Our People

  • Anita is the Academic Convenor of the College. She has a PhD in climate governance from the University of Melbourne, plus a Masters in climate change and an engineering degree from the Australian...
  • A/Prof Malte Meinshausen is Deputy Academic Convenor of the College at The University of Melbourne since 2012 and is affiliated with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. He...
  • Fiona Haines is an Academic Co-Director of the College. She is also Professor of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Her research, which encompasses work on society/industry relationships...
  • Prof Rayner is an Academic Co-Director of the College.His main research activities focus on the estimation of surface sources and sinks of CO2. He uses satellite and in-situ measurements with models...
  • A/Prof Margaret Young is an Academic Co-Director of the College. She is the Director of Studies, Environmental Law at the Melbourne Law School. She researches and teaches in the fields of public...
  • Cathy Alexander has eight years’ experience as a political journalist in Australia. For most of this time she covered environmental policy and politics, with a major focus on climate change. She...
  • Nina Araneta-Alana is a PhD Candidate at the Melbourne Law School. Her research interests are in the fields of international law, banking & finance and environmental law. Her thesis examines the...
  • Ceren holds her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology from Middle East Technical University. Before joining to the Climate and Energy College, she worked at the European Climate Foundation...
  • Natasha Ballis is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, under the supervision of Dr Murray Peel, Assoc Prof Rory Nathan, Dr Ben Henley and...
  • Tim's research interests are diverse but centre around climate change law, broadly construed to include corporate social responsibility, torts, planning and administrative law, as well as the more...
  • Debjit had completed his M.Tech in Transportation Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and worked as a Transport Planner for a year at Jacobs, before joining the university as a doctoral student. His Ph.D...
  • Giancarlo completed a Master of Science at the Pennsylvania State University in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and a degree in Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande...
  • Taegan has a Masters in botany from Charles Darwin University and a science degree from James Cook University. She has worked with government, NGO’s and Traditional Owners in the Northern Territory...
  • Stephanie is completing a PhD in political science under the supervision of Professor Lars Coenen and Professor Robyn Eckersley. She also coordinates the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute's...
  • Poomphan is an energy analyst who is specialised in low-carbon technologies as well as energy modelling. He earned his Masters in Renewable Energy and Environmental Modelling from the University of...
  • Xinyang is a joint PhD candidate between the University of Melbourne and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Xinyang achieved her bachelor degree in Ecology in the Ocean University of China and master...
  • Sonya completed a Masters of Atmospheric Science at the University of Melbourne, where she investigated changes in alpine Australia’s winter rain and snowfall events. She has worked for both the...
  • With a degree in economics and honours degrees in development studies and law, Adrian began his career as a solicitor with a leading Australian law firm before moving in-house as a corporate lawyer...
  • Philip is a Berlin born international trade and investment jurist. He obtained his Master’s degree (LL.M.) in “International and European Law: Trade and Investment Law” with distinction from...
  • Until early 2011, Ellycia worked a Marine Scientist, with Oceana – the world’s largest marine conservation organization. As part of the Climate Change and Clean Energy team in their Washington DC...
  • Andrew completed a Master of Engineering (Environmental) at the University of Melbourne specialising in waterway engineering and hydrology, where his research looked at hydrologic resilience and...
  • Madhu worked as a consultant in a multi-disciplinary environmental services firm for over a decade where he managed projects of varied environmental planning and design complexities in Australia,...
  • Kennedy Mbeva is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Melbourne. His PhD project explores the co-evolution of the trade and...
  • Dylan is a Chemical Engineer, with experience as an energy analyst. He has a detailed understanding of the cost structure of energy technologies and the electricity market. He was an author of the...
  • Zebedee completed his undergraduate Masters course in Physics at St.John’s College, University of Oxford. There he specialised in Atmospheric and Biological Physics and completed his Masters project...
  • Declan completed a Master of Engineering (Environmental) at the University of Melbourne where he undertook a research project looking at the efficacy of using soil moisture data from the Bureau of...
