Cooling cities with green space: policy perspectives

Judy Bush - PhD Completion Seminar

Brown Theatre, Ground Floor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Building (Building no 193)

Abstract: As cities grapple with impacts of the urban heat island effect, exacerbated by climate change, integrating green spaces contributes to cooling cities, as well as providing many other benefits. However, space for greenery is threatened as cities grow in size and population. This research analysed how policies can contribute to retaining and maximising urban green space. The research focused on green space policies in Melbourne Australia. A study of London’s green space policies supplemented the analysis.
The research identified key policy mechanisms and policy success factors. The research found that whilst green space’s multi-functionality is promoted by policy-makers and advocates, this multi-functionality itself creates substantial challenges in governing, managing and communicating urban green space. The research highlights the role of overarching, shared and coherent narratives in transitioning from single-function infrastructure to multi-functional systems in nature-based cities.

Biography: Judy Bush is a PhD candidate, within the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Her research is part of a larger Urban Microclimates research project with the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. Prior to commencing her PhD, Judy was the Executive Officer of Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, a local government climate change alliance in northern metro Melbourne. Previous to this she was Conservation Manager at Merri Creek Management Committee, working on waterway and habitat restoration and community engagement. She has a Masters of Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in ecology.

Professor Andrew Western
A/Prof. Lu Aye
Dr Dominique Hes