Dr Melissa Jackson

Melissa Jackson


Research Fellow


Climate Action Beacon, Cities Research Institute

Areas of research & interest:

  • Behaviour change
  • Built environment
  • Circular economy
  • Climate change
  • Communications
  • Communities & society
  • Education
  • Emissions reduction
  • Energy & fuels
  • First Peoples
  • Land use & planning
  • Policy & regulation
  • Social issues
  • Sustainability


  • Communities in transition
  • Emissions reduction & sequestration
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • First Nations
  • Industry & business solutions
  • Nature based solutions
  • Policy & regulation
  • Technology solutions
  • Land Use & Regional Planning

Research Institution:


Dr Melissa Jackson is a transdisciplinary researcher and ‘pracademic’ specialising in sustainable, inclusive and just responses to climate change and sustainable development. Her recent research focuses on the theory and practice of transformative governance of water in Indigenous communities across remote Australia, focusing on the Torres Strait Islands. She also research questions relating to applications of systemic thinking, futures thinking collaborative learning and governance for sustainable development, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, facilitation and capacity building for climate resilient futures. She has extensive experience in research and project management, strategy and policy development in relation to climate change mitigation and clean energy, sustainable water, waste, food and climate adaptation.