  • Caroline received her undergraduate education at Harvard University in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, with a secondary field in Economics. As the 2017 U.S. Fulbright Anne Wexler...
  • Nick completed a Bachelor of Communications and Diploma of Business at Monash University in 2000 and spent the next fifteen years working in various communications roles within the corporate sector...
  • Stephen undertook his undergraduate arts degree at the University of Adelaide with a major in Anthropology. He later completed Honours at the University of Melbourne with research into how rock-...
  • Seb Rattansen is an experienced policy analyst with over five years experience in both the UK and New Zealand public sectors. He has worked on strategic policy and operational policy in both...
  • Raif is an Australian professional public servant, with over 15 years experience in policy and regulatory roles pertaining to energy systems, markets and resources. Raif graduated from the University...
  • Alister is a PhD candidate through the department of Geography at the University of Melbourne. Alister holds a Master of Environment (Distinction) from the University of Melbourne, as well as a BSc (...
  • Isabela de Souza Cabral is a PhD candidate in Ocean Engineering at the University of Melbourne. She obtained a degree in Environmental Engineering and earned her Masters in Ocean Engineering from the...
  • Kieran completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at the University of Queensland in 2010, before working as a professional engineer in project management and delivery roles throughout Australia...
  • Alicia has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Physical Geography from University of Cologne in Germany. During her Masters, she was working as a research assistant in the lab of Climatology and Hydrology...
  • After finishing her Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne, Pia has spent the past ten years working as a climate specialist, mainly in the international development sector. From 2013...
  • Alexei was previously a research associate at the RMIT University Global Cities Research Institute, working across a range of climate change adaptation projects in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as...
  • Skye has a background in environment and development issues across the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on responding to environmental and climate change risks and uncertainty. She works on the...
  • Clare Walter
    Clare originally trained as a hospital pharmacist specialising in oncology/pain and palliative care. Working in the lung clinics at Peter MacCallum cancer centre sparked an interest in the link...
  • Changlong Wang grew up in China, studied at the Australian National University and has an engineering degree in Sustainable Energy Systems, Electronic Systems, Mechanical and Material Systems. In his...
  • Annabelle Workman completed her undergraduate degree at Melbourne, majoring in Politics and Chinese. In her Honours year, she investigated China's environmental policies in the lead-up to the Beijing...
  • Matthew initially worked for over a decade in the global financial news and information business companies such as: Knight Ridder, Dow Jones and Reuters where he gained experience working in the...
  • Kate Dooley undertook a PhD at the University of Melbourne investigating the science-policy interface around terrestrial carbon science in international climate politics. Kate holds an MSc in...
  • Mandy Freund a climate scientist and Post Doctoral Fellow at CSIRO Agriculture and Food working on tropical climate variability and its impact on north Australian agriculture. Mandy undertook her PhD...
  • Dimitri Lafleur completed his PhD with the University of Melbourne in 2018, and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO. Dimitri is from the Netherlands, but has been living in Australia for the last 9...
  • Rachelle Meyer completed her PhD at the Climate and Energy College in 2017 and is now working at the University of Melbourne on the impacts of extreme events and associated risk management strategies...
  • Alexander Nauels completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2017, where he synthesized knowledge about multi-centennial sea level rise projections. He is now Scientific Advisor at Climate...
  • Alex is an environmental scientist with experience across a range of fields. He graduated from RMIT University in early 2014 with a double undergraduate degree and honours degree in enviromental...
  • Graham Palmer is a researcher, with an industry background as an engineer and researcher in manufacturing, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and electronics. He has published in the...
  • Yann completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2018 and is currently a research fellow in IDDRI's climate team. Yann obtained a Master’s in climate, ocean and atmosphere science (Pierre and...
  • In 2013, Nasim received her MSc degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Her thesis was on Chemical-Looping Combustion (CLC), a technology for carbon...
  • Kate studied an Honours in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Queensland. During this period the 2010-2011 floods occurred and she developed an interest in disaster modelling. Pursuing...
  • Elisabeth Vogel
    Elisabeth completed her PhD at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, researching the effects of climate extreme events on global agriculture. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Elisabeth...
