The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub is a group with a wide range of research, management and professional skills. The Leadership Group includes leaders of the research projects, experts from all themes of the CAUL Hub and representatives of all four institutions. Supporting this research is an Executive Team, while the Steering Committee and Indigenous Australian Reference Group oversee the Hub activities.
The CAUL Hub in July 2015. Photo: Darren James
CAUL Hub Leadership Group
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|Sarah Bekessy||RMIT||Urban Greening
Liveable Urban Systems
|Jago Dodson||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems (project leader)|
|Claire Farell||UoM||Practical Solutions (theme leader)|
|Billie Giles-Corti||RMIT||Liveability (theme leader)|
|Joe Hurley||RMIT||Urban Greening
Liveable Urban Systems
|Cecily Maller||RMIT||Urban Greening
Liveable Urban Systems
|Clare Murphy||UoW||Air Quality (project leader)
|Cathy Oke||UoM||Knowledge Broker|
(CAUL Hub deputy leader)
Urban Biodiversity (project leader)
|Peter Julian Rayner
(CAUL Hub leader)
|Richard Sinnott||UoM||Data Integration (project leader)|
|Nicholas Williams||UoM||Urban Greening (project leader)|
CAUL Hub Steering Committee
|Mr Bruce Edwards||Assistant Secretary, Environment Protection Branch, Department of Environment|
|Dr Clare Murphy||CAUL Hub Leadership Group representative|
|Dr Cathy Oke||Knowledge Broker CAUL Hub|
|Dr Kirsten Parris
(alternate with Peter Rayner)
|Deputy Leader CAUL Hub|
|Mayor Troy Pickard||President of Australian Local Government Association|
|Professor Peter Rayner||Leader CAUL Hub|
|Mr Matthew Riley||Director Climate and Atmospheric Science, Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet|
|Mr David Shelmerdine||Deputy Chair, ClimateWorks Australia|
|Ms Leah Talbot||Research Projects Officer CSIRO with expertise in Indigenous Engagement and Participation|
|Rob Turk (Chairperson)||ARUP|
CAUL Hub Indigenous Advisory Group
|Jason Barrow (co-chair)||Cultural Awareness Officer, Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research, Edith Cowan University|
|Jade Kennedy||Indigenous Project Officer, Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong|
|Maddison Miller (co-chair)||Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV)
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
|Rebecca Phillips||Aboriginal Affairs Victoria|
|Kirstine Lee Wallis||Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV)
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
|Stephen Walsh||Regional Indigenous Facilitator, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)|
CAUL Hub Executive Team
|Martin Bush||Communications Officer|
|Cathy Oke||Knowledge Broker|
|Angela Bruckner||Business Manager|
|Mika Zollner||Communications Assistant|
CAUL Hub Researchers
|Marco Amati||RMIT||Urban Greening, Liveable Urban Systems|
|Lauren Arabena||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Hannah Badland||UoM||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Stephanie Beaupark||UoW||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Bryan Boruff||UWA||Urban Greening|
|Kathryn Bowen||UoM||Urban Greening|
|Judy Bush||UoM||Urban Greening|
|Michael Buxton||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Melanie Davern||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Nicholas Deutscher||UoW||Air Quality|
|Dawn Dickinson||UWA||Urban Greening|
|Doreena Dominick||UoW||Air Quality|
|Leila Farahani||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems, Urban Greening|
|Jenny Fisher||UoW||Air Quality|
|Tim Fletcher||UoM||Urban Greening, Shared Urban Habitat|
|Nigel Goodman||UoM||Liveable Urban Systems, Air Quality|
|Phillip Greenwood||UoM||Data Integration|
|Elise-Andree Guerette||UoW||Air Quality|
|Alison Haynes||UoW||Urban Greening|
|Dominique Hes||UoM||Urban Greening|
|Jane Heyworth||UWA||Air Quality|
|Richard Hobbs||UWA||Shared Urban Habitat|
|Ralph Horne||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Nam Huynh||UoW||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Nicholas Jones||UoW||Air Quality|
