Susie Moloney is a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Urban Research in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Her research is focused on urban sustainability and the interconnections between the social, technical and governance changes required to improve our urban environments and social practices.
Susie completed her PhD in urban planning at the University of Melbourne in 2002. She has worked in both the public and private sectors as an urban planning consultant, including co-authoring the technical report on Activity Centre planning for Melbourne 2030. She worked for the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability as Project Manager of Urban Research preparing the first Victorian State of Environment Report released in 2008. Susie was appointed as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Design, RMIT to work on a three-year ARC Linkage project ’
Susie has an urban planning and environmental sustainability background with an honours degree in Planning and Design and a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis focused on the changing role of urban planning and environmental policy in response to the imperative for cities to become globally competitive. The research involved a comparative analysis of urban planning policy in Melbourne, Vancouver and Copenhagen between the early 1970s through to the late 1990s. Susie has a long standing interest in the challenges of planning for sustainable urban environments and developing the policy and participatory processes required to achieve such outcomes. Her research areas include: urban planning, urban sustainability and governance, urban renewal and placemaking, climate change mitigation and adaptation and social change through changing social practices.
Susie worked for the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability on the first State of Environment Report for Victoria released in 2008, focusing particularly on methods for reporting on the consumption of energy, water and materials and the key drivers of environmental change. Her post-doctoral research at the Centre for Design working on the Carbon Neutral Communities ARC linkage project (2007–2010), took an empirical approach incorporating both quantitative and qualititative methods to address the technical assessment and social and economic factors in community’s transition to carbon neutrality*. Susie focused in particular on the role of behaviour change initiatives targeting household energy use carrying out a review of over 100 programs across Australia.
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Susie’s other areas of research focusing on urban planning and governance has included a major project with Places Victoria, the Victorian state government developer, on ’Applied Placemaking’ involving the completion of two reports in 2012 on the theory and practice of placemaking in urban renewal. She is currently writing a book about urban planning and sustainability in Melbourne with Robin Goodman and Michael Buxton to be published by CSIRO in 2014.
In 2013 Susie along with Professor Ralph Horne began working on a 4 year international comparative study supported by the European Science Research Council (ESRC) titled ’Low Carbon Urban Transitions: a Comparative International Network’. The network includes researchers from the UK, China, India, South Africa and the US.
Leading researcher with a total budget of $20,000 on grant from Places Victoria for the Applied Placemaking research project (total grant of $100,000), 2011–2012.
Co-convenor and project leader on grant of $15,000 from the Think Tank Project: Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Research Centre (VCCCAR) Adapting Housing Aspirations and Expectations on the Coastal Suburban and Regional Fringe, 2011–2012.
Co-evaluator and steering committee member for project evaluation on ’Sustainable Families Project’ for Kildonan Uniting Care on grant of AU$8,500 funded by Sustainability Victoria, 2010–2012.
BPlan&Design(Hons), PhD Melb
- Horne, R.,Moloney, S.,Dalton, T. (2016). Beyond the split incentive: Governing socio-technical relations in private rental housing retrofit In: Retrofitting Cities: Priorities, Governance and Experimentation, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom
- Strengers, Y.,Moloney, S.,Maller, C.,Horne, R. (2015). Beyond behaviour change: practical applications of social practice theory in behaviour change programmes In: Social Practices, Intervention and Sustainability: Beyond Behaviour Change, Routledge, New York, United States
- Moloney, S.,Horne, R. (2015). Low carbon urban transitioning: From local experimentation to urban transformation? In: Sustainability (Switzerland), 7, 2437 - 2453
- Moloney, S.,Fuenfgeld, H. (2015). Emergent processes of adaptive capacity building: Local government climate change alliances and networks in Melbourne In: Urban Climate, 14, 30 - 40
- Moloney, S.,Strengers, Y. (2014). 'Going green'?: The limitations of behaviour change programmes as a policy response to escalating resource consumption In: Environmental Policy and Governance, 24, 94 - 107
- Moloney, S.,Turner, S.,Glover, A.,Fuenfgeld, H. (2014). A Review of the Monitoring and Evaluation Literature for Climate Change Adaptation In: Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA) and the Victorian Government Melbourne, Australia
- Moloney, S.,Goodman, R. (2013). Rethinking housing affordability and provision in the context of climate change In: Proceedings of the 10th International Urban Planning and Environment Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 24-27 July 2012
- Maller, C.,Strengers, Y.,Moloney, S.,Nicholls, L. (2013). The great Australian nightmare? The problem of escalating housing aspirations and expectations and adaptation to climate change In: 2013 Conference Proceedings: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Caulfield, Australia, 25-28 November 2013
- Moloney, S.,Horne, R. (2013). Low carbon urban transitions: A Melbourne case study In: Proceedings of State of Australian Cities Conference 2013, Sydney, Australia, 26-29 November 2013
- Goodman, R.,Moloney, S. (2011). Melbourne's activity centre policy: A post-mortem In: State of Australian Cities National Conference 2011, Melbourne, Australia, 29 November - 2 December 2011
- Implementing Sustainability in the Built Environment. Funded by: Australian Communities Foundation Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
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