Principal Research Fellow – Urban Social Resilience, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne

Janet Stanley is a Principal Research Fellow - Urban Social Resilience at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, visiting Professor at the University of Hiroshima, Japan, a Director of the National Centre for Research in Bushfire & Arson and a Director of Stanley & Co., consultants in sustainable policy. Prior to this, Janet was Chief Research Officer at Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University.

Originally specialising in child protection and family violence, Janet now focuses on the interface between social, environmental and economic issues in climate change and sustainability, across policy, system design, and at community levels. This work particularly focuses on sustainability issues for those people experiencing social exclusion and disadvantage. Most recent work has been on transport and land use in a 20 minute city, social policy and climate change and the prevention of bushfire arson. Janet has been an advisor to state and federal governments, is on the Board of the charitable trust, the George Hicks Foundation and is a member of the Future Melbourne Network.


  • 2008–present
    Chief Research Officer, Monash University
  • 2006–2008
    Senior Research Fellow, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2004–2008
    Senior Manager, Research & Policy, Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • 2004–2008
    Partner, UNESCO Arts and Health Observatory for Australasia, University of Melbourne


  • 1998 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 1991 
    Monash University, Masters of Social Work
  • 1975 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Commerce