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Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow, RMIT University

Melanie investigates how to plan healthy and resilient cities and develops evidence-informed indicators to monitor and inform policy. She works at the interface of the urban planning and public health fields and collaborates with researchers and policymakers to strengthen consideration of health in city planning. Her research has been included in local, state and federal government policy in Australia. She is Co-Director of the Global Observatory of Healthy and Sustainable Cities, which develops and provides indicators of healthy and sustainable urban design and planning for cities across the globe.


  • 2021–present
    Research Fellow , University of Melbourne
  • 2017–2021
    Lecturer in Public Health, Australian Catholic University
  • 2017–2017
    Postdoctoral research fellow, RMIT University
  • 2016–2017
    Research fellow, School for Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne


  • 2016 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Public Health
  • 2007 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)