Dr Thami Croeser

Dr Thami Croeser is an urban planner with a focus on bringing nature back into cities in practical ways, at large scale.

Thami actively advocates for cities to convert heavily asphalted streetscapes into tree-lined green corridors, to give us a chance of handling future heatwaves and floods, and reconnect urban residents with native flora and fauna. Thami’s highly applied research approach blends urban design, urban greening and geospatial analysis to show how cities can accelerate policy implementation in urban forestry, climate adaptation and urban ecology. His most recent research demonstrates how redundant car parking on city streets can be converted to green space to deliver major climate adaptation benefits.

In recent professional roles Thami has guided cities in the EU in planning for Nature-Based Solutions, and led the greening of four city laneways as part of the City of Melbourne’s Green Your Laneway project.

View Full profile

Related Content

News & Blog

It takes more than words and ambition: here’s why your city isn’t a lush, green oasis yet

The idea of transforming cities from concrete jungles to urban forests is a popular one, and there have been some truly inspiring, exemplar projects in recent years. But has your city actually turned into a lush oasis yet? No, neither has ours.

New map shows Melbourne’s parks will struggle in next stage of lockdown

Looking forward to catching up with friends in a park as lockdown eases? Unfortunately, so is everyone else – and we’re going to need more space, finds new RMIT research.

Ten ways RMIT research is helping to build a more sustainable future

From turning back the emissions clock to building more durable roads from old tyres, RMIT researchers are tackling today’s biggest challenges and developing solutions for a more sustainable world.

4 ways our streets can rescue restaurants, bars and cafes after coronavirus

As Australia re-opens, the bars, cafes and restaurants that give life to our streets face a tough ask: stay open and stay afloat with just a fraction of the customers.

New digital tool provides green solutions for city planners

A European funded research project has released an online decision-making tool to identify suitable Nature-Based Solutions according to a city’s specific environmental challenges.

Bringing offices to suburbia is the next step post COVID-19

Creating new co-working office spaces in our suburbs could be accessible to 97% of Melburnians with just a short ride or walk, helping manage risk post COVID-19, finds new RMIT research.

Where the wild things are: how nature might respond as coronavirus keeps humans indoors

COVID-19 has taken a devastating toll on humanity, and this is nothing to be celebrated. But as Australians stay at home and our streets fall quiet, let’s consider how wildlife might respond.

Thousands of city trees have been lost to development, when we need them more than ever

Trees often feature prominently when talking about solutions, but our research shows trees are being lost to big developments – about 2,000 within a decade in inner Melbourne.

No need to give up on crowded cities – we can make density so much better

The more immediate need is to focus on improving conditions in our major cities. Our smaller towns matter, but we can’t neglect the urgent need to get better at doing the bigger ones right.

Of all the problems our cities need to fix, lack of car parking isn’t one of them

Parking is a fiery issue in Australian cities. That’s because cars dominate our cities, supported by decades of unbalanced planning decisions favouring space for cars over other land uses or forms of transport.