Dr Palazzo is an architect/urbanist and landscape planner. Senior lecturer at UNSW Sydney, she has a broad international experience in both academia and the profession. Her Ph.D. in urban design, regional and environmental planning examined the role of landscape architecture in urban design to achieve more equitable and environmentally sound cities. Dr Palazzo has been leading international award winning projects and plans in Europe, China and the Middle East. Her research work focusses on adaptive and transdisciplinary design strategies to address environmental change specifically exploring the role of water and bio-cultural diversity in the regeneration of urban and rural socio-ecological systems.