We are working with a wide range of researchers, partners and organisations to research, understand and establish green infrastructure in Australian cities.

Research collaborations

Waterway Ecosystem Research Group(University of Melbourne) WERG work closely with us to better understand urban ecosystems

International collaborations

The Woody Meadow project is a joint research project funded by the City of Melbourne and partnering with the University of Melbourne, Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria and the University of Sheffield, UK.  Using research to inform design in the urban landscape, the project is exploring the use of re-sprouting native shrubs to create resilient, long-flowering, urban plant communities (2016-17).

Industry collaborations

GIRG has established a number of strong partnerships with government and industry.

City of MelbourneProject examples include Woody Meadows (2016-2017); Melbourne’s Future Urban Forest (2016); Indicators for Melbourne’s laneway greening (2016); Integrated Climate Adaptation Model (2015); Growing Green Guide  (Inner Melbourne Action Plan, 2014) and Urban tree responses to drought and heat (2012)

Nursery and Garden Industry (Vic & Aus) – Projects include: Species traits, substrates and stormwater grates : improving urban tree health using polluted stormwater (2014-16); Street tree microclimate in summer: human thermal comfort (2013) and Designed Green Facades (2012);

Melbourne Water-  Projects include: The social values of Melbourne Water’s biodiversity (2016) and Turning rain into food; the benefits and performance of vegetable-garden rain-gardens (2011-2013).

Projects funded by both City of Melbourne and Melbourne Water looked at developing methods for monitoring soil water status in WSUD systems including structural soil reservoirs and biofiltration systems (2013-14) and studying the effects of saline stormwater on the function of biofiltration systems.

The Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association –Ecosystems services from large urban green spaces – the biodiversity and carbon benefit of urban golf courses (2013)

The Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE)