Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy

Sarah Bekessy has been teaching in Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University since 2004.

Sarah is interested in the intersection between science and policy in environmental management and is currently involved in an interdisciplinary range of research and consulting projects, including an ARC Future Fellowship titled ‘Socio-ecological models for environmental decision making’.

She leads a research theme under the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions that seeks to develop and test tools to support transparent decision-making for environmental management and she is a node leader in a National Environment Research Program for Environmental Decisions.

Sarah has funding from the Myer Foundation to undertake a project titled Reimagining the Suburb: Planning for biodiversity in the urban fringe. This project aims to improve prospects for grassland conservation within housing developments, and investigate urban development scenarios that mitigate impacts on existing grasslands. We are working with a range of sectors to ensure issues such as human health, housing affordability and transport are considered. Considering biodiversity in this context will make a stronger case for appropriate urban and peri-urban development and will target urban designers and developers.

Sarah also leads the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science research group.

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Threatened species management, Environmental decision analysis, Urban ecology, Population and landscape modelling, Education for sustainability, The role of science in environmental policy.

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Projects

Improved Urban Systems for Liveability

This project investigates how major cities function and the effects of their land-use, housing and infrastructure systems on the humans that live in them.

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Publications

Cities are hotspots for threatened species

Ives, C, Lentini, P, Threlfall, C, Ikin, K, Shanahan, D, Garrard, G, Bekessy, S, Fuller, R, Mumaw, L, Rayner, L, Rowe, R, Valentine, L and Kendal, D 2016, 'Cities are hotspots for threatened species', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 117-126.

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The ethics of offsetting nature

Ives, C and Bekessy, S 2015, 'The ethics of offsetting nature', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 13, no. 10, pp. 568-573.

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Amenity and ecological management: A framework for policy and practice

Corney, H, Ives, C and Bekessy, S 2015, 'Amenity and ecological management: A framework for policy and practice', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 199-205.

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Bundling and stacking in bio-sequestration schemes: Opportunities and risks identified by Australian stakeholders

Torabi, N and Bekessy, S 2015, 'Bundling and stacking in bio-sequestration schemes: Opportunities and risks identified by Australian stakeholders', Ecosystem Services, vol. 15, pp. 84-92.

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Beyond Advocacy: Making Space for Conservation Scientists in Public Debate

Garrard, G, Fidler, F, Wintle, B, Chee, Y and Bekessy, S 2015, '(In Press) Beyond advocacy: making space for conservation scientists in public debate', Conservation Letters , pp. 1-5.

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Amenity and ecological management: A framework for policy and practice, Ecological Management and Restoration

Corney, H, Ives, C and Bekessy, S 2015, 'Amenity and ecological management: A framework for policy and practice', Ecological Management and Restoration, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 199-205.

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The Little Things that Run the City: How do Melbourne’s green spaces support insect biodiversity and ecosystem health?

With the present work we aim to expand this circle so that it may also encompass the conservation of insect and other invertebrates in urban environments. We are driven by a will to ‘say a word on behalf of the little things that run the city’.

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Measurement matters in managing landscape carbon

Law, E, Bryan, B, Torabi, N, Bekessy, S, McAlpine, C and Wilson, K 2015, '(In Press) Measurement matters in managing landscape carbon', Ecosystem Services, pp. 1-10.

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Incorporating detectability of threatened species into environmental impact assessment

Garrard, G, Bekessy, S, McCarthy, M and Wintle, B 2015, 'Incorporating detectability of threatened species into environmental impact assessment', Conservation Biology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 216-225.

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