|Dave Kendal||UoM||Urban Greening|
|Kate Lee||UoM||Urban Greening, Shared Urban Habitat|
|Pia Lentini||UoM||Shared Urban Habitat|
|Tiebei (Terry) Li||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Stephen Livesley||UoM||Urban Greening, Shared Urban Habitat|
|Melanie Lowe||UoM||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Luis Mata||RMIT||Shared Urban Habitat|
|Suzanne Mavoa||UoM||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Sareh Moosavi||UoM||Urban Greening, Shared Urban Habitat|
|Luca Morandini||UoM||Data Integration|
|Travis Naylor||UoM||Air Quality|
|Justin Oogjes||UoM||Air Quality|
|Pascal Perez||UoW||Data Integration, Liveable Urban Systems|
|Kath Phelan||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Frances Phillips||UoW||Air Quality|
|Libby Porter||RMIT||Liveable Urban Systems|
|Cristina Ramalho||UWA||Urban Greening, Shared Urban Habitat|
|Alex Saunders||UWA||Urban Greening, Liveable Urban Systems|
|Robyn Schofield||UoM||Air Quality|
|Jeremy Silver||UoM||Air Quality|
|Kylie Soanes||UoM||Shared Urban Habitat|
|Anne Steinemann||UoM||Liveable Urban Systems, Air Quality|
|Caragh Threlfall||UoM||Urban Greening, Shared Urban Habitat|
|Steve Utembe||UoM||Air Quality|
|Chris Walsh||UoM||Urban Greening, Shared Urban Habitat|
|Matt West||UoM||Shared Urban Habitat|
|Kathryn Williams||UoM||Urban Greening, Shared Urban Habitat|
|Stephen Wilson||UoM||Air Quality|
Sarah leads the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science research group at RMIT University. She is interested in the intersection between science and policy in environmental management and is currently involved in an interdisciplinary range of research projects, including an ARC Future Fellowship titled 'Socio-ecological models for environmental decision making' and a project funded by the Myer Foundation titled 'Reimagining the Suburb: planning for biodiversity in the urban fringe'.
- Garrard GE, Bekessy SA. (2014) Landscapes and land use planning. In: Australian environmental planning: Challenges and future prospects (eds J Byrne et al.), pp 61–72, Routledge.
- Wilson JN, Bekessy SA, Parris KM, Gordon A, Heard GW, Wintle BA. (2013) Impacts of climate change and urban development on the spotted marsh frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis). Austral Ecology 38: 11-22.
- Bekessy SA, White MD, Gordon A, Moilanen A, McCarthy MA, Wintle BA. (2012) Transparent conservation planning in the urban fringe. Landscape and Urban Planning 108: 140-149.
- Bekessy SA, Gordon A. (2007) Nurturing nature in the city. In: Steering Sustainability (ed. A Nelson), pp 227–238. Ashgate, Hampshire.
Martin Bush has been practicing and studying science communication for two decades. For thirteen years he was a curator at Museum Victoria, with responsibility for scientific instruments, Antarctic history, and technical programming at the Melbourne Planetarium. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the history of astronomy popularization in Australia.
Professor Billie Giles-Corti is Distinguished Professor at RMIT University where she also leads the Healthy Liveable Cities team. Professor Giles-Corti and her team studies the impact of the built and social environments on health and wellbeing, and works closely with policy-makers and practitioners.
Dr Hurley is a Senior Lecturer with the Sustainability and Urban Planning program at RMIT University and member of the Centre for Urban Research. His research focuses on the policy dimensions of cities, examining issues of efficiency, equity and sustainability. Joe's particular research interests include the structure, form and effectiveness of urban systems, land-use planning governance and systems performance, historical urban analysis, urban sustainability performance assessment, and research-practice exchange.
- Taylor, E. and Hurley, J. (2015) “‘Not a lot of people read the stuff': Australian urban research in planning practice”, Urban Policy and research, (in press), 1-16.