  • Martin Wainstein is Innovator-in-Residence at Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale. He is also a research associate at the Yale department of Electrical Engineering, and a research affiliate...
  • Anne is the College Manager at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College. Anne has a background in international collaboration, stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, program management...
  • Tansu Alpcan’s research involves applications of distributed decision making, game theory, communicaton and control to various security and resource allocation problems in networked and energy...
  • Dr Meenakshi Arora is a Senior Lecturer and E Learning coordinator in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. She teaches Water and Waste Water Management,...
  • Patrick Baker is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, at the...
  • Professor Jon Barnett is not available for supervision Jon is Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Geography at Melbourne University. He is a political geographer...
  • Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs leads a group of clinicians and researchers with interests in infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and immigrant health. International health activities are...
  • Dr. Grant Blashki has been a practicing GP for over 20 years and is an Associate Professor in Global Health at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of...
  • Kathryn Bowen is a social epidemiologist working at the nexus of global change, health and governance issues. Her formal qualifications are BA/Psyc (Hons) (Newcastle) and MSc (International Health) (...
  • Adam is a Senior Lecturer Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, and holds a doctorate from Oxford University in carbon finance. Adam is also CEO and Co-Founder of RedGrid; an...
  • Dr Peter Christoff teaches and researches climate politics and policy in the Department of Resource Management and Geography. He is a member of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate...
  • Lars Coenen joined MSSI in January 2017 as the inaugural ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’, an initiative between the City of Melbourne and University of Melbourne aimed at improving the...
  • A/Prof Robert Crawford has broad research expertise and interest in the built environment, sustainability, life cycle assessment and renewable energy. His research focuses on building environmental...
  • Luke Connal received a bachelor’s of Chemical engineering in 2002 and a PhD in polymer chemistry in 2007 both from the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2007 to 2009 he completed a post-...
  • Dr Brendan Cullen is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, researching and teaching in pasture agronomy, livestock production systems and farm systems modelling.
  • Dr Roger Dargaville is a senior lecturer at Monash University. Roger was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of...
  • Richard is Professor and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre ( www.piccc.org.au ), a joint research initiative between the University of Melbourne and Agriculture Victoria...
  • Robyn Eckersley
    Robyn Eckersley was educated at the University of Western Australia, Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Tasmania, and taught political science at Monash University from 1992-2001 before...
  • Marco Ghisalberti is in the Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources group in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. His research is in the area of environmental fluid mechanics and...
  • Lee Godden (PhD, MA, B.Leg S, BA Hons) is the Director, Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. She researches in environmental resources law, natural resources law, water law, and...
  • Brendan Gleeson joined Melbourne University in January 2012 as Professor of Urban Policy Studies and then took on the directorship of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute in early 2013...
  • Professor Green holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture and an interdisciplinary Doctorate in landscape planning/design and environmental psychology...
  • I am a geographer whose research examines human-environment relations, both conceptual and material. That is, I want to understand how humans have physically changed earth’s systems, how we think...
  • Ben is a Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne, working with David Karoly, Murray Peel, Rory Nathan and Ailie Gallant on the Victorian Drought Risk Inference...
  • Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the inaugural Director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science at the University of Queensland. Prof Hoegh-Guldberg is deeply-motivated by a desire...
  • Dr Rachel Hughes is a cultural and political geographer with wide-ranging interests in the geographies of law, geopolitics, social memory and visual and material cultures. Her prior research has...
  • Research Interests Dye sensitised solar cells Flexible electronics Organic electronic materials Organic semi-conductors Organic solar cells Printed solar cells Solar Cell Research (renewable energy)
  • Professor David Karoly is an internationally recognised expert in climate change and climate variability, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate...
  • Rod has research interests and experience in forest management and forest and climate policy, climate change adaptation and forest assessment. He has been a leading innovator at the interface between...
  • Dr Andrew King is a Lecturer in Climate Science and ARC DECRA fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in Climate Science at UNSW in 2015 and previously...
