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Confirmed Keynotes

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, City of Melbourne

Lord Mayoe Robert DoyleRobert Doyle was elected in 2008 and 2012, and is the serving Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

Robert Doyle is a Principal at The Nous Group, a management consultancy business based in Melbourne and, since 2007, has been Chairman of Melbourne Health (The Royal Melbourne Hospital).

Robert is President of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, Chairman of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation and a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance. Robert is also an Ambassador for Odyssey House, a drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation facility, an Ambassador for SecondBite, a not-for profit organisation committed to making a positive difference by distributing fresh food to the disadvantaged and homeless, an ex-officio member of Cancer Council Victoria and an Ambassador for Field of Women, a charity raising awareness of breast cancer, an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Day Foundation, an international day for the elimination of violence against women, an Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Honorary President of the Melbourne Region of the Scout Association and a board member of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) Ltd.

In 2010 Robert was made a Fellow of Monash University.

Robert recently joined the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) as a committee member.

A Member of Victoria's Parliament for 14 years, Robert was Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Liberal Party for four years. He has also been Shadow Minister for Health and, in government, Parliamentary Secretary for Health.

Jonathan Daly, Founding Partner, Human Understanding of Social Spaces (HUSS)

Jonathan Daly Jonathan Daly is a founding partner at HUSS (Human Understanding of Social Spaces), a design research practice exploring the relationship between the spaces people live, work and play in and human psychology and physiology. He is also a founding partner at The Change Collective, an agency that designs, delivers and evaluates behaviour change campaigns for social good outcomes.

He has an educational background in transportation, urbanism and environmental psychology, and more than 16 years experience in Europe, North America and Australasia, working on a range of public space projects. He is an advisor to the award-winning New Zealand charity Sustainable Coastlines and a member of the policy and research committee of the Amy Gillett Foundation. He is a regular contributor to various blogs, magazines and journals and is currently co-authoring a new book on the role of cycling in the future of sustainable cities.

Lucinda Hartley, CEO and co-founder, CoDesign Studio

Lucinda HartleyLucinda Hartley is a designer, urbanist, placemaker and innovation strategist. She is the CEO and co-founder of CoDesign Studio, a placemaking consultancy that creates faster and simpler solutions to sticky urban problems, through tactical and community-led projects. Over the past 3 years, CoDesign has completed more than 30 urban renewal projects and mobilised a volunteer network of over 700 people. Most recently, Lucinda co-authored the Tactical Urbanism Guide to Australia and New Zealand, and the Rapid Urban Revitalisation toolkit.

Lucinda is trained in landscape architecture and spent two years working with slum communities in Vietnam and Cambodia, before turning her attention to Australian cities and towns. Now, alongside CoDesign Studio, Lucinda is a cofounder of the @citiesbycitizen blog, which finds, creates and disseminates tools that help residents create better neighbourhoods.  She also sits on the Youth Advisory Board of UN-Habitat and the Global Placemaking Leadership Council. Last year Lucinda was profiled by the Foundation for Young Australians as one of 15 ‘Future Chasers’: young Australians leading global change, and in 2012 she was credited as one of Melbourne’s ‘Top 100’ most influential people’ by The Age newspaper.

Prof Paul James, Director, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

Paul JamesPaul James is a social theorist with three overlapping areas of research focus. The first is globalisation and its impact upon social relations, from national community to local community. The second is social change and the human condition, including the impact of modernisation on customary and traditional ways of being. The third is sustainability with an emphasis on sustainable urbanisation. These areas of focus are integrated through an approach to social theory called 'engaged theory', encompassing questions of social formation, social integration and ontological tension.

Across the last decade, Paul James been engaged in bringing out a sixteen-volume series called 'Central Currents in Globalization'. This collection maps the contours of a bourgeoning field that now crosses the boundaries of all the older disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The set comprises approximately 7,000 pages and 3.5 million words. 

He has also been working on the issue of community resilience and urban sustainability. This research has gone in two directions. One massive research project in Papua New Guinea resulted in changes to the way in which that country approaches community development. The research has subsequently been written up in a book called Sustainable communities, sustainable development: other pathways for Papua New Guinea (2012). The second direction has been in the area of urban sustainability. This currently involves ongoing work with Metropolis and other organisations to develop an alternative model of urban development called 'Circles of Sustainability'. It is elaborated in a book called Urban sustainability in theory and practice: circles of sustainability (2015).

Paul James is Research Director of Global Reconciliation, an international organisation based in Australia that has been doing work in zones of conflict around the world including Sri Lanka and the Middle East, bringing people together in ongoing dialogue. He is on the Council of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Honorary Professor at King's College London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (London). He is an editor of Arena Journal, as well as an editor/board-member of nine other international journals, including Globalizations and Global Governance. He has delivered invited addresses in over thirty countries and is author or editor of 31 books including, most importantly, Globalism, nationalism, tribalism (Sage, 2006). 

He has been an advisor to a number of agencies and governments including the Helsinki Process, the Canadian Prime Minister's G20 Forum, and the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor. His work for the Papua New Guinea Minister for Community Development became the basis for their Integrated Community Development Policy. He was Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Cities Programme (2007–2014).

Mr Kevin Luten, Founder, CEO, Behaviour Design Works

Kevin LutenKevin founded Behaviour Design Works in 2013 with a conviction that behaviour change interventions could be designed to consistently achieve large-scale changes to complex behaviours.
Frustrated by conventional, high-dollar approaches centred on mass media advertising and by the high failure rate of poorly conceived, small-scale behaviour change programs, Kevin has worked closely over the years with an international network of mentors, clients and colleagues to forge robust new approaches to changing complex human behaviours at scale.

