Climate change, urban growth and sustainable design of the built environment: Priorities, obstacles and opportunities
12 April 2013
Speaker: Associate Professor Evonne Miller, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Location: Seminar Room, ground floor, 51a Park Place
Public seminar hosted by the Understanding Risk Group and Sustainable Places Research Institute.
As an environmental psychologist located in a design school, Evonne’s research focuses on the interrelationships between people and their built, technical and natural environments. This presentation will discuss the findings and learnings from several recent social sustainability research projects, including: how climate change is conceptualised in rural communities (terminology, communication and need for action), older Australians leadership in tackling climate change, residents’ evaluations of sustainable buildings (life in a sustainable house and tenants experience of retrofitting commercial buildings) and the impact of urban design and the built environment on sustainable behaviours. This interactive seminar is suitable for anyone with a personal or professional interest in issues of climate change, population ageing, the built environment and liveable communities.
Associate Professor Evonne Miller is an environmental psychologist and Director of Research in the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research focuses on the complex real-world social change challenges facing society today - climate change, sustainability and population ageing. Evonne has published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and obtained over A$2.5 million dollars in competitive and commercial research grant funding for projects exploring the interrelationships between people and their environments. She was Queensland President of the Australian Association of Gerontology (2008-12), and co-chair of the Associations 2012 national conference. She was made a Distinguished Member (2009) and Fellow (2012) of the Australian Association of Gerontology, in recognition of her significant contribution and leadership in population ageing research and policy.