best-possible, sustainable decisions even when faced with apparently intractable, complex challenges.  A risk perspective is just one way to consider complex challenges, so RiskIQ’s research and development also extends into modern, applied systems thinking approaches to organisational systems design, leadership, policy, strategy and governance.