Dr Cecily Maller is a Senior Research Fellow in RMIT's Centre for Urban Research and the recipient of a VicHealth Research Practice Fellowship in Community Development and Residential Planning (2010–2015).
Cecily Maller's research for the Fellowship investigates the planned, emerging and accidental health outcomes of ’Selandra Rise’, a demonstration residential housing development in Melbourne’s south east growth corridor. She is exploring how best practice planning at a neighbourhood scale can lead to better health and wellbeing outcomes for residents.
Cecily’s broader research interests focus on the social dimensions of health, wellbeing and sustainability, focusing on interactions between people and natural, built and social environments in the context of everyday life. Recent projects have focused on social practices involving energy and water use in migrant and ’green renovating’ households, with the aim of informing policy and moving beyond dominant rationalist and neoliberal paradigms. Cecily’s PhD, funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, explored contact with nature and children’s mental, emotional and social health in the context of sustainability education. Currently she is exploring the complexities of planning for health, with a particular focus on tensions between relational and place-based understandings of community.
Previously Cecily has been employed in the university and government sectors in Australia, undertaking ecological and social research. Before joining RMIT, she worked as a social scientist for the Australian Government in Canberra (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) where she managed research projects commissioned by policymakers on change in rural industries and communities. While employed by Deakin University, Cecily was a founding member of the Nature in Community, Health and Environment (NiCHE) Research Group in the Faculty of Health. During this time she was the lead author on the ’Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ report for Parks Victoria, and a number of related journal articles, which have been widely cited internationally. Due to its success, a second edition of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People report was published in 2008.
Grants and consultancies awarded ($10K or less)
2015 – National Environmental Science Programme (led by University of Melbourne with RMIT University, University of Western Australia, University of Wollongong), Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (A$8.8 million, 2015-2020) (Hub leader: P. Rayner; Deputy hub leader: K. Parris; Theme leaders: R. Hobbs, D. Griffith, B. Giles-Corti, J. Dodson, F. Bull, T. Fletcher, R. Sinnott; Deputy theme leaders: S. Bekessy, C. Murphy, C. Maller, J. Hurley).
2014 – Global Cities Research Institute (RMIT University), Recent Migrants and the Built Environment: A Focus on Melbourne (A$13,000) (S. Singh, P. Chhetri, R. Goodman, C. Maller, S. Khan, L. Deng).
2013 – Department of Housing, Department of Human Services (Victorian Government). Horsham Catalyst Evaluation (A$110,000, 2013-2015) (Y. Strengers, R. Horne, C. Maller).
2010 – Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Research Centre (VCCCAR) Think Tank, Adaptation opportunities under climate change: Changing aspirations and expectations on the coastal suburban and regional fringe (A$15,000, 2011) (S. Moloney, Y. Strengers, & C. Maller).
2010 – Victorian Climate Change Adaptation Research Centre (VCCCAR) Project Grant - Resilient urban systems: a socio-technical study of community scale climate change adaptation initiatives (A$100,000, 2010-2011) (R. Horne, C. Ryan, J. Wiseman, J. Martin, C. Maller, S. Setunge, K. Zhang, I. Ahmed, C. Biggs, J. Werner, T. Edwards, Y. Strengers).
2009 – RMIT University Emerging Researcher Grant - Exploring the influence of cultural background on first and second generation migrants’ use of energy and water in the home (A$11,000, 2010) (C. Maller).
2008 – Voiceless – what factors lead Australians to support or actively reject factory farming? (A$20,000, 2009) (Bergmann, I., Horne, R., C. Maller, Williams, L., Sibbel, A.).
2008 – Archicentre Research Grants Program (A$20,000, 2009) Archicentre Green Market Review (Iyer-Raniga, U., Stanley, H., C. Maller).
2008 – Department of Sustainability and Environment - Environmentally Sustainable Development on Crown Lands (A$34,000) (Iyer-Raniga, U., Rosenberg, K., Horne, R., Morrissey, J., C. Maller, Carre, A., Moore, T.).