  • Todd Lane is an atmospheric scientist with research interests that include atmospheric dynamics, mesoscale meteorology, thunderstorms, aircraft turbulence, cloud processes, numerical modelling and...
  • Dr Leslie A. Martin received her PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. She is a Lecturer of Economics at The University of Melbourne and is an expert in energy and...
  • Daniel was previously Fellow in Global Politics in the Department of Government, London School of Economics, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sussex, and Lecturer in Security Studies in...
  • A/Prof Minnegal lectures in anthropology at the University of Melbourne, with primary teaching and supervision interests in the areas of ecological/environmental anthropology and economic...
  • Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is the Director of the Research Unit on Regional Governance ast the EU Centre on...
  • Dr Guillermo Narsilio is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (and Associate Professor) in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is also a member of...
  • Rory Nathan has over 35 years’ experience in engineering and environmental hydrology. He has spent the majority of his career in private industry, and now focuses his time on research and teaching in...
  • Dr Lisa Palmer is a human geographer who teaches and researches on human-environment relations and indigenous approaches to environmental and social governance. Her research takes a critical...
  • Alan is a Senior Industry Fellow at RMIT. He was previously an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, and taught part-time in the environment program from 2002 until 2015. Alan has worked in the sustainable...
  • Jacqueline Peel is a Professor of law and Associate Director of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne Law School. She is also a co-chair of the...
  • Dr Murray Peel is a Senior Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD (Geography) and a BSc (Hons) from the...
  • Dr Peterson has over 17 years experience in hydrological and hydrogeological research and consulting. His research focus is on detecting long-term change in catchment hydrological processes and...
  • Professor Chris Ryan, Director of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne, has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology, environmental policy and...
  • Mike Sandiford
    Prof Mike Sandiford is an ARC Professorial Research Fellow studying tectonic activity within the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, particularly focussing on the factors that have shaped the landscape...
  • Dr Schofield is a lecturer for Climate System Science in the School of Earth sciences. Her recent research encompasses many areas of atmospheric chemistry, such as the Southern Hemisphere climate...
  • I have held posts at Macquarie University and Swinburne University, Australia and been an Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore where my main research focus was on extreme event...
  • Professor Mark Stevenson is an epidemiologist and Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health at the University of Melbourne. His appointment is across the Melbourne Schools of Design, Engineering...
  • Dr Michael Stewardson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He is involved with the Departmental Research Group in Environmental...
  • Dr Sebastian Thomas is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in climate strategy and environmental social science. His work examines human-nature relations – the interconnected economic,...
  • Dr Jason N E Varuhas (BA LLB (Hons) VUW, LLM UCL, PhD Cambridge) is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, and Co-Director of Studies for the Government Law and Public and International...
  • Kevin Walsh is a professor in the School of Earth Sciences. He specialises in tropical meteorology, climate change and climate variability.
  • Dr Ying-Ping Wang completed his PhD in plant ecophysiology from the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Edinburgh in 1988, and moved to CSIRO, Australian in 1990. He currently...
  • Expertise: Applied Statistics (Environmental Analysis, Bayesian Modelling) Ecological Modelling (Populations, Landscapes) Freshwater Ecology (Environmental Flows)
  • Stephan Winter is Professor for Spatial Information Science in the Department of Infrastructure Engineeering at The University of Melbourne. Research Interests Intelligent transportation and urban...
  • John Wiseman
    John Wiseman is a Professorial Fellow with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and with the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Research Fellow...
  • Dr Wong is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, the University of Melbourne. He is a Chief Investigator and Research Theme leader in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. Dr Wong...
  • Ian Young is Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this appointment he held the administrative roles of Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University and...
  • Expertise: Near-surface geothermal energy Nuclear repository mass movements Heat and gas storage (CO2 storage) Divide and karst systems geomaterials
  • Jan Cermak's main research interest is the role of aerosol and clouds in the climate system, which he tries to better understand using remote-sensing approaches. At KI, he is a member of the...
  • Alexander Colsmann studied physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, where he received his diploma in 2003. He worked on his diploma thesis “Light emission and transistor effect in...
