Her interdisciplinary research explores how new geospatial technologies used to map land rights in urban informal settlements impact trust relationships between communities and governments.
Serene’s research brings together land administration and public administration to investigate how to build trust and public confidence in formal land information systems, one of the most corrupt public institutions globally.
She is currently also engaged in a UNFCCC/UN-Habitat funded project investigating climate resilience in Honiara, Solomon Islands, where she leads the work on community profiling of urban informal settlements, as well as gender and climate change adaptation.
Prior to joining RMIT, she was a Horizon 2020 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Public Governance Institute at KU Leuven (Belgium) working on the its4land project.
Serene’s broader research areas relate to social innovation and gender equity in urban land administration.