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
Kirsten Parris
CAUL Hub Leader
UoM Urban Greening, Urban Habitat, Study Sites
Joe Hurley
CAUL Hub Deputy Leader
RMIT Urban Greening, Urban Systems
Marco Amati
Leader, Project 4 - Urban Systems for Liveability
RMIT Urban Greening,Urban Systems
Sarah Bekessy
Strategic Leadership Group
RMIT Urban Habitat,Study Sites
Bryan Boruff
Deputy Leader, Project 4 - Urban Systems for Liveability
UWA Urban Systems,Study Sites
Judy Bush
Deputy Leader, Project 3 - Urban Greening for Liveability and Biodiversity
UoM Urban Greening
Jago Dodson
Strategic Leadership Group
RMIT Urban Systems
Hugh Forehead
Leader, Project 7 - Air Quality in Australia
UoW Air Quality
Billie Giles-Corti
Strategic Leadership Group
RMIT Urban Greening,Urban Systems
Jane Heyworth
Strategic Leadership Group
UWA Air Quality
Cecily Maller
Co-Leader, Project 6 - Social and Biodiversity Benefits of Urban Greening: A network of Integrated Study Sites
RMIT Urban Greening, Urban Habitat, Study Sites
Luis Mata
Co-Leader, Project 6 - Social and Biodiversity Benefits of Urban Greening: A network of Integrated Study Sites
RMIT Urban Habitat, Study Sites
Clare Murphy
Leader, Project 1 - Western Air-Shed and Particulate Study for Sydney (WASPSS)
UoW Air Quality
Cathy Oke
Knowledge Broker
UoM Knowledge Broker
Natasha Pauli
Co-Leader, Project 6 - Social and Biodiversity Benefits of Urban Greening: A network of Integrated Study Sites
UWA Study Sites
Cristina Ramalho
Leader, Project 3 - Urban Greening for Liveability and Biodiversity
UWA Urban Greening, Urban Habitat, Study Sites
Kylie Soanes
Deputy Leader, Project 5 - The Shared Urban Habitat
UoM Urban Habitat
Caragh Threlfall
Leader, Project 5 - The Shared Urban Habitat
UoM Urban Greening, Urban Habitat, Study Sites
Nicholas Williams
Strategic Leadership Group
UoM Urban Greening, Urban Habitat, Study Sites

CAUL Hub Steering Committee

Name Organisation
Dr May Carter (Chair) Senior Policy Officer - Sport and Recreation
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (WA)
Mr Rob Turk (Deputy Chair) Australasian Sustainability and Climate Change Leader
Mr Jason Barrow Co-Chair, CAUL Hub Indigenous Advisory Group
Cultural Awareness Officer, Kurongkurl Katitjon
Edith Cowan University
Professor Tim Entwisle Director and Chief Executive
Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria
Associate Professor Joe Hurley Deputy Leader, CAUL Hub
RMIT University
Ms Maddison Miller Co-Chair, CAUL Hub Indigenous Advisory Group
Heritage Victoria
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Dr Cathy Oke Knowledge Broker, CAUL Hub
University of Melbourne
Ms Natasha Palich Executive Officer, Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE),
Municipal Association of Victoria
Associate Professor Kirsten Parris Leader, CAUL Hub
University of Melbourne
Mr Troy Pickard Former President of ALGA and Former Mayor City of Joondalup
Mr Matthew Riley Director, Climate and Atmospheric Science
Office of Environment and Heritage
Ms Helen Rowe Head of Innovation and Strategy
CoDesign Studio
Mr Ian Shears Practice Lead, Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure
City of Melbourne
Ms Lee-Anne Shepherd Director, Science Partnerships
Department of the Environment and Energy

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
Maddison Miller, Co-Chair Archaeologist, Heritage Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Lauren Arabena Indigenous Research Officer, Centre for Urban Design, RMIT
Jade Kennedy Indigenous Project Officer, Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong
Kirstine Lee Wallis Assistant Development Manager, Lend Lease
Luke Briscoe CEO Indigilab

CAUL Hub Executive Team

Name Role
Angela Bruckner Business Manager
Mika Zollner Communications Officer
Zena Cumpston Indigenous Knowledge Broker
Cathy Oke Knowledge Broker

CAUL Hub Researchers

Name Institution Research projects
Lauren Arabena RMIT Urban Systems
Jonathan Arundel RMIT Urban Systems
Stephanie Beaupark UoW Air Quality
Kathryn Bowen UoM/IUFRO Study Sites
Michael Buxton RMIT Urban Systems
Melanie Davern RMIT Urban Greening, Urban Systems, Study Sites
Nicholas Deutscher UoW Air Quality
Dawn Dickinson UWA Urban Greening
Doreena Dominick UoW Air Quality,
Leila Farahani RMIT Urban Systems, Study Sites
Claire Farell UoM Practical Solutions (theme leader)
Jenny Fisher UoW Air Quality
Tim Fletcher UoM Urban Greening, Urban Habitat
Nigel Goodman UoM Air Quality
Elise-Andree Guerette UoW Air Quality
Dominique Hes UoM Urban Greening
Carl Higgs RMIT Urban Systems, Study Sites
Richard Hobbs UWA Urban Greening, Urban Habitat
Ralph Horne RMIT Urban Systems
Nicholas Jones UoW Air Quality
Dave Kendal UoM, UTas Urban Greening, Study Sites
Kate Lee UoM Urban Greening, Urban Habitat, Study Sites
Pia Lentini UoM Urban Habitat
Tiebei (Terry) Li RMIT Urban Systems, Air Quality
Stephen Livesley UoM Urban Greening, Urban Habitat
Sareh Moosavi UoM Urban Greening, Urban Habitat
Justin Oogjes UoM Study Sites
Pascal Perez UoW Air Quality
Frances Phillips UoW Air Quality
Libby Porter RMIT Urban Systems
Peter Julian Rayner UoM Air Quality
Alex Saunders UWA Urban Systems
Robyn Schofield UoM Air Quality
Jeremy Silver UoM Air Quality
Anne Steinemann UoM Air Quality
Chayn Sun RMIT Urban Systems
Steve Utembe UoM Air Quality
Chris Walsh UoM Urban Habitat
Matt West UoM Urban Habitat
Kathryn Williams UoM Urban Greening, Urban Habitat, Study Sites
Stephen Wilson UoW Air Quality

Kirsten Parris

Kirsten Parris is an Associate Professor of Urban Ecology in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at The University of Melbourne, and the Leader of the NESP Hub for Clean Air and Urban Landscapes (CAUL). She has a deep affinity with frogs, and research interests that span urban ecology, conservation biology, animal behaviour, field survey methods and ecological ethics. In 2016, she published Ecology of Urban Environments (Wiley Blackwell), a text book for upper-level undergraduate and Masters students that provides an accessible introduction to urban ecology, using existing ecological theory to identify generalities in the complexity of urban environments. Kirsten’s current research projects focus on the impacts of urban noise on acoustic communication in birds and frogs; the ecological costs and benefits of artificial wetlands in urban landscapes; community ecology in cities; and practical ways in which humans can better share the urban environment with other species. She also enjoys science communication including stand-up science comedy. You can read more about her research at

Selected Publications

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.

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

Associate Professor Joe Hurley is the Associate Dean, Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University and a member of the Centre for Urban Research. His research focuses on the intersection between urban planning and urban sustainability, in particular on the role of urban governance and policy in producing sustainable outcomes. Within the hub he leads a project called 'Making Greening Happen in Consolidating Cities' which interrogates urban development, urban vegetation and the role of strategic and statutory planning in sustaining an urban forest. He is a chief investigator on several other research projects funded by the Smart Cities and Suburbs program; The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; and the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. Joe takes a particular interest in the relationship between research and practice worlds and is actively involved in work to reduce the barriers to exchange and enhance collaboration. Dr Hurley is a Senior Lecturer with the Sustainability and Urban Planning program at RMIT University and member of the . 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

Cathy is the Knowledge Broker for the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub based at the University of Melbourne. Dr Cathy Oke has over 20 years' experience in the sustainability sector and holds a PhD in molecular science from LaTrobe University. Cathy has been a Councillor at the City of Melbourne since 2008, with portfolios including Environment, Transport and Finance & Governance. Prior to joining the CAUL Hub, Cathy was a research fellow at the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University, and for 8 years Cathy worked in environmental education and events with the Kids Teaching Kids program. Cathy is the First Vice President of ICLEI, the biggest network of local governments for sustainability. On ICLEI's Global Executive Committee she holds the Research and Biodiverse Cities portfolios, and co-chairs the Knowledge and Research hub of Cities With Nature. Cathy is also a founding board member of Tipping Point Australia.

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.

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.