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Postdoctoral Fellow in Resilient Cities, The University of Melbourne

Dr Svenja Keele is a postdoctoral fellow in the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. Dr Keele's research is about finding new ways to govern complex environmental problems like climate change adaptation, urban resilience and energy transitions. She is interested in the way states, markets and expertise interact to shape policy choices and create new frontiers for investment and innovation. Her PhD examined the role and influence of consultants in advising governments on climate change adaptation. Svenja also has over a decade of professional experience in environmental planning, corporate sustainability and climate change projects in consulting and government, both in Australia and overseas.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer and Researcher, University of Melbourne
  • 2014–2017
    Doctoral Candidate, University of Melbourne
  • 2011–2013
    Senior Consultant, Arup
  • 2009–2010
    Principal Sustainability Officer, Boroondara City Council
  • 2004–2008
    Senior Consultant, ENVIRON


  • 2018 
    University of Melbourne, PhD in Geography
  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne, Master of Environment
  • 2003 
    University of Melbourne, BA/BSc (Hons)