Research team

The project is led by:

Dr Rachel Hughes and Dr Nicole Cook (School of Geography)

IMG_1550 - Version 3Rachel is cultural geographer whose research examines the politics of public memory and people’s experiences of places with difficult pasts (in Cambodia and Italy). Along the way she has developed interests in site curation, cultural tourism, visual and material cultures, and questions of law and space. She has supervised research on community participation in La Trobe Valley low-carbon futures and on home food gardening in suburban Melbourne. Her interest in shade as a social justice issue came when wandering through local streets and playgrounds with her young child.

Picture3Nicole is an urban geographer with research interests in urban restructuring, urban governance, housing and home. Nicole’s research emphasises the diverse agents gathered in the achievement of sustainable urban futures; the relations of power through which these agents operate; and the temporary and fragile ways in which deliberative practices emerge against the odds.

The project team includes:

Dr Melanie Davern (School of Population and Global Health)

Picture4Melanie is Director of Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) at the McCaughey VicHealth Unit of Community Wellbeing. Her research interests focus on community and individual wellbeing with specific expertise in the development and use of community wellbeing indicators as a measurement tool for policy development, program evaluation and community engagement. Melanie has worked closely with a range of government and community partners and is passionate about using data as a catalyst for action. 

Steve headDr Stephen Livesley (School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences)

Stephen’s urban ecosystem research and teaching interests relate to the role of trees, soil and other vegetation systems in providing environmental and social benefits, such as microclimate cooling, energy saving, carbon sequestration, biodiversity habitat and improved nutrient/ water cycling.   

Dr Elizabeth Taylor (Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University)

Picture1Elizabeth is a Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research (CUR) at RMIT University. She was previously a McKenzie Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Her interests are in policy-focused research across urban planning, housing markets, property rights and locational conflict. Her research often makes use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). An increasing research focus is car parking policy.