Charles Massy gained a Bachelor Sc (Zoology and Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming and developing a prominent Merino sheep stud business. His concern about land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led him to completing a PhD in Human Ecology (ANU) in 2012.
He has chaired and served as a Director on a number of national and international review panels and boards of business, research organisations and statutory wool bodies, involving garment manufacture, wool marketing, R&D, molecular genetics and genomics.
Charles has engaged in freelance journalism since 1977, widely published across a range of subjects including mountaineering, history, ecology and the environment plus fiction and poetry. His first two books told the history of the Australian merino and his third book, Breaking the Sheep’s Back (2011), recounted the political destruction of the Australian wool industry. The latter was short listed in 2012 for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian History and for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. He also contributed a chapter to the ground-breaking anthology Fair Food (2015).
His new book, Call of the Reed Warbler-A New Agriculture-A New Earth (UQP. Sept 2017) concerns the emergence of a regenerative agriculture in Australia and its positive implications for both addressing humanity’s emerging Anthropocene crisis and also for human health (physical and mental).
Charles still manages the family’s grazing property in NSW while teaching at universities and consulting widely in the fields of Merino breeding, landscape design and transformative change in Agriculture.