Overview

Current Work

Associate Professor Cheryl Desha is the Director for Engagement (Industry) in the School of Engineering and Built Environment, responsible for engaging Industry in executive education, and connecting industry with academic research and student learning opportunities. Cheryl’s research role is as the Director of Adapter, a group within the university's Cities Research Institute. The group is focused on collecting, curating and visualising data for improved decision-making about our cities, particularly in green infrastructure and disaster response. She is also Academic User Coordinator for the $56 million new building to house Engineering and Built Environment on campus (due for completion October 2019).

For the past 15 years, Cheryl has been working with colleagues in Australia and overseas to build capacity for resilient and liveable cities, through publications on whole system thinking, resource productivity, decoupling and sustainable business practice. Her career goal is to facilitate sustainable development by empowering decision-makers with information in the right form, at the right time, and in the right place.

With the team from The Natural Edge Project research group she has co-authored more than 100 publications including 6 books, 2 of which have been listed in the top 40 publications by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Since 2011, she has co-led three 2-year core ‘Greening the Built Environment’ projects within the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, including: 1) Green building design ($120,000); 2) Biophilic Ciites ($90,000); and 3) Future of Roads ($120,000). In 2012 her team received a Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award and in 2013 she led a 6-university consortium in an unprecedented federally funded AUD $460,000 project to deliver innovative energy efficiency capacity building resources for engineering. Cheryl also led an $85,000 QUT and HIA Australia funded grant to investigate the value of green infrastructure at two case study sites: the Lady Cilento Children’s hospital (now the Royal Queensland Hospital), and a temporary building (Growler Airbase), working with Conrad Gargett and Lendlease (2015-2017).

Cheryl holds the following positions: Board Member (Education Expert), Energy Efficiency Council, Editorial Board, Springer Nature’s Sustainable Earth, Editorial Board, Institution of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Infrastructure Asset Management, Griffith University Representative ProSPER.Net.

Current Research Highlights:
• Griffith University lead for a national urban renewal research project on unlocking land development potential through trackless trams (Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre – SBEnrc, 2018-2019)
• Project leader, Digital Earth Node (DEN) Remote Immersive Collaboration spaces (Strategic funds: Sciences Group/ Cities Research Institute)
• Mentor, seed-funding grant to establish a local food resilience application for use in times of disaster management (Cities Research Institute, 2018-2019)
• Mentor, seed-funding grant to create a mechanism for evaluating the economic rationale for green infrastructure, considering property values (Cities Research Institute, 2018-2019)

Cheryl has supervised 8 higher degree research (HDR) students through to completion on the following topics: Low carbon public procurement; Elements for Innovation in the Australian Water Sector; Resilience in road infrastructure (Associate); Design of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital green spaces; The Business Case for Incorporating Biophilic Urbanism; The Role of Design in Sustainable Adaptive Reuse of Built Heritage; Carbon structural adjustment; and Mainstreaming biophilic urbanism in Australian cities.

She holds a PhD in Rapid Capacity Building (2010), as well as a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) with First Class Honours and two university medals (1999) from Griffith University. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the Queensland University of Technology (2014).
 

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Expertise Keywords

  • Biomimicry
  • Biophilic urbanism
  • Engineering Education
  • Green infrastructure
  • Place based
  • Sustainable development
  • curriculum development

Subject Area Codes

  • Civil Engineering
  • Education Systems
  • Engineering Design Knowledge
  • Engineering Practice
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Design

Country Affiliations

  • Japan

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 51 (Other: 51)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Construction Engineering (2104ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Design for Civil Engineers (2106ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Mechanics of Material I (2101ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Construction Engineering (2104ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Design for Civil Engineers (2106ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Mechanics of Materials I (2101ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • International Engineering Prac (2007ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2018.
  • International Engineering Prac (2007ENG)
    Supervisor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2018.
  • International Engineering Prac (2007ENG)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2018.
  • Creative Engineering (1701ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Griffeng (1000ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Creative Engineering (1701ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • International Engineering Prac (2007ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2017.
  • International Engineering Prac (2007ENG)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Summer semester (Nov/Dec), 2017.
  • Griffeng (1000ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Eng Practice & Sustainability (1001ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Eng Practice & Sustainability (1001ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Eng Practice & Sustainability (1001ENG)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Eng Practice (1001ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Eng Practice (1001ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Eng Practice (1001ENG)
    Teacher, In Person, Mt. Gravatt Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (4207ENG)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (4207ENG)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (4207ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (4207ENG)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Eng Practice & Sustainability (1001ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Eng Practice & Sustainability (1001ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Eng Practice & Sustainability (1001ENG)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (7407ENG)
    Convenor, Print Materials, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (7407ENG)
    Teacher, Print Materials, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (7407ENG)
    Convenor, Mixed Model, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (7407ENG)
    Teacher, Mixed Model, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (7407ENG)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (7407ENG)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (7407ENG)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Env Management Systems (7407ENG)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2010.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

In addition to my current cohort of PhD students, I am seeking highly motivated individuals with life experience (i.e. in the workforce), who have found a topic of interest in one or more of the following areas: biophilic urbanism, geospatial enquiry, capacity building for sustainable development. Intended study could be part time (self-funded) or full time (scholarship-ready), with a focus on mainstreaming green infrastructure in the built environment. Qualitative research methods are preferred, although a mixed-method approach is also possible. </br></br>Examples of student work from previous supervision roles can be found here: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/desha/. </br></br>Results to date: </br></br>• Seven APA / International scholarships for PhD study</br>• Five PhD completions and 1 Masters by Research completion (4 as primary supervisor)</br>• All HDR students have funded travel opportunities to network with industry through developing high quality peer-reviewed publications</br>• My supervision teams have strong connectivity with my research agenda, and key colleagues in other schools, and other faculties including Creative Industries and Business. </br></br>Evidence – Impact & Outcomes: </br></br>• Published 3 books, 6 chapters, 10 journal papers, and 28 peer-reviewed conference papers in high impact events (4 supported separate international trips to present in Germany, Barcelona, Sweden and Portugal)</br>• HDR placement in Germany for 10 months in 2014, including the student’s involvement in international conference and invited editor role for book on the topic</br>• Successfully mentored Post-Doctoral industry engagement with Brisbane City Council in 2015, through $8,000 project on “Integrating Water Smart Solutions”</br>• Key senior advisory job placements for graduates, including: the Victorian government (Senior Policy Advisor, 2017), Sunshine Coast Council (Sustainability Policy Officer, 2017), in private consulting (Senior Business Developer, KharmBuild – Egypt), and in academia (Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Adelaide, 2016).

Background

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, Griffith University -
  • BEngEnv Bachelor Of Engineering In Environmental Engineering, Griffith University -