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Associate Professor Magnus Moglia

Associate Professor, Theme Leader: Urban Regeneration
PhD Environment, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, Australia; Mathematical Statistics, KTH, Sweden; Engineering Physics, KTH, Sweden


Associate Professor Magnus Moglia is a systems scientist with an interest in urban and regional sustainability solutions. He is a Research Theme Leader for Eco-urban infrastructure, systems, and practices at the Centre for Urban Transitions (CUT). The CUT's mission is to enable just, healthy, and productive urban futures through actionable and solutions-oriented research.

Magnus’s primary research interests are in exploring the adoption, implementation and mainstreaming of sustainability solutions in cities. Examples of such sustainability solutions include Low-Emission Freight, Circular Economy practices, Urban Forestry, Rainwater Harvesting, Residential Solar PV Systems, Urban Regeneration, and Water Sensitive Development.

The exploration of these adaptation pathways often includes technological innovation and their adoption drivers and barriers amongst multiple agents; as well as the adaptive and reflexive governance that require forward-looking capability as well as effective interfaces between community and decision makers.

Before Magnus joined Swinburne, he was a researcher at the CSIRO from 2001 until 2020, as a Principal Research Scientist and where he was leading numerous studies, including in the Low Carbon Living CRC, Smart Water Fund, and research projects with various state government departments across the country. He was also on the steering committee for Committee of Melbourne’s Melbourne 4.0 project. His early research at CSIRO, in collaboration with water companies, included the development of software systems and algorithms to support risk-based management of infrastructure systems, which are now used widely in the water industry.

Magnus also has extensive experience in international research, including being a science leader in the large and award-winning CSIRO-AusAID three-year study on Climate Adaptation through Sustainable Urban Development in Can Tho City, Vietnam. In a large study with ACIAR, he was lead investigator in a multi-year study on the adoption of new technologies such as rice-farming practices amongst small-holder farmers in Laos. Through his PhD at the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, he researched climate adaptation and water management in the Pacific Island Countries.

Currently, Magnus is the Chair for Regen Melbourne’s Research Council, and has editorial duties for three journals: Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability, and Urban Transformations.

Research interests

Sustainable Urban Water Systems; Transportation Systems Engineering; Housing and Urban Studies

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Urban And Regional Planning - 330400
  • Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation - 410100
  • Environmental Management - 410400

Teaching areas

Sustainable Urban Water Systems;