Dr Lisa de Kleyn

Lisa is exploring the emergence of environmental justice in Australia, including its use in activism, policy and research; and how it applies to native forest logging in Toolangi State Forest, Victoria.

Research interests and skills

  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental activism
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Feminist research

Industry experience

  • Sustainability strategies and policies
  • Environmental programs
  • Environmental communications
  • Stakeholder engagement


Associate Professor Anitra Nelson
Associate Professor Wendy Steele


Spark, C., Porter, L. and de Kleyn, L., (2018) ‘We’re not very good at soccer’: gender, space and competence in a Victorian primary school, Children’sGeographies, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2018.1479513

Kennedy, A., de Kleyn, L. and Ryan, M., (2017), “Theories of environmental justice”, Environmental Justice and Land Use Conflict. The governance of mineral and gas resource development, Routledge-

Steele, W., de Kleyn, L. and Samson, K., (2016), “Post-Petroleum Urban Justice”, in Planning After Petroleum. Preparing Cities for the Age Beyond Oil, edited by Dodson, J., Sipe, N., and Nelson, A., Routledge

Awarded a Bill Borthwick Student Scholarship in 2016

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A new platform mapping environmental conflicts developed by RMIT urban researchers helps to support just transitions from coal to clean energy without disadvantaging workers and communities.


Urban research team wins grant for environmental justice case studies

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RMIT Centre for Urban Research Australian Environmental Justice team have won a competitive environmental justice grant run by international organisation, Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade.


Urban researcher awarded prestigious scholarship for environmental justice research

29 June 2016

RMIT urban researcher Lisa de Kleyn secures a coveted Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Scholarship (VEAC) for her research on environmental justice and native forests.