Meet the team

Briony Rogers

Briony Rogers

Dr. Briony Rogers is a Senior Lecturer with Monash University's School of Social Sciences and a Project Leader with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) and Monash Water Sensitive Cities. Briony is also Co-Leader of the Urban Water Cluster with the Australia-Indonesia Centre. Her research explores how visioning, strategic planning and institutional change processes can enable transitions in urban water systems to create more liveable, sustainable and resilient cities. Briony has an interdisciplinary background, with a PhD in Environmental Sociology, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science, as well as experience as an engineering consultant on water infrastructure projects in Australia and Vietnam. Briony was selected by the International Social Science Council to be one of twenty World Social Science Fellows in the area of sustainable urbanisation. She is also co-chair of the International Working Group on Water Sensitive Urban Design.

Chris Chesterfield

Chris Chesterfield

Chris has nearly 30 years senior executive and general management experience in the public sector, water and environment industry and is nationally recognized for his leadership in waterway and urban water management and establishing Melbourne as a world leader in water sensitive urban design. Chris was General Manager of the Waterways Group and General Manager Service Delivery at Melbourne Water and founding Chief Executive of the Office of Living Victoria. Since leaving Melbourne Water, Chris has taken up an executive role with the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, is a Commissioner of the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, sits on the Board of the Urban Development Institute’s, EvnviroDevelopment accreditation program and is Chairman of a not for profit, Loci Environment and Place. In 2016, he was appointed as Chair of a Ministerial Advisory Committee to review and provide advice to the Victorian Government on management of the Yarra River and the development of a Yarra River Protection Act.

Emma Church

Emma Church

Emma Church currently works with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her role with the CRC involves providing research support to Integrated Research Project 1 – Water Sensitive City Visions and Transition Strategies. Emma was also involved in a past CRC for Water Sensitive Cities project focused on creating a vision and transition strategy for the City of Gold Coast, and previously supported the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities’s 'Easten Hub' at The University of Queensland as Regional Manager. Previously, Emma has worked in communications and marketing roles within the renewable energy sector. She currently holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Environment in Education for Sustainability from Griffith University.

Alex Gunn

Alex Gunn

Alex Gunn has had policy roles with the Victorian government in regional urban planning and community managed public land. This included a three-year stint in Bendigo where, among other things, he guided planning approval for the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project. He has worked for Monash University since 2015, where he has helped plan water sensitive city transitions in Elwood, Melbourne, Greater Adelaide, and the city of Kiruna, Sweden. The Elwood project involved working with members of the Elwood community and the City of Port Phillip to develop a 50 year vision of a sustainable and flood-resilient Elwood.

Jo Lindsay

Jo Lindsay

Associate Professor Jo Lindsay is a researcher from Monash University who specialises in the sociology of families, consumption and the environment. She is interested in how communities can effectively participate in the planning and creation of better cities and towns. She recently worked on the project Understanding social processes to achieve water sensitive cities with colleagues from a range of backgrounds. She conducted a national survey and ran focus groups in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and found very different water cultures in each city. She is looking forward learning about the views and aspirations of diverse community members in Bendigo.

Katie Hammer

Katie Hammer

Katie Hammer currently works with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, based at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her role with the CRC involves managing and providing research and analytical support to Integrated Research Project 1 – Water Sensitive City Visions and Transition Strategies. Katie was involved in a previous CRCWSC project focused on shaping Perth as a water sensitive city, and also supported the CRCWSC’s Society research program. Previously, Katie has worked as a corrosion engineer designing cathodic protection systems for reinforced concrete structures across the United States. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kelly Fielding

Kelly Fielding

Kelly Fielding is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland. She is a social and environmental psychologist whose research focuses on two interlinked themes: understanding environmental attitudes and behaviour and using this understanding to develop effective communication and behaviour change programs to engage people with environmental issues. A key focus of her research is on sustainable urban water management, specifically, addressing how we can communicate about new water technologies such as recycled water, how we can promote water conservation, and how we can understand and communicate about drinking water supplies. Dr Fielding has led a range of interdisciplinary cross-institutional research teams, has been a visiting scientist at CSIRO, and has worked closely with industry partners including local and state government agencies.

  • CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
  • Australian Government - Business - Cooperative Research Centres Programme
  • Monash University
  • Queensland University