Dr Melanie Davern

Senior Research Fellow

Associate Professor Melanie Davern is Acting Deputy Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University and Director of the Australian Urban Observatory, a digital platform providing liveability indicators for the 21 largest cities of Australia available at municipal, suburb and neighbourhood geographies.

Melanie has specific expertise in indicators or the quantification of social, economic and environmental measures of wellbeing that assess the social determinants of health as well as the translation of research knowledge into policy and practice to create real world impact from research evidence.

Melanie’s partnership-based approach to policy focused research has resulted in extensive successful partnerships across all tiers of government, community organisations and industry that seek to use data and research evidence as a catalyst for future action to improve liveability, health and wellbeing for all members of the community.