Prizes, scholarships, fellowships and awards
2014 – Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society workshop, The Greening of Everyday Life: Reimagining Environmentalism in Post-industrial Societies, June 19-21, 2014, Humboldt State University and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität-München, Germany (2014 travel award and workshop place, approximately A$4,000)
2010 – Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) - VicHealth Research Practice Fellowship in Community Development and Residential Planning, (A$900,000) (2010-2015)
2008- RMIT Global Cities Research Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Urban Infrastructure and Green Renovations (approximately $A250,000) (2008-2010)
2003 – Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) - PhD Scholarship (A$72,258), (2003-2006)
- BSc (Hons) Griffith
- PhD Deakin
- The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
- The Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
- Journal reviewer: Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy; Area; Social and Cultural Geography; Housing Studies; Energy Research and Social Science; Local Environment; Journal of Rural Studies; Environmental Science and Technology; Public Health Reports; Sustainability; Building Research and Information; Emotion, Space and Society
- Book reviewer, Environmental Education Research (2009– )
- Developing Science Seminar Series Coordinator, Bureau of Rural Sciences, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (2007)
- Journal reviewer, Children, Youth and Environments Journal (2004–2007)
- Associate Editor, International Journal of Learning (2005–2006)
- Independent Judge, The Banksia Foundation Environment Awards (2003– )
- Co-founder, Nature in Community, Health and Environment (NiCHE) Research Group, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, Burwood (2002)
- Willand, N.,Maller, C.,Ridley, I. (2020). Understanding the contextual influences of the health outcomes of residential energy efficiency interventions: Realist review In: Housing Studies, 35, 1 - 28
- Maller, C.,Mumaw, L.,Cooke, B. (2019). Health and social benefits of living with 'wild' nature In: Rewilding, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom
- Mahmoudi Farahani, L.,Maller, C. (2019). Investigating the benefits of 'leftover' places: Residents' use and perceptions of an informal greenspace in Melbourne In: Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, 41, 292 - 302
- Mata, L.,Garrard, G.,Fidler, F.,Ives, C.,Maller, C.,Wilson, J.,Thomas, F.,Bekessy, S. (2019). Punching above their weight: the ecological and social benefits of pop-up parks In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17, 341 - 347
- Willand, N.,Maller, C.,Ridley, I. (2019). Addressing health and equity in residential low carbon transitions � Insights from a pragmatic retrofit evaluation in Australia In: Energy Research and Social Science, 53, 68 - 84
- Steele, W.,Wiesel, I.,Maller, C. (2019). More-than-human cities: Where the wild things are In: Geoforum, , 1 - 15
- Mumaw, L.,Maller, C.,Bekessy, S. (2019). Assessing And Strengthening Community Capacity Building In Urban Biodiversity Conservation Programs In: Cities and the Environment (CATE), 12, 1 - 24
- Maller, C.,Mahmoudi Farahani, L. (2018). Snakes in the city: understanding urban residents' responses to greening interventions for biodiversity In: State of Australian Cities Conference 2017, Adelaide, Australia, 28-30 November 2017
- Mahmoudi Farahani, L.,Maller, C. (2018). Perceptions and Preferences of Urban Greenspaces: A Literature Review and Framework for Policy and Practice In: Landscape Online, 61, 1 - 22
- Oppermann, E.,Strengers, Y.,Maller, C.,Rickards, L.,Brearley, M. (2018). Beyond Threshold Approaches to Extreme Heat: Repositioning Adaptation as Everyday Practice In: Weather, Climate and Society, 10, 885 - 898
4 PhD Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions
- Understanding and measuring the socio-ecological benefits of greening actions. Funded by: Moreland City Council - Competitive from (2019 to 2020)
- Phillip Island Nature Parks Research Project Evaluating interactions of beachgoers and their dogs with local wildlife. Funded by: Phillip Island Nature Park (Contract) from (2019 to 2020)
- Designing green spaces for biodiversity and human well-being. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2016 from (2017 to 2020)
- AHURI Top-Up Scholarship - Christian Roggenbuck: Community as 'learnt capacity' amongst residents with a culturally diversebackground in Masterplanned Estates. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program Grants 2015 from (2015 to 2018)
- Improved Urban Systems for Liveability (Administrated by University of Melbourne).. Funded by: National Environmental Science Programme Grant 2015 from (2014 to 2021)