Alex Gunn, Briony Rogers & Katie Hammer, Monash University (AUS)
With Monash University since 2015, he has helped design sustainable water strategies for cities around Australia and internationally. His work focuses on collaborative strategic planning for sustainable, resilient and adaptive futures. Prior to joining Monash, he held a senior policy role with the Victorian Government advising on the governance of community-managed recreation reserves, before that working in regional strategic planning.
Dr. Briony Rogers is a Senior Lecturer with Monash University's School of Social Sciences and a Project Leader with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities and Monash Water Sensitive Cities. Her research explores how visioning, strategic planning and institutional change processes can enable transitions in urban water systems to create more liveable, sustainable and resilient cities.
Katie's role with the CRC involves managing and providing research and analytical support to water sensitive city visions and transition projects. Previously, Katie has worked as a corrosion engineer designing cathodic protection systems for reinforced concrete structures across the United States. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Planning for liveability with integrated water planning
The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities engaged community members and industry and government representatives in a collaborative planning process to develop a vision and transition strategy for the regional city of Bendigo, Victoria. The project had several aims, including promoting a shared understanding of how, over time, water has been a critical influence on the urban landscape, liveability values and environmental resilience of the community, and how these links may change in the future in response to external environmental threats. The project positions Bendigo to pursue an integrated strategy that brings together water system planning, healthy urban design and inclusive decision-making for the first time. More broadly, the methods employed show potential for encouraging long-term collaboration between government, industry, traditional owner groups and the broader community to develop future-ready sustainable water initiatives and practices in other towns and cities.