Our people

Our people

Our people

The Smart Green Cities team is directed by a team of six Executive members across multiple Faculties of the University, and the operations for the Centre are run by an Executive Officer.

Membership is drawn from researchers across all Faculties of the University, as well as various external industry and government organisations.

All prospective members are encouraged to contact the centre and provide details of their work, or interest in the areas green infrastructure, smart technology and renewable energy.

Executive team

Professor Michelle Leishman

Director - Research, Smart Green Cities
Head of Department, Department of Biological Sciences

Michelle Leishman

Michelle’s research focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation for plants, invasion success of exotic plants and pathogens, and urban greening. She leads the Green Cities Which Plant Where project at Macquarie University in collaboration with Western Sydney University and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and serves on several Boards and Councils including Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Bush Heritage and the Australian Flora Foundation.

Dr Lara Moroko

Associate Director - Partnerships & Commercialisation, Smart Green Cities
Macquarie Incubator

Lara has a commercial background in strategy, marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship. She brings these perspectives together in her work, where she focusses on enabling innovation and transformational change through collaboration and the creation of shared value. Lara draws on design thinking, business model innovation and lean methodologies to inform her applied research and teaching in the MGSM MBA. Her external engagement work includes building intrapreneurship capability within large corporations, mentoring start-ups and participating in placelabTM, an alliance of design thinkers and placemakers who collaborate to make better places to live, work and learn.

Dr Peter Davies

Associate Director - Urban Planning, Smart Green Cities
Department of Environmental Sciences

Peter’s research is focused on sustainable land use and strategic planning and the enabling decision making processes. His research interest and approach draws on more than 20 years working in state and local government and the importance to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to understand past and current decisions to inform future policy and practice. His research interests involve a range of collaborations within academia, government and the private sector and he is a member of a number of advisory committees dealing with sustainable land use and environmental management.

Professor Darren Bagnall

Associate Director - Sustainable Energy Systems, Smart Green Cities
Dean, School of Engineering

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Professor Bagnall joined Macquarie University in 2017. His leadership role comes with the opportunity to develop strong interdisciplinary teams to build research capability that can impact communication technologies (5G and the Intenet of Things), energy, biomedical, and materials engineering.

Professor Bagnall's primary research interests are in the development of opto-electronic semiconductor devices and systems. Increasingly his research interest is moving towards the integration and uptake of renewable energy systems. He continues to contribute to the energy research portfolio with ARENA funding on Black Silicon Solar Cells and most recently as a CI on the recent “Blue Economy” CRC.

Dr Michael Sheng

Associate Director - Smart Technology, Smart Green Cities
Head of Department, Computing

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Dr. Michael Sheng is a Professor and Head of Department of Computing at Macquarie University. Michael's research interests include Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, web technologies and service computing.

Michael has more than 380 publications and has been invited to give keynotes at a number of international conferences and has served as the Conference General Chair or Program Chair for several top international conferences in his area. He is the recipient of the AMiner Most Influential Scholar Award in IoT (2019), ARC Future Fellowship (2014), Chris Wallace Award for Outstanding Research Contribution (2012) and Microsoft Research Fellowship (2003). Michael has played a leadership role in a number large research projects and programs including 10 ARC projects, Digital Health CRC, and a smart city project sponsored by the Australian Government's Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Leigh Staas

Associate Director - Engagement & Research Partnerships, Smart Green Cities
Department of Biological Sciences

Leigh Staas
Leigh's role is to act as a pivot point between industry, government, academics and students in order to develop multidisciplinary research and education initiatives.
Her efforts focus on building capacity within the centre by building collaborative external industry and government linkages and supporting education and outreach programs.

Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie and has a strong interest in stakeholder collaboration, science communication and education.

Jerusha Beresford

Executive Officer, Smart Green Cities
Department of Biological Sciences

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Jerusha has a strong commercial background in operations management and her role is to manage the operations for the Centre, co-ordinate outreach activities and to assist the Executive team in strategic planning and engagement. Jerusha holds a Bachelor of Science (UNSW) and is passionate about using her strengths in communication, stakeholder management, process improvement and business acumen to drive the Centre's vision of creating smart green cities for the future.

Smart Green Cities research members

The Centre for Smart Green Cities brings together world-class expertise. With members from across Macquarie, we aim to take a multidisciplinary approach to create better places to live, learn, work and play, as urbanisation progresses.

