My research focuses on urban green space policy and governance in a changing climate. It addresses the processes and success factors that can support the transitions and transformations towards nature-based cities. Green spaces cool cities, mitigating the urban heat island effect and heatwaves, as well as providing many other benefits and functions for human and non-human urban residents.
Recognition of this multi-functionality is bringing opportunities for inclusion of green space across public policy domains, but also presents challenges for largely monofunctional governance, management and budgetary systems. Green spaces are governed by a complex set of institutions including local, state and federal governments, government agencies, commercial organisations and community groups. These challenges are potentially amplified by the impacts of climate change and urban densification and expansion. My research investigates innovative arrangements for multifunctional governance and participatory approaches that link policy domains, facilitate green space management and evidence-based policy processes.
I completed my PhD Cooling cities with green space: policy perspectives at the University of Melbourne. Prior to undertaking my PhD I worked on climate change action, community engagement and waterways restoration with alliances of local government organisations in Melbourne. I have a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master of Environment.