Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning
Wendy Steele is an Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning whose work has focused on climate justice and social innovation for climate adaptation. She is an award-winning scholar and previous ARC DECRA Fellow with research interests that focus on cities in climate change and human-nature relationships in the urban age, with a particular emphasis on wild cities, urban governance, policy and planning, climate justice, critical infrastructure and sustainability as a transformative agenda within higher education. Her recent books include 'Planning Wild Cities: Human-nature relationships in the urban age' (Routledge 2020), 'Quiet Activism: Climate action at the local scale' (Palgrave 2021), and 'The Sustainable Development Goals and Higher Education: A Transformative agenda?' (Palgrave-Macmillan 2021). Within RMIT, she has been working with others to help support and promote the vital role of the social sciences and humanities in addressing societies 'grand challenges', as well as critical and purposeful engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and rethinking the role of research impact as a transformative cultural literacy and ethos.