Dr Cecily Maller

Dr Cecily Maller is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in RMIT's Centre for Urban Research (2016–2019).

As co-leader of the Beyond Behaviour Change Research Programme, she studies human-environment interactions, sustainability and health in the context of everyday life in urban environments.

Cecily is Deputy Theme Leader for Liveability in the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub with colleagues from RMIT and the universities of Melbourne, Wollongong and Western Australia (funded by the National Environmental Sciences Programme until 2020). Recent projects include a five-year project with VicHealth and industry partners exploring how best-practice planning affects residents’ health and wellbeing in a master-planned estate in Melbourne. Previously at RMIT she has researched social practices involving energy and water use in culturally diverse households and studied green renovators and housing sustainability in low-income households.

Cecily has published widely on the health benefits of contact with nature, including as lead author on the Healthy Parks, Healthy People report (Parks Victoria 2002, 2008) and several highly cited journal articles. Recently, she co-edited a book on interventions to improve sustainability titled Social Practices, Interventions and Sustainability: Beyond Behaviour Change (Routledge, 2014).

Before joining RMIT, Cecily was a social scientist for the Australian Department of Agriculture where she managed research projects commissioned by policymakers on change in rural industries and communities. She has conducted social and environmental research for Australian universities and governments since 1998. Cecily has a BSc Hons in Environmental Studies (Behavioural Ecology) and a PhD in Health Promotion on contact with nature and children’s mental, emotional and social health (funded by VicHealth).

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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

Horsham Catalyst Research and Evaluation Final Report

This study led by RMIT's Centre for Urban Research and funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, investigates the economic, social and environmental performance of low-carbon houses in comparison with 'standard' residences in Horsham, Victoria.

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Utilising Mixed Methods Research to Inform Low-carbon Social Housing Performance Policy

Moore, T, Strengers, Y and Maller, C 2016, 'Utilising mixed methods research to inform low-carbon social housing performance policy', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 240-255.

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Understanding health through social practices: performance and materiality in everyday life

Maller, C 2015, 'Understanding health through social practices: performance and materiality in everyday life', The Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 52-66.

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Social practices, Intervention and Sustainability: Beyond Behaviour Change

Strengers, Y and Maller, C 2015, 'Introduction: Social practices, intervention and sustainability: Beyond behaviour change' in Yolande Strengers, Cecily Maller (ed.) Social practices, intervention and sustainability: Beyond behaviour change, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom, pp. 1-12.

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Low carbon, water-efficient house retrofits: an emergent niche?

Horne, R, Maller, C and Dalton, T 2014, 'Low-carbon, water-efficient house renovations: an emergent niche?', Building Research and Information, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 539-548.

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The Great Australian Nightmare? The problem of escalating housing aspirations and expectations and adaptation to climate change

Maller, C, Strengers, Y, Moloney, S and Nicholls, L 2013, 'The great Australian nightmare? The problem of escalating housing aspirations and expectations and adaptation to climate change', in Nick Osbaldiston, Catherine Strong and Helen Forbes-Mewett (ed.) 2013 Conference Proceedings: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Hawthorn, Australia, 25-28 November 2013, pp. 1-13.

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‘Housing renovations and energy efficiency: insights from homeowners’ practices, Building Research and Information

Judson, E and Maller, C 2014, 'Housing renovations and energy efficiency: insights from homeowners' practices', Building Research & Information, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 501-511.

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Curious energy consumers: Humans and nonhumans in assemblages of household practice

Strengers, Y, Maller, C and Nicholls, L 2014, 'Curious energy consumers: Humans and nonhumans in assemblages of household practice', Journal of Consumer Culture, vol. online, pp. 1-20.

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