How water sensitive cities can enrich liveability, sustainability, resilience and productivity for everyone.


Date: Tuesday 13th March 2018
Time: 6:00 PM sharp to 7:30 PM
Doors open: 5:30pm
Venue: City of Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub,
506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: This is a free event, but spaces are limited!


How do we ensure thriving, healthy and enjoyable environments for our cities?  One way is to bring water to the forefront of urban planning and design. This can have a raft of benefits including resource efficiency (using the right water for the right job), liveability (improving amenity, public health and wellbeing) and environmental enhancement (protecting our cherished rivers, beaches and bays and enhancing urban spaces, form and function).  At this seminar Dr Briony Rogers will provide an overview of how a transition to Water Sensitive Cities can help us achieve these goals. Stephanie Hamel will also provide an introduction to water sensitive urban design and a practical ‘on-the-ground’ account of implementation challenges and success.



Dr Briony Rogers


Stephanie Hamel



Dr Briony Rogers

Briony Rogers is a Senior Lecturer with Monash University’s School of Social Sciences. She leads social research on transitions in water management with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. Briony takes an action research approach to facilitate strategic planning processes with industry and community stakeholders that explore urban water futures and develop actions to drive transitions 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 extensive experience as an engineering consultant on water infrastructure projects in Australia and Vietnam.

Stephanie Hamel is a Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Officer at Yarra Ranges Council. She works in the civil design team, developing WSUD designs, providing on the job training and building on synergies with other programs to reinforce Council's capacity to deliver WSUD components of projects. This includes reinforcing linkages with the construction and maintenance teams as well as close collaboration with the Little Stringybark Creek project with Melbourne University and Melbourne Water.

Stephanie has extensive international project experience, including positions in France, Uganda, East Timor and Australia. She has also worked in private consultancy, research, non-government organisations and council settings.