Short course

Urban Forests Masterclass: the Australian School of Urban Forestry


2020 Fees

To be confirmed.


2020 Dates

Intake 1 (2020)

  • Application close date: 5 November 2020
  • Study period: 10 November - 13 November 2020


Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne.

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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 Urban Forests Masterclass: 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.

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

  • Dr Sara Barron
    Lecturer, The University of Melbourne

    Sara has worked in the fields of sustainable city planning and climate change visioning for over a decade, recently focusing her research on the multiple benefits provided by urban green spaces.

  • Ian Shears
    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.