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Research Fellow in Urban Resilience and Innovation, The University of Melbourne

Dr Melanie Lowe is Research Fellow in Urban Resilience and Innovation at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, The University of Melbourne. Melanie’s research investigates how to plan healthy, liveable and resilient cities, and the use of indicators to monitor and inform policy. She works collaboratively with researchers and policymakers across a range of disciplines to strengthen consideration of health in city planning. Her research has been included in local, state and federal planning and public health policy documents in Australia. She previously worked as a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University and postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Melbourne and RMIT University. Melanie completed her PhD at The University of Melbourne, and from 2014-15 she was a founding National Co-chair of the Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN).


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


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