I have a background in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Science, and I am particularly interested in urban comfort (the combination of human thermal comfort, sociocultural identity and lifestyle, and adaptive capacity). My research interests also extend to urban microclimate, cultural landscapes, climate change, and post-disaster recovery.
Before starting at James Cook University, I worked at Lincoln University in New Zealand, where I also undertook my PhD. I worked as a visiting researcher at the ILS (Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH) in Aachen, Germany, and in Palmas, in tropical Brazil, where I lectured at the UFT (Universidade Federal do Tocantins) for three years. I also have work experience in Rio Grande do Sul State, in the south of Brazil, where I studied for her BArch and MSc.