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Usha Iyer-Raniga

Professor, Sustainable Built Environment, RMIT University

Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga is at the School of Property and Construction Management, RMIT University. Usha is co-leading the One Planet Network’s Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC), United Nations 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (UN 10FYP SCP) aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 12. She is also Chair of the Second Symposium on Sustainable Development Research in the Asia Pacific to be held in India in December 2019.

Usha’s primary interest is in sustainability of the built environment, in achieving practical solutions to ensure sustainable outcomes for the users of the built environment. Usha brings cross disciplinary and project management experiences to her teaching and research.

Qualified in her undergraduate degree as an architect, Usha has worked in architectural practices in India, Canada and Australia. She received her Masters degree from Canada and her Doctorate in Australia. Her passion in sustainability commenced through energy efficiency and conservation, which has now broadened to triple bottom line sustainability for buildings and the built environment.

Post her PhD, Usha has worked in private consulting and in government where she worked on matters pertaining to introduction of regulatory compliance for energy efficiency measures in the residential and commercial building sectors in Australia. Usha has been invited as key note speaker and invited speaker at national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. Her teaching portfolio extends to Asian countries. She has been involved as an expert in panel discussions for Australian government, as well as for international organisations and industry including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Usha is member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB), Green Star Associate (GSA) and member of the International Education Association of Australia (MIEAA). She is reviewer and scientific committee member for national and international refereed journals and refereed conferences. She is on the editorial board for refereed journals and has been a Board Member of the not-for-profit Alternative Technology Association (ATA) in Australia. She is currently on the Green Building Council of Australia’s Advisory Board and Member and Victorian Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC). She is also a member of the Victorian Division of the Property Council of Australia’s Sustainability and Wellness Committee, Novus Victoria (CIOB) and Director Education of Australasian Campus Towards Sustainability (ACTS). Usha has been panel judge for a number of awards, the most recent one being the Premiers Sustainability Award in Victoria.
Usha Iyer-Raniga has published a total of over 100 publications, including research/consulting reports. The full breadth of her publications are scientific and technical research publications include edited books, book chapters, refereed journals, refereed conference papers and reports to local, state and federal government clients. She has received state, national and international funding worth over USD $25 million.

Usha’s biography has been included in the Marquis Who's Who in the World® 2018, 2016 (33rd Edition), along with approximately 55,000 of the most accomplished men and women from around the world, including luminaries as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In 2017, Usha was awarded the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achiever Award.


  • 2008–present
    Professor, School of Property, Construction and Project Management


  • 1998 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1990 
    University of British Columbia, Masters
  • 1988 
    University of Bombay, Bachelors with Honours

Professional Memberships

  • GSA: Green Star Associate
  • Member, International Education Association of Australia
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)


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