- Cook, N., Taylor, E., and Hurley, J. (2013), “At home with strategic planning: reconciling resident attachments to home with policies of residential densification”, Australian Planner, 50:2, pp. 130-137
- Hurley, J., Cook, N., and Taylor, E. (2013), “Examining three planning pathways in the mediation of resident opposition to compact city” in State of Australian Cities National Conference 2013, Australian Sustainable Cities and Regions Network (ASCRN), Sydney, Australia.
- Cook, N. Taylor, E. Hurley, J. and Colic-Peisker, V. (2012), “Resident third party objections and appeals against planning applications: implications for higher density and social housing”, in AHURI Final Report Series, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia, 197, pp. 1-98, ISSN: 1834-7223.
Dr Cecily Maller is a Senior Research Fellow in RMIT's Centre for Urban Research. Cecily's research interests focus on the social dimensions of health, wellbeing and sustainability, focusing on interactions between people and natural, built and social environments in the context of everyday life. She has previously been employed in the government and university sectors, undertaking ecological and social research.
- Maller, C.,Nicholls, L. (2014). Encountering the multiplicity of community in planning and designing new neighbourhoods. Urban Policy and Research, 32, 17 – 32
- Maller, C. J., Townsend, M., Pryor, A., St Leger, L., & Brown, P. (2006). ‘Healthy Nature Healthy People: ‘Contact with Nature' as an Upstream Health Promotion Intervention for Populations', Health Promotion International, Vol 21 (1): 45-54.
- Maller, C. (2011). ‘Practices Involving Energy and Water Consumption in Migrant Households'. In Urban Consumption, Peter Newton (Ed). CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia, pages 237-250. ISBN: 9780643096875.
Clare Murphy (Clare Paton-Walsh)
Clare is a senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong, having previously worked at the UK National Physical Laboratory. Her research interests include the measurement of atmospheric composition, using ground-based solar Fourier transform spectrometry for understanding regional scale atmospheric changes, understanding volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere, and the atmospheric impacts of bushfires.
- Paton-Walsh, C., Smith, T.E.L., Young, E.L., Griffith, D.W.T., Guérette, É.A., 2014. New emission factors for Australian vegetation fires measured using open-path Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy – Part 1: Methods and Australian temperate forest fires. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14, 11313-11333.
- Paton-Walsh, C., Wilson, S. R., Naylor, T., Griffith, D. W. T. & Denmead, O. T. 2011. Transport of NO(X) Emissions from Sugarcane Fertilisation into the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. Environmental Modeling & Assessment, 16, 441-452.
- Paton-Walsh, C., Deutscher, N. M., Griffith, D. W. T., Forgan, B. W., Wilson, S. R., Jones, N. B. & Edwards, D. P. 2010a. Trace gas emissions from savanna fires in northern Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 115, D16314, 10.1029/2009jd013309.
Dr Cathy Oke
Dr Cathy Oke has over 20 years' experience in the sustainability sector. She has a PhD in Molecular Science. For 8 years she worked in environmental education with the Kids Teaching Kids program. Prior to joining CAUL Cathy was a research fellow within the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT. Cathy has also been a Councillor at the City of Melbourne since 2008. And is a member of the Executive Committee of ICLEI and the Board of TippingPoint Australia.
Dr Kirsten Parris is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Ecology in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at The University of Melbourne. Kirsten's research interests include urban ecology, amphibian ecology, bioacoustics and animal communication, field survey methods and ecological ethics. Kirsten's current research projects include: impacts of traffic noise on acoustic communication in birds and frogs; optimal management of the growling grass frog in urbanising landscapes; extinction risks of frogs under climate change; and the ecological costs and benefits of artificial wetlands in urban environments.
- Potvin, D. A., Mulder, R. A., and Parris, K. M. (2014). Silvereyes decrease acoustic frequency but increase efficacy of alarm calls in urban noise. Animal Behaviour 98: 27-33.
