Senior Research Fellow, Healthy Liveable Cities Group, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Dr Melanie Davern is a Senior Research Fellow and CoDirector of the Healthy Liveable Cities Group with the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. Her research interests focus on liveability, community and individual wellbeing with specific expertise in the development and use of indicators as a measurement tool for policy development, program evaluation and community engagement. Melanie has extensive expertise in the development and application of indicators for health, social and community planning, worked closely with a range of government and community partners and is passionate about using data as a catalyst for action. Melanie is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.


  • 2012–present
    Director Community Indicators Victoria and Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne


  • 2005 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 1995 
    University of Melbourne, BSc(Hons)