Dr Chris Ives is a Research Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. His work revolves around understanding human-environment interactions in urban landscapes.
Chris is also part of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and National Environment Research Program (NERP), funded by the Australian Government.
Chris’ interests are in applied ecological and social research and how science is integrated with urban environmental policy. He has undertaken projects in a number of research areas including:
- Urban ecology and biodiversity
- Environmental law and policy
- Social values and attitudes
- Sustainability science
- Urban river and riparian management
Chris is currently researching how people value and use public green open spaces in suburban contexts and how biodiversity might influence park preference. Results from this project will inform the planning of Australia’s future urban landscapes. He is also undertaking research to investigate how future population growth in Australia might best be distributed to minimise impacts on biodiversity at the continental scale.
- BEnvSc (Macquarie University), 2006
- PhD (Macquarie University), 2012
- Whitehead, A.,Kujalah, H.,Ives, C.,Gordon, A.,Lentini, P.,Wintle, B.,Nicholson, E.,Raymond, C. (2014). Integrating biological and social values when prioritizing places for biodiversity conservation In: Conservation Biology, 28, 992 - 1003
- Ives, C.,Kendal, D. (2014). The role of social values in the management of ecological systems In: Journal of Environmental Management, 144, 67 - 72
- Lechner, A.,Raymond, C.,Adams, V.,Polyakov, M.,Gordon, A.,Rhodes, J.,Mills, M.,Stein, A.,Ives, C.,Lefroy, E. (2014). Characterizing spatial uncertainty when integrating social data in conservation planning In: Conservation Biology, 28, 1497 - 1511
- Ives, C.,Taylor, M.,Nipperess, D.,Hose, G. (2013). Effect of catchment urbanization on ant diversity in remnant riparian corridors In: Landscape and Urban Planning, 110, 155 - 163
- Ives, C.,Kendal, D. (2013). Values and attitudes of the urban public towards peri urban agricultural land In: Land Use Policy, 34, 80 - 90
- Ives, C.,Taylor, M.,Davies, P. (2013). A setback for river and riparian ecosystems: A response to the New South Wales Office of Water 2012 policy on riparian corridors In: Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 30, 122 - 131
- Ives, C.,Beilin, R.,Gordon, A.,Kendal, D.,Hahs, A.,McDonnell, M. (2013). Local assessment of Melbourne: The biodiversity and social-ecological dynamics of Melbourne, Australia In: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities: A Global Assessment, Springer, Dordrecht
- Dyball, R.,Ives, C.,White, I. (2013). Regional assessment of Oceania In: Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer, Netherlands
- Ives, C.,Hose, G.,Nipperess, D.,Taylor, M. (2011). Environmental and landscape factors influencing ant and plant diversity in suburban riparian corridors In: Landscape and Urban Planning, 103, 372 - 382
- Davies, P.,Ives, C.,Findlay, S.,Taylor, M. (2011). Urban rivers and riparian systems: directions and recommendations for legislators, policy makers, developers and community users In: Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 28, 313 - 331