Dr Cathy Oke

Enterprise Senior Fellow in Informed Cities


Dr Cathy Oke has considerable international and local expertise in sustainable, resilient and liveable cities. Cathy is Melbourne Enterprise Senior Fellow in Informed Cities at the Connected Cities Lab, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning.

Her research interests focus on the interaction between urban research, policy and practice for greater impact in cities. Cathy is the First Vice President of Local Government's for Sustainability (ICLEI), and was a Councillor at the City of Melbourne 2008 - 2020.

Cathy was the Knowledge Broker at the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL) of the National Environmental Science Program, a research fellow at RMIT University and has a PhD in Genetics. Outside academia, Cathy has over 10 years’ experience in communications and project management for environmental consultancies and charities.

As a Councillor Cathy represented the Environment and Transport portfolios for the City of Melbourne since 2008. She is currently the Chair of the ICLEI World Secretariat Board, co-chair of the Cities With Nature Knowledge & Research Hub, and an advisor to the Innovate4Cities program of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Featured projects


Urban Design Urban Planning

Research Hub, Centre or Institute

Research directions

Cultural and Sustainable Landscapes Future Cities

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