A/Prof Cathy Oke

Melbourne Enterprise Principal Fellow in Informed Cities


Associate Professor Cathy Oke OAM is Melbourne Enterprise Principal Fellow in Informed Cities in the Faculty of Architecture Building and  Planning, and Deputy Director (Strategy and Operations) for Melbourne Centre for Cities. She has considerable international and local expertise in sustainable, resilient and liveable cities.

Cathy's research interests focus on the interaction between urban nature and climate - research, policy and practice - for greater impact in cities. She is Senior Advisor to the Innovate4Cities program of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and is Research Portfolio holder on ICLEI's (Local Governments for Sustainability) Global Executive Committee.

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 15 years’ experience in communications and project management for environmental consultancies and charities. Cathy was a Councillor at the City of Melbourne 2008 - 2020. in 2023 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to Local Government and the Environment.

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Urban Design Urban Planning

Research Hub, Centre or Institute

Research directions

Cultural and Sustainable Landscapes Future Cities

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