Member Research Interests

Professor Michelle Leishman

Department of Biological Sciences

  • understanding plant success in novel ranges
  • responses of invasive plants to elevated CO2
  • climate change and threatened species
  • ecological impacts of Myrtle rust
  • evolutionary ecology of smoke promoted germination
  • facilitating green cities.
 Dr Lara Moroko

Macquarie Incubator
  • models of collaboration between entities with divergent operating structures and mechanisms; e.g.: governments, corporations, start-ups, community groups and social enterprise
  • future capable: engaging divergent thinkers and building growth mindsets as a source of sustainable value
  • creation of innovation networks of practitioners, students and thought leaders through interaction in a facilitated learning environment.
 Dr Robert Abbas

Department of Engineering 
  • 5G Mobile Networks, LTE advanced Pro 4.75 G, Massive MIMO, HetNets, LTE-M1, NB-IoT Technology and Applications, 5G Security, Optimisation and Performance Management,
  • 5G-Cloud-RAN, Cloud Computing, Data Centres, NFV, Virtualizations Application for 5G Mobile Networks
  • software Defined Networking Application for 5G Mobile Networks and Network slicing.

Dr Linda Beaumont

Department of Biological Sciences

  • potential effects of climate change on native fauna and flora and invasive species
  • understanding and reducing uncertainty in species distribution modelling
  • shifts in the timing of species life cycles due to climate change
  • conservation implications of climate change
  • climatic niche shifts and invasive species.

Associate Professor Melanie Bishop

Department of Biological Sciences

  • impacts of urban sprawl on estuarine and coastal ecosystems
  • green solutions for built infrastructure in the marine environment
  • living shorelines and ecological restoration for multiple benefits.

Dr Hsing-Chung (Michael) Chang

Department of Environmental Sciences

  • urban development and change detection using remote sensing
  • urban forest and urban heat island effect studies
  • natural disasters mitigation (i.e. bushfires, floods and coastal erosion)
  • vegetation (both native and invasive species) mapping using remote sensing.

Dr Kirsten Davies

Macquarie Law School

  • ethno-ecology
  • community engagement and capacity building
  • environmental law (including customary law), policy and management (including hybrid management)
  • human rights and climate change.

Dr Peter Davies

Department of Environmental Sciences

  • urban ecology and greening cities
  • urban water management
  • land use planning
  • contamination and
  • energy transformation.

Professor Michael Heimlich

Department of Engineering

  • RF/microwave/millimetre-wave MMIC and RFIC
  • bio-implantable electronic systems
  • ultra-low power design
  • design flow theory
  • novel microwave materials and antenna systems
  • GHz packaging and signal integrity
  • wireless testing.
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Dr Jahangir Hossain

Department of Engineering

  • renewable energy integration and FACTS devices with energy storage
  • smart grid, hybrid microgrids, electrical vehicles and distributed generations
  • dynamics, stability analysis, robust control and cyber secured control for smart grids
  • power electronics, electric vehicles, electrical drives and intelligent control.

Professor Lesley Hughes

Department of Biological Sciences/ Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development)

  • impacts of climate change on Australian species and ecosystems
  • climate change and conservation policy
  • climate change and science communication
  • climate change public outreach and education.
 Dr Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay

Department of Engineering
  • smart sensors
  • wireless sensor networks
  • Internet of Things
  • mechatronics
  • wireless mechatronics
  • embedded mechatronic systems
  • electrical and electronics engineering
  • environmental monitoring
  • health monitoring.
 Professor Michael Sheng

Department of Computing
  • Internet of Things
  • smart cities
  • big data analytics
  • web science.

Professor Stefan Trueck

Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies

  • financial economics
  • risk management
  • energy markets and renewables
  • carbon emission markets
  • climate change and environmental economics
  • property markets.

Associate Professor Viviana Wuthrich

Department of Psychology

  • impact of the environment on psychological wellbeing
  • evaluating interventions for their impact on psychological wellbeing
  • mental health in children, adults and older adults
  • effects of sensory gardens on the wellbeing of older adults with dementia.

Jian Yang

Department of Computing

  • social media based recommendation
  • topic derivation and event detection in social media
  • influence maximization
  • trust propagation
  • process analytics
  • provenance based access control.
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