I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub and Thrive Research in the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. My research focuses on urban green space policy and governance in a changing climate.
My research is underpinned by a focus on the processes and success factors that can support the transitions and transformations towards nature-based cities. My research and personal interests are informed by the concept of an ecological worldview, a love of nature in all its diversity and complexity, and the necessity of provision of and access to urban green spaces for liveability and thriving―for both the human and non-human city dwellers.
I completed my PhD Cooling cities with green space: policy perspectives at the University of Melbourne. Prior to undertaking my PhD I worked on climate change action, community engagement and waterways restoration with alliances of local government organisations in Melbourne. I have a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master of Environment.
I am deeply committed to working in constructive transdisciplinary collaborations across research, teaching and practitioner sectors. I hope my research contributes to informing and inspiring students, urban planners and policy makers, and practitioners across governments, community sectors and beyond.
Publications and conference papers
Bush, J., & Hes, D. (2018). Urban green space in the transition to the eco-city: policies, multifunctionality and narrative. In D. Hes & J. Bush (Eds.), Enabling Eco-cities. Defining, planning and creating a thriving future (pp. 43-64). Singapore: Palgrave.
Hes, D., & Bush, J. (2018). Introduction: creating eco-cities – from sustaining to thriving. In D. Hes & J. Bush (Eds.), Enabling eco-cities. Defining, planning and creating a thriving future (pp. 1-8). Singapore: Palgrave.
Hes, D., & Bush, J. (2018). The problem, the potential, the future: creating a thriving future. In D. Hes & J. Bush (Eds.), Enabling Eco-cities. Defining, planning and creating a thriving future (pp. 109-122). Singapore: Palgrave.
Hes, D., & Bush, J. (Eds.). (2018). Enabling eco-cities. Defining, planning, and creating a thriving future. Singapore: Palgrave.
Bush, J. (2017). Cooling cities with green space: policy perspectives. (PhD Thesis), The University of Melbourne, Melbourne.
Bush, J., Aye, L., Hes, D., & Murfitt, P. (2017). How could sustainability transition theories support practice-based strategic planning? in Moore, de Haan, Horne and Gleeson (eds) . Springer, Japan. In T. Moore, F. J. de Haan, R. Horne, & B. Gleeson (Eds.), Urban sustainability transitions: Australian cases – international perspectives (pp. 73-90). Japan: Springer.
Bush, J., & Doyon, A. (2017). Urban green spaces in Australian cities: social inclusion and community participation Paper presented at the State of Australian Cities conference, Adelaide, Australia.
Stanford, H., & Bush, J. (2017). Trees, townhouses and apartments: the effect of development density on private property tree distribution in Melbourne. Paper presented at the State of Australian Cities conference, Adelaide, Australia.
Kendal, D., Farrar, A., Plant, L., Threlfall, C. G., Bush, J., & Baumann, J. (2017). Risks to Australia’s urban forest from climate change and urban heat. Report for the Clean Air and Urban Landscape hub of the National Environmental Science Programme. Retrieved from Melbourne:
Kendal, D., Lee, K., Ramalho, C., Bowen, K., & Bush, J. (2016). Benefits of urban green space in the Australian context. A synthesis review for the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes hub of the National Environmental Science Program. Retrieved from Melbourne:
Pianella, A., Bush, J., Chen, D., Williams, N. S. G., & Aye, L. (2016). Green roofs in Australia: review of thermal performance and associated policy development. Paper presented at the Architectural Science Association 50th Anniversary Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
Bush, J., Aye, L., & Hes, D. (2015). Cooling cities with green space: a policy analysis framework. Paper presented at the State of Australian Cities Conference, Gold Coast, Qld.
Doyon, A., & Bush, J. (2015). Transforming cities towards an ecological worldview: applying sustainability transition theories to urban planning. Paper presented at the Tipping Point: Vulnerability and Adaptave Capacity. International Sustainable Development Research Society, Geelong. http://isdrs2015.exordo.com/files/papers/27/final_draft/Doyon_and_Bush_2015_ISDRS-final.pdf
Bush, J., Miles, B., & Bainbridge, B. (2003). Merri Creek: managing an urban waterway for people and nature. Ecological Management and Restoration, 4(3), 170-179. doi:10.1046/j.1442-8903.2003.00153.x