Judy Bush

PhD research candidate University of Melbourne

Principal Supervisor: Professor Lu Aye  >>
Co-supervisor: Dr Dominique Hes

Thesis title: 

Urban greenery and policy: maximising urban greenery to address climate change and urban heat island effect using policy and communication.


This PhD will research effective policy, regulatory and communications approaches and strategies to support strengthened protection, expansion and efficacy of urban greenery in Australian cities (Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney), in the context of climate change and urban heat island effect.  This PhD project will utilise qualitative trans-disciplinary research methods to analyse and compare existing urban greenery policies and strategies, and to trial communications processes and methodologies, to achieve integrated work and knowledge of researchers, policy-makers and industry participants.


Executive Officer, Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, 2005-2014.

Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA), an alliance of Moreland Energy Foundation and 9 local government councils in northern metropolitan Melbourne, shares information, coordinates climate change actions and responses and cooperates on the research and development of innovative projects.
My role included leading the alliance and facilitating the identification and dissemination of information, research and advocacy to NAGA’s member councils and across the local government sector in Victoria.  I participated as an industry partner in ARC funded linkage research projects, have sat on a number of expert reference groups and steering committees, and have undertaken policy research and analysis to inform NAGA’s advocacy work with State and Federal Governments.

Conservation Manager, Merri Creek Management Committee, 1997-2005.

My role was to lead MCMC’s revegetation and maintenance of the Merri Creek habitat corridor, a largely urban waterway in northern metropolitan Melbourne.  My role included development of conservation management plans, flora surveys and liaison and coordination with researchers and consultants.  As part of the role I worked closely with the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE, a division of the Royal Botanic Gardens, based at the School of Botany, University of Melbourne), in supporting and informing its research and post-graduate student work.


Master Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne, 2002.

Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Melbourne, 1987.


Bush, J., Miles, B. and Bainbridge, B., 2003, Merri Creek: Managing an urban waterway for people and nature, Ecological Management and Restoration 4, 170-9.
Article first published online: 31 OCT 2003, DOI: 10.1046/j.1442-8903.2003.00153.x

Email: busjj@student.unimelb.edu.au

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Judy Bush CRC RP2005 >>

Mitigating the Urban Heat Island Effect with Urban Greenery in Australian Cities: Policy and Communication. Download summary project poster >>

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