Dr Sarah Robertson

Sarah Robertson is Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University.

Dr Sarah Robertson is a Research Fellow, Human Geographer and writer. Her work focuses on sustainable and low/zero carbon housing, human-environment relations, and ideas and uneven experiences of place and placemaking in cities.

Sarah has expertise in and experience coordinating and securing research projects on human-nature relations, sustainable housing and climate justice.  She is currently lead Research Fellow on the Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions (HEET) ARC Linkage Project. This project is working with government and industry partners to research opportunities for equitable and just household retrofit and low carbon transitions. She is also leading a project on the impacts of summer heat and heatwaves-at-home for families under climate change.

Sarah’s PhD (RMIT University) investigated place-based sustainable residential design interventions in Australian cities, making a contribution to understanding and designing cities as more-than-human places. Prior to joining RMIT, Sarah worked at the not-for-profit environment organisation, Renew as editor of Sanctuary magazine.

Sarah also teaches as part of the Research Training Unit in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies.

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