- Parris, K. M. and McCarthy, M. A. (2013). Predicting the effect of urban noise on the active space of avian vocal signals. The American Naturalist 182: 452-464.
- Heard, G. W., McCarthy, M. A., Scroggie, M. P., Baumgartner, J. B. and Parris, K. M. (2013). A Bayesian model of metapopulation viability, with application to an endangered amphibian. Diversity and Distributions 19: 555-566.
- Parris, K. M., Velik-Lord, M. and North, J. M. A. (2009). Frogs call at a higher pitch in traffic noise. Ecology and Society 14(1): 25. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss1/art25/
Professor Rayner is an ARC Professorial Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Melbourne. His research includes mapping and understanding the sources and uptakes of greenhouse gases from cities, forests and oceans. Professor Rayner has conducted work at Princeton, Melbourne and Monash Universities, CSIRO and the Laboratory for the Science of Climate and Environment in France.
Professor Richard O. Sinnott is the Director of eResearch at the University of Melbourne and Chair of Applied Computing Systems. He is the technology lead for the CAUL project and responsible for the underlying IT infrastructure underpinning the work program. He has over 250 peer reviewed research publications across a variety of applied computing science disciplines and domains.
- R.O. Sinnott, C. Bayliss, A. Bromage, G. Galang, Y. Gong, P. Greenwood, G. Jayaputera, D. Marques, L. Morandini, M. Nino-Ruiz, G. Nogoorani, H. Pursultani, R. Rabanal, M. Sarwar, W. Voorsluys, I. Widjaja, The Urban Data Re-use and Integration Platform for Australia: Design, Realisation and Case Studies, International Conference on Information Re-use and Integration, San Francisco, USA, 2015.
- R.O. Sinnott, P. Chhetri, Y. Gong, A. Macaulay, W. Voorsluys, Privacy-preserving Data Linkage through Blind Geo-spatial Data Aggregation, IEEE International Symposium on Big Data Security on Cloud (BigDataSecurity 2015), New York, USA, 2015.
- C. Wise, C. Friedrich, S. Nepal, S. Chen, R.O. Sinnott, CloudDocs: Secure Scalable Document Sharing on Public Clouds, IEEE Cloud Conference, New York, USA, 2015.
- R.O. Sinnott, C. Bayliss, A. Bromage, G. Galang, G. Grazioli, P. Greenwood, G. Macauley, L. Morandini, M. Nino-Ruiz, C. Pettit, M. Tomko, M. Sarwar, R. Stimson, W. Voorsluys, I. Widjaja, The Australian Urban Research Gateway, Journal of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, April 2014, doi: 10.1002/ .
Nicholas (Nick) Williams
Nick is a senior member of both the Green Infrastructure (GIRG) and Urban Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation (UrBEC) Research Groups at the University of Melbourne's Burnley Campus. His research seeks to understand urban biodiversity patterns and ecosystem processes and develop applied solutions to reduce negative impacts of urbanization such as biodiversity loss, excess urban heat, stormwater runoff and CO2 emissions.
- Norton, B.A., A.M. Coutts, S.J. Livesley, R.J. Harris, A.M. Hunter and N.S.G. Williams, 2015. Planning for cooler cities: A framework to prioritise green infrastructure to mitigate high temperatures in urban landscapes. Landscape and Urban Planning, 134: 127-138.
- Williams, N.S.G., A.K. Hahs and P.A. Vesk, 2015. Urbanisation, plant traits and the composition of urban floras. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 17: 78-86
- Williams, N.S.G., J.T. Lundholm and J. Scott MacIvor, 2014. Do green roofs help urban biodiversity conservation? Journal of Applied Ecology, 51: 1643-1649
- Hunter, A.M., N.S.G. Williams, J.P. Rayner, L. Aye, D. Hes and S.J. Livesley, 2014. Quantifying the thermal performance of green façades: A critical review. Ecological Engineering, 63: 102-113.