DR Margaret Grose

DR Margaret Grose


  • artificial night lighting for human health and ecology (climate change, streetlighting, carbon mitigation, climate change mitigation)
  • colour as a component of biological diversity (colour in plants, biodiversity)
  • environmental literacy for design education (ecology, ecological literacy, design education)
  • performative design (testing, experimentation in design)
  • public open space, including children's' play (resilience, built environments, biodiversity, urban ecology)
  • soil and water in design (urban, river systems,)
  • suburban analytics and performance (suburban, built environment)



  • Margaret Grose is an agricultural scientist, ecologist, and landscape architect and works between design and ecological science. She teaches ecological design and ecological theory for design in the Masters of Landscape Architecture and Natural History and design studio in the Bachelor of Design. Margaret won the Faculty Teaching Award for Excellence in the Masters in 2011 for the subject Constructed Ecologies. She is particularly interested in how ecology is taught to built environment students, and was awarded a Universitas 21 Fellowship to examine this question internationally. Margaret's book: Constructed Ecologies: Critical Reflections on Ecology with Design, was published by Routledge in 2017. In 2016 Margaret was Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Urbanism and attended the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference in Vermont. In 2018 she was a Sargent Visiting Scholar at the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University. She is currently working on a second book on design and ecology— Science into Design: Searching for Method in Landscape Architecture.
    Margaret has published across science and design. She began her passion for landscape in Agricultural Science, focussing on processes in soils and water, and her PhD concerned the ecophysiology of Australian plants in relation to water stress and disease. Postdoctoral work was at Oxford University, followed by theoretical ecology in the Mathematical Biology group at the University of Cambridge. She returned to Australia and majored in Independent Design in Landscape Architecture in 2001, followed by project work as an environmental scientist/landscape architect in an environmental firm, focusing on water, and later in suburban design. Her understanding of the ecology of the Australian flora and agricultural systems, particularly in relation to water, remain a key driver.
    Current PhD supervision topics: Ecology and landscape architecture (with Dr    


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Additional Grant Information

  • Grants received:

    • Universitas 21 Teaching Fellowship (2013) for travel in 2014.
    • University International Research Training Travel Fund (2013) Joining the dialogues for reforming public streetlighting.
    • University of Melbourne Research Collaboration Grant (2010) Understanding the barriers and opportunities for dimming and turning off streetlights to facilitate energy saving for climate change mitigation in Australia.
    • ARC Linkage Grant (2009) Future-proofing schools: using smart, green, integrated design approaches to prefabricated learning environments (With Newton, Kvan, Hes, Fisher, Grose, Wilks).  
    • University of Melbourne Early Career Research Grant Scheme (2009) Establishing the diversity of colour in floras of suburbanising Australia 
    • Cultural and Community Relations Advisory Group Grant University of Melbourne (2008) ( with Julie Rudner): Home, School, and the Places in Between
    • ARC/NHMRC Network-Seeding Grant (2006) Come and play outside: designing the whole neighbourhood for children and youth.


Education and training

  • BLArch, The University of Western Australia 2001
  • PhD, The University of Western Australia 1990
  • BSc(Agriculture), The University of Western Australia 1981

Awards and honors

  • Universitas 21 Teaching Fellowship, Harvard University, 2018



Available for supervision

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Supervision Statement

  • Potential PhD subjects include: Ecological design of public open spaces and water systems in urban areas; Lessons to be learned for Australian climate change from the design of public open spaces in Mediterranean and near-arid cities outside of Australia; Resilience of planting designs for a drying southern Australia; Play spaces in child-care centres in Australia (with Child Health); The night-time impacts and history of digital billboards.