Dr Meredith Dobbie
Research Fellow – School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University
p. (03) 9905 6241
Meredith joined the Urban Water Governance program as a Research Fellow in February 2010. Meredith has a diverse background, both academically and professionally. After completing an Honours Science degree, majoring in Botany, in which she received an Exhibition, she joined CSIRO as journal editor for the Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. In addition, she edited the book Limnology in Australia, which received a commendation in the Whitley Awards in 1986. Meredith then completed a Master of Landscape Architecture, receiving the Ellis Stones Award for her minor-thesis research on landscape aesthetics. She worked as a landscape architect in private practice, on residential, commercial and civic projects, for some years before undertaking a PhD in landscape perception at the University of Melbourne. Her thesis was titled ‘Public Perceptions of Victorian Freshwater Wetlands: Preference, Health and Cultural Sustainability’.
This varied experience informs Meredith’s research with the Urban Water Governance Program, in which she is investigating the risk perceptions of urban water practitioners towards decentralised water systems. This research is collaborating with CSIRO in its “Water for a Healthy Country” National Research Flagship.
Meredith is involved in several projects within the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities: