As we become a more urbanised nation, the role of our urban forests is more important than ever. Research shows that well-designed and well-managed urban forests provide a wide range of benefits to our cities – from climate mitigation, improved human health and wellbeing, and biodiversity protection to social and economic development.
The Australian School of Urban Forestry has been developed by the University of Melbourne in partnership with the City of Melbourne to deliver new knowledge and cutting-edge skills in the field of urban forestry.
As a student of this five-and-a-half-day interactive learning experience, you will be guided by renowned experts in urban forestry education, research, advocacy and practice.
An established leader in the field, the City of Melbourne engages business, industry, and the wider community to strategically plan and establish urban forests of the future. You will gain access to this valuable industry insight, while also benefitting from the University of Melbourne’s education and research expertise in urban horticulture, green infrastructure, and urban forestry.
Throughout the innovative program, you will take part in seminars, workshop exercises, peer learning exchange and field trips to gain practical insights into urban forest policy, planning, management and community engagement.
Throughout this course, you will:
- Gain an understanding of the complexity of protecting, managing and restoring ecosystem function within urban areas.
- Examine the human and societal benefits provided by access to green spaces in the urban environment.
- Explore nature-based solutions to urban and suburban challenges.
Who should apply?
A successful urban forest requires an engaged and informed range of stakeholders, from community groups to land managers, planners and practitioners.
The program is suitable for all professionals in the sectors of urban greenspace, community advocacy, environmental health and policy management who have a desire to develop skills and gain knowledge in urban forestry.
Academic and teaching team
Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science at the University of Utah
Diane is a plant and ecosystems ecologist who studies the role of urban landscaping in local climate, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and water resources.
Practice Lead Urban Forest and Green Infrastructure at City of Melbourne
Ian is one of Australia’s leading experts in urban landscapes and urban forestry. He has specialised in Urban Landscapes for over 25 years and has worked for over a decade with the City of Melbourne.
Dr Stephen Livesley
Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne
Stephen is a key member of the University of Melbourne’s Green Infrastructure Research Group and is leading research into the role of trees and other vegetation in providing environmental and social benefits.
This course is presented in partnership with the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences.