We’re an interdisciplinary team of Australia’s leading green infrastructure experts with a shared passion for using plants to make cities more liveable.
We create and embed knowledge and technologies in smart design, construction and maintenance of green spaces, trees, parks, rain gardens, community gardens and green roofs and facades in built environments.
We are part of the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.
Discuss collaboration ideas―we work with impact-driven local and international industry, researchers from diverse disciplines, government and the community.
Talk with potential supervisors about PhD and Masters project ideas―we’re here to support you in this exciting step in your research career.
Our green infrastructure research is key to liveable cities for people and biodiversity
Our changing climate, booming city populations, soaring energy costs and building works are ideal conditions to maximise the vast benefits of nature in built environments. Green infrastructure can help people in cities and towns live happier, healthier lives.
People move and exercise more, enjoy improved emotional health, breath cleaner air and, through cooler microclimates, experience less heat-related stress. People also enjoy the aesthetics, living art, culture and heritage that green infrastructure brings to life in cities.
Industry, government and the community can benefit through increased productivity and property values, while costs of flooding, stormwater management and energy decrease.
Fusing the natural world with our city life also creates and preserves valuable habitats and ecological biodiversity, conserves water and improves waterway health. Crucially for climate change adaptation and resilience, green infrastructure absorbs and reduces green house gas emissions.
We’re in this together
We value our long and close strategic collaborations with local and international industry, researchers, government and communities. Our focus on end-users, the quality of our work and the relationships we build drive our repeat and referral collaborations – our industry partners have included:
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Research projects & postgraduate opportunities
Please contact individual researchers listed under Research and People
The University of Melbourne
500 Yarra Boulevard, Burnley VIC 3121
We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated.
- Urban Green Spaces
- Urban Trees
- Urban Ecology and Biodiversity
- Green Roofs
- Green Facades and Walls
- Water Sensitive Urban Design
A/Prof John Rayner Green roofs as an adaptation to climate change, landscape design and plant performance, social and therapeutic landscapes
A/Prof Nick Williams Grassland ecology and restoration, green roofs, green walls, urban plant ecology, weed invasions
A/Prof Stephen Livesley Microclimate cooling, green roof energy savings, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, water quality
Dr Claire Farrell Green roofs, plant selection, green roof substrates, stormwater runoff, plant drought tolerance
Dr Amy Hahs Urban ecology, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), biodiversity, landscape ecology, comparative analysis (urban planning, landscape architecture)
Dr Sara Barron Urban Forestry
Dr Chris Szota Green roofs, street trees, rain gardens, stormwater runoff, plant nutrient uptake and drought tolerance
Dr Caragh Threlfall Urban ecology and biodiversity, landscape ecology, social-ecological dynamics of human dominated landscapes
Dr Kate Lee Environmental psychology, industrial and organisational psychology, green roofs, green walls
Dr Camilo Ordóñez Barona Urban nature and people, climate change adaptation, management and governance, green infrastructure technologies, urban forests and trees
- Professor Stefan Arndt
- Jess Baumann
- Dr Judy Bush
- Dr Dave Kendal
- Dr Alessandro Ossola
- Janina Konarska
- Suzanne Mavoa
- Zoë Metherell
- Pui Kwan Cheung
- Pei-Wen Chung
- Pengzhen Du
- Bihan Guo
- Paul Hanley
- Katherine Horsfall
- Rose Macaulay
- Adrian Marshall
- Zahra Saraeian
- Julia Schiller
- Dean Schrieke
- Jasmine Thom
- Patricia Torquato
- Joerg Werdin
- Roadmap for Australian Green Roofs, Walls and Facades – Report
- Roadmap for Australian Green Roofs, Walls and Facades – Summary
- Journal Articles
- Fact Sheets
- Book Chapters
- Conference papers and abstracts
Disrupt city life for the better with green infrastructure solutions.
Postgraduate research and study with us is life-changing―for you and for people in cities around the world.
We see limitless potential in plants to make cities more sustainable and support individuals, communities, industries and the environment to thrive. We’re determined to do better and hope that you’ll join us in creating powerful change.
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Bringing nature back to cities: Streetscape Biodiversity Case Study
The City of Melbourne has released a comprehensive case study of their biodiversity streetscape research project. The project has illustrated how diversifying streetscape plants can have measurable biodiversity benefits by providing resources such as habitat, food and nesting materials. Researchers Nick Williams, Caragh Threllfall, John Rayner and Jess Bauman have been working with City of Melbourne to design experiments and …21 June, 2020
Roadmap for Greener Cities
Nicholas Williams, Kate Lee and John Rayner have been working with our industry, government and research partners on the Roadmap for Green Roofs, Walls and Facades in Australia’s Urban Landscapes 2020-2030. The roadmap sets out the actions for achieving a flourishing green infrastructure industry and more liveable future green cities, and has been produced as part of a Hort Innovation …9 June, 2020 HIA
Putting Melbourne’s Green Plans into Practice
Dr Claire Farrell took part in a lively panel discussion on urban greening as part of an MPavilion event “Living Melbourne: A Practitioner’s Toolkit to Improve Urban Biodiversity” (Feb 2020). Claire’s co-presenters were Dr Nick Somes (Ecodynamics) and Emma Pryse (Greening the Pipeline). Claire spoke about how the Woody Meadow project could improve urban greening in low maintenance landscapes, especially …10 March, 2020
Global Exchanges – Sweden and China
Amy Hahs joins the China-Australia Young Scientist Exchange Program Dr Amy Hahs recently visited China as one of 16 Australian Scientists selected to participate in the 2019 Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Program (YSEP). The Program is funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. The trip included a 10-day individual study tour …19 February, 2020
Professor Terry Hartig: Nature Experience, Psychological Restoration and Health
Prof. Kathryn Williams and Assoc. Prof. Katherine Johnson received funding from the University of Melbourne Brotherton fellowship to host a visit from Professor Terry Hartig (Uppsala University, Sweden), a leader in research on nature and health....19 February, 2020 Home Page
Read about our latest research on stormwater for urban trees, citizen greening, biochar and more....18 February, 2020 Home Page
Project news: Grants, awards and collaborations
Our researchers and students are collaborating with urban managers and communities to make cities greener and cooler...18 February, 2020 Home Page
Your Perceptions of Green Roofs
We invite you to participate in 10 min online survey about what people think about different types of green roofs....13 December, 2019 HIA