Dr Laura Mumaw

Dr Laura Mumaw is a research associate with extensive experience in biodiversity conservation and community engagement.

I explore how cities can build capacity to conserve their biodiversity while fostering wellbeing and social connections. I use participatory action research to understand how we can foster co-design and collaboration between citizens and local government; link biodiversity stewardship efforts on urban residential and public land; understand and improve the social and ecological impacts; and support urban biodiversity stewardship through regional and state planning and policy. I currently focus on how biodiversity stewardship and its benefits can be upscaled across diverse municipalities in policies and practice, and the relevance to sustainability transformations.

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Rising to the challenge: the critical role of women in climate leadership

08 March 2021

Female leadership in climate decision making is critical if we are to find effective solutions to environmental challenges. Meet two women leading action for more sustainable and resilient futures.

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Fostering biodiversity on World Environment Day

04 June 2020

Can fostering native plants and animals in our neighbourhoods help stem the loss of biodiversity? Is sustainable fashion achievable? Our experts examine the possibilities ahead of World Environment Day.

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Meet the women helping to improve how we live in cities and with nature

05 March 2020

As our cities evolve, so too should our approach to building and planning our urban habitats. Here, six RMIT urban researchers share how their work is shaping how we live in our cities and with nature.

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Rewilding cities: How bringing nature back to cities is good for our health

27 January 2020

The rise around the globe to bring nature back into cities has clear links to individual and community health and wellbeing, according to RMIT researchers at the Centre for Urban Research.


A transformative mission for prioritising nature in Australian cities

Niki Frantzeskaki, Cathy Oke, Guy Barnett, Professor Sarah Bekessy, Judy Bush, James Fitzsimons, Maria Ignatieva, Dave Kendal, Jonathan Kingsley, Dr Laura Mumaw, Alessandro Ossola


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