Research

Welcome to the Green Infrastructure Research Group. We are collaboration of scientists at the University of Melbourne  studying how to maximise the benefits plants provide to urban environments. Urban Green infrastructure is the network of natural and designed vegetation within our cities and towns, in both public and private domains. It includes public parks, recreation areas, remnant vegetation, residential gardens and street trees, as well as innovative urban greening technologies such as green roofs, green walls and rain gardens. Broadly, our research seeks to understand the ecosystem service benefits provided by green infrastructure and the biodiversity that uses it as habitat. We have a significant research program developing green roofs and green facades for Australian cities but are also interested in how we can use green infrastructure to support and enhance urban biodiversity. We are also determining the effectiveness of green roofs and more traditional green infrastructure elements such as street trees as a cost-effective and socially acceptable climate change adaptation strategy for buildings, communities and cities. We work closely with government departments and agencies, local governments and industry to ensure wide application of our research findings.
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3 Responses to Research

  1. As an avid supporter of green infrastructure I welcome the development of this new research group. The application of your research findings is crucial. We need strong links between practitioners and researchers, as well as with policy makers. In many cases it comes down to the business case for green space. Industry links are vital. As long as people do not value green infrastructure as they do the built environment we will continue to suffer ecological, economic and human ill health.

  2. Abdul-Kareem Fuseini says:

    This is a very promising area of research and very relevant in Ghana. Again, these are cost effective ways to reduce climate change in developing countries. I hope our universities will look in this direction in the near future

  3. Mervyn Hayman-Danker FRAIA says:

    Congratulations! It’s about time that “The Green Infrastructure Research Group” – Uni. of Melbourne was sown! Looking forward to the discussions that will examine the impact on our community!

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