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.

CAUL Hub Leadership Group

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Name Institution Research projects
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)
Urban Greening
Cathy Oke UoM Knowledge Broker
Kirsten Parris
(CAUL Hub deputy leader)
UoM Urban Greening
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

Name Organisation
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

Name Organisation
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

Name Role
Martin Bush Communications Officer
Cathy Oke Knowledge Broker
Angela Bruckner Business Manager
Mika Zollner Communications Assistant

CAUL Hub Researchers

Name Institution Research projects
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 Bekessy

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'.

Selected Publications
  • 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

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.

Billie Giles-Corti

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.

Joe Hurley

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.

Selected Publications
  • 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.

Cecily Maller

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.

Selected Publications
  • 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.

Selected Publications
  • 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.

Kirsten Parris

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.

Selected Publications

  • 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.

Peter Rayner

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.

Richard Sinnott

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.

Selected Publications
  • 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/cpe.3282.

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.

Selected Publications
  • 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.