Dr Cecily Maller is an Associate Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
I am an Associate Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and Centre for Urban Research where I co-lead the People, Nature, Place Research Program. Since 2008 I have held three consecutive research fellowships, including a 5-year Research Practice Fellowship funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. My research focuses on human-environment interactions in urban settings in the context of everyday life. I am particularly interested in how people interact with animals and plants in homes and neighbourhoods, how these interactions affect health and wellbeing, and the implications for making cities greener and more biodiverse. I explored some of these ideas in my book 'Healthy urban environments: More-than-human theories' (2018, Routledge).
I have been interested in the health benefits of contact with nature since working on the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative in the early 2000s and I am a lead investigator for the Australian Government's Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (funded by the National Environmental Sciences Program).
Previously, I conducted interdisciplinary research in social science and ecology with a broad range of government and industry partners since 1999, including the widely cited 'Healthy Parks Healthy People' report for Parks Victoria. Although an interdisciplinary scholar, my work is broadly situated in human geography, specialising in post-humanist approaches and qualitative methods.
- Course Coordinator - Research Strategies, Research Training Unit (School of Global, Urban and Social Studies)
- Co-leader, People, Nature, Place Research Program (Centre for Urban Research)
- BSc (Hons) Griffith
- PhD Deakin
- The Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
- The Royal Institute of Geographical Research with Institute of British Geographers (London, UK)
- Lead Editor: People and Nature (journal)
- Editorial Board Member, Geographical Research
- ARC Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) Assessor
- External Reviewer, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council UK (ESRC)
Journal Reviewer (selection of 12 highest ranking journals): Conservation Letters, Environmental Science and Technology, Building Research and Information, Health and Place, Urban Studies, EcoHealth, Urban Ecosystems, Sociology of Health and Illness, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, Area, Health Promotion International, Geographical Research.
- 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, 106, 411 - 415
- 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 2021)
- 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)