  • Katja Frieler
    Katja Frieler holds a Diploma in Mathematics of the University of Bielefeld and a Ph.D. in “Physics of the Atmosphere” of the University of Potsdam. As Ph.D. student she worked at the Alfred-Wegener-...
  • Dr. Goeppert has expertise in groundwater quality, tracing techniques, solute and colloidal transport, hydrochemistry
  • Teaching Introduction to hydrogeology Applied hydrogeology Regional hydrogeology Karst hydrogeology Hydrological tracing techniques Field school, field trips Research Hydrogeology of karst aquifer...
  •  Louise Jeffery
    Dr. Louise Jeffery is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany where she leads the PRIMAP emissions module group. At PIK, Louise examines the...
  • Expertise: electromobility Environmental economics, climate change and road traffic modeling Econometrics
  • Matthias is a postdoctoral researcher at Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He received a Phd in Climate Physics from Potsdam University and PIK. He holds a M.Sc. in Physics from...
  • Prof. Jan Christoph Minx, PhD, is head of the Working Group Applied Sustainability Science at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and is Professor for Science-...
  • Dr. Möhler is the Scientific director of AIDA cloud chamber facility and deputy director IMK-AAF, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. His expertise are in atmospheric aerosol processes,...
  • Research activities Processes of ecosystem and land use system change Environmental health Urban ecology and geochemistry Aerosol mineralogy and chemistry Freshwater biogeochemistry Soil mineralogy...
  • Dr Andre Stephan has expertise in the built environment, sustainability, life cycle assessment, computer modelling and energy efficiency. His research focuses on life cycle environmental assessment...
  • Peter Vortisch is Professor (W3) for Transport Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), and Head of the Institute for Transport Studies. Research Interests Modelling transport,...
  • Dr Wagner is the Head of the group “Characterization of mechanical and electrical properties” Her expertise are Perovskites, Ferroelectric materials, Mechanical properties of brittle materials,...
  • Professor Justin Zobel is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International Research). He received his PhD...
  • Michael Brear is the Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne. He guides the Institute’s research on the technical, economic, environmental and social impacts of...
  • Adrian has extensive experience with developing international collaborations as a researcher, policy maker and program administrator. Adrian completed his PhD at James Cook University before leading...
  • Ross Garnaut is an economist whose career has been built around the analysis of and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the...
  • Don Henry joined Melbourne University in May 2014 and is based in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute as the Melbourne Enterprise Professor of Environmentalism. Professor Henry's role is to...
  • Ken graduated from Cardiff University with a first class degree in applied chemistry before spending 20 years with BP globally. His energy sector experience spans markets in Europe, North and South...
  • Carmel has significant leadership experience in strategic and business development in International education. More recently she has lead the student recruitment and mobility teams to outcomes that...
  • Dr Helmut Philipp Aust is a Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University Berlin, Faculty of Law and currently Visiting Scholar at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne...
  • Katja holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Hamburg, Germany, undertaken at the Federal and Maritime Agency. The last ten years she worked part-time (at GEOMAR, Germany and...
  • Visiting Researcher Kai's PhD thesis is on extreme weather, specifically on 'Midlatitudinal rossby Waves and extreme weather'. His research interests are atmosphere dynamics, large scale circulation...
  • Alexander Maier
    Alex grew up in Germany, but spent some of his adolescence in Canada. He enrolled at the European Business School (EBS) in Germany for his undergraduate studies and pursued an exchange semester in...
  • Christin studied Geography at the University of Bonn and Hamburg where she specialized in environmental topics such as climate change, water management and agriculture. Her research interests are...
  • Marina Povitkina is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science and Quality of Government Institute at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research is in comparative environmental...
  • Dr Wolfram Dressler is an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne's School of Geography. His research interests include the politics of conservation and development, neoliberalism,...
  • Dr Rosalind Bark is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy, University of Leeds. In July she starts a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship at the...
  • Paul Burke is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy. Paul’s research focuses on energy, the environment, transport, and the economies of the...

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