Kevin believes that people change in social contexts, extending from families and friendship networks to communities and workplaces. He is passionate about integrating one-on-one and peer-to-peer support from real human beings with advanced technology applications that allow for personalised yet large-scale program delivery.

Over the past five years, Kevin has led major behaviour change projects for state governments, property developers, and private health insurers. Collectively these projects have engaged over 90,000 households in three states, producing measurable changes in health, transport and sustainability behaviours.

Kevin’s background is in urban and transport planning. He holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received a training certificate in Behaviour Design from Dr. B.J. Fogg of Stanford University in 2012, and was certified as a Switch Trainer by Chip and Dan Health, authors of Switch and Made to Stick, in 2011. He is currently the Treasurer of the Australian Association of Social Marketing and the Vice President of the North American TDM Institute.

Yvonne Lynch, Team Leader Urban Forest & Ecology, City of Melbourne

Yvonne LynchYvonne is an environmental strategist who leads the City of Melbourne’s multidisciplinary Urban Forest & Urban Ecology Team. The work of the team has been recognised and awarded nationally and internationally for its progressive approach to urban forestry and climate adaptation.  

Over the past seven years, Yvonne has led some of the City’s key environmental policies and initiatives on climate change adaptation, urban forestry, sustainable buildings financing and citizen science. She recently delivered Australia’s largest Urban BioBlitz and is currently developing the City’s first Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy.

She is also leading the development of Melbourne's Integrated Climate Adaptation Model with University of Melbourne to understand the full potential of ecosystem-driven urban adaptation. A core component of Yvonne’s work is focused on combining cutting edge research with the power civic engagement to develop innovative and beneficial environmental and climate adaptation outcomes for the city.

Dr Alexandra Macmillan, Public Health Physician and Senior Lecturer, Environmental Health, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago

MacmillianAlex Macmillan is a public health physician and senior lecturer in environmental health at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago in Dunedin. Her work centres on how we make the urgently needed transition to healthy, fair, climate-friendly cities by strengthening the evidence base for interventions, as well as by translating good evidence into policy, using participatory decision-making.

Two areas of current focus are understanding how to increase cycling for transport in car-dependent cities, and the the complex links between urban housing, energy and wellbeing. Alex is also an honorary senior research associate at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering (UCL-IEDE) and a co-convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council.

Prof Gavin Turrell, Principal Research Fellow, School of Public Health, QUT

Gavin TurrellGavin Turrell is a Principal Research Fellow (Professor) in the School of Public Health and Social Work at Queensland University of Technology, and he is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship.

Gavin’s primary research interests are in social epidemiology, with a particular focus on the social determinants of health and health inequalities. His research is population-based and much of it examines how the neighbourhood environment interacts with individual-level factors to influence health and related behaviours and risk factors. Gavin is a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable, and Equitable Communities, where he leading a research program examining whether the neighbourhood built environment is causally related to health and well-being.  

Dr Tim Williams, Chief Executive Officer, The Committee of Sydney

Tim WilliamsDr Tim Williams is CEO of the Committee for Sydney and a part-time Principal with global consultancy Arup. Before coming to Australia in late 2010, Tim was recognised as one of the UK’s thought-leaders in urban regeneration and economic development for his role in developing East London as CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership.

He has also served as a special advisor on urban development, governance, city strategy and planning to 5 successive UK cabinet ministers, and to the Mayor of London. His work for the Committee for Sydney focuses on the Big City policy issues in policy-making for Sydney. Its work with the NSW Government on the Financial Services Knowledge Hub and developing Sydney as a Global Talent Hub has influenced both public policy and private sector best practice.

The Program Committee would like to thank our 2014 keynote speakers:

  • Mr Tim Bennett, Managing Director, Managed Growth Group
  • Mr Steven Burgess, Principal, MRCagney Pty Ltd
  • Adj. Prof Penelope Coombes, Managing Director, People for Places and Spaces
  • Mr Paul Edwards, Group General Manager, Sustainability, Mirvac
  • Professor Marcus Foth, Founder and Director, Urban Informatics Research Lab.
    Professorial Fellow, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology
  • Ms Claire Johnston, Project Director, Lend Lease
  • Mr Greg Mackie, CEO, Place Leaders Asia Pacific
  • Ms Ruth Spielman, Executive Officer, National Growth Areas Alliance
  • Ms Kerryn Wilmot, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS


Emma DeanCooking Demonstration with Emma Dean winner of the 2013 series of MasterChef Australia

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Emma Dean is a cook, forager and author, and the winner of the 2013 series of MasterChef Australia.

Emma’s passion for food began in the paddocks and kitchen of her country home near Bendigo, Victoria. Emma’s homely cooking style is inspired by a combination of her regional upbringing and her enthusiasm for urban foraging, resulting in dishes that mix classic ingredients with the more unusual and adventurous.

Since 2013 Emma has delivered her beautiful cooking style to audiences in Australia and abroad. She inspires others with her enthusiasm and expertise on food sustainability, including such topics as urban foraging and food production, zero waste in the kitchen, seasonal produce and preserving.

Emma’s first cookbook A Homegrown Table (published in December 2013) is a collection of over 100 delicious recipes that beautifully captures Emma’s hobby-farm origins and her love of local, seasonal produce.