Meet the MCF team

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Melbourne Climate Futures is led by a multidisciplinary team of researchers in areas including environmental law, global health, sustainability, economics, energy transition, and governance. The team are shaping the initiative's research, translation, policy, and engagement – contributing to greater action on climate change here and around the world.

Meet the team

Jackie Peel


Jackie a Professor in the Melbourne Law School and a leading, internationally-recognised expert in the field of environmental and climate change law. She has published widely on these topics including leading monographs on Climate Litigation and Principles of International Environmental Law.

Jackie serves as the Treasurer of the Australian & New Zealand Society of International Law, a Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Signature Initiative on Climate Change and is a Lead Author in Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report. She is an editor of Transnational Environmental Law and co-founder of the Women’s Energy and Climate Law Network.

Jackie was a Fulbright and Hauser Scholar at NYU and has held visiting scholar positions at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.

Rebecca Burdon

Senior Advisor

Rebecca is a Senior Advisor to Melbourne Climate Futures, at the University of Melbourne, and CEO of Climate Resource. She was the Managing Director of the Energy Transition Hub in Australia until September 2020, based at the University of Melbourne. Rebecca has a background in economics and over 20 years of experience in policy, regulation and climate change.

Rebecca was a General Manager at the Climate Change Authority in Australia until May 2014. She was also a member of the Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee advising the Australian government on rules for creating carbon credits from the land sector under the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Ben Neville

Deputy Director – Engagement

Ben is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management & Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Ben researches and teaches in sustainable business and society, including corporate social responsibility, business ethics, ethical consumption and social entrepreneurship. He is a Section Editor of the Corporate Responsibility (Theory and Qualitative) section of the leading international academic Journal of Business Ethics.

At the University, he serves as the Gourlay Fellow of Ethics in Business, and the Sustainability in the Curriculum Fellow for the Faculty of Business and Economics. Ben is also the Coordinator of the Governance, Policy and Markets Stream in the Master of Environment, Chair of the University's Fair Trade Steering Committee, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

Kathryn Bowen

Deputy Director – Research Translation and Policy Impact

Kathryn is Professor in the Melbourne School of Global and Population Health, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany. Kathryn works at the nexus of global environmental change, global health and governance issues primarily in low and middle-income settings. She holds a PhD (ANU), MSc (International Health) (Humboldt & Frei Universities, Berlin) and BA/Psyc (Hons) (Newcastle).

Kathryn holds several key international roles, including Lead Author on the IPCC 6th Assessment Report, a member of the Science Committee of the World Adaptation Science Program; a member of the Steering Committee of the Future Earth Health Knowledge Action Network (Health KAN), and a member of the Taskforce on Planetary Justice Research as part of the Earth System Governance network.

Kathryn regularly advises the World Health Organization on climate change and health, as well as other national and international organisations, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the German Organisation for International Development, UNDP, Global Environment Facility, the Asian Development Bank and the City of Melbourne.

Kathryn is an editor of the journal Globalization and Health, and is a reviewer for many journals, including Social Science and Medicine, Global Health Action, and Environmental Research Letters among others.

Bek Markey-Towler

Research Fellow

Rebekkah (Bek) is a Research Fellow working with Professor Jacqueline Peel in the Melbourne Law School. She has a particular interest in environmental and climate change law and was part of the research team co-led by Professor Peel examining legal frameworks for waste management, including plastic wastes, as part of SPREP’s PacWastePlus program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons) from the University of Queensland.

Don Henry and Sangeetha Chandra-Shekeran

Don Henry, Enterprise Professor in Environmentalism and Sangeetha Chandra-Shekeran have roles with Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute but also serve a role within Melbourne Climate Futures. Don focuses on stakeholder engagement and international policy, Sangeetha on coordinating the Climate Transformations Research Cluster.

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