Adjunct Associate Professor
Cheryl Desha

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Personal details


biomimicry, curriculum renewal, education for sustainability, engineering education, green building, resource productivity, sustainability, sustainable development, whole system, whole system design


Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • PhD (Griffith University)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Griffith University)

Professional memberships and associations

  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure Theme, Institute for Future Environments
  • Research Principal, The Natural Edge Project (2002 - Present)
  • Chartered Member (Academic, 2014), Engineers Australia (1999 - Present)
  • Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) (1999 - Present)


Higher Research Degree Supervision:

PhD and Masters by Research in various trans-disciplinary fields including biophilic urbanism (nature-loving cities), ecosystem services, policy and planning, whole system thinking, low carbon public procurement, lean thinking, project management for sustainable outcomes, driving sustainable innovation in the water sector and design innovation.

The majority of this supervision involves qualitative phenomenological case study research and a mixture of PhD by publications and traditional manuscripts.

Students are encouraged to engage with end-users and their community of practice (domestic or internationally) during their candidature, to build networks and seek emerging consensus on their research topic during studies.

All research enquiries should be emailed with an attached 2-page word document outlining the proposed Title, Context for Research, Research Problem, Preferred Research Methods and Potential Timeline. In-text citations should also be used to demonstrate research capabilities.


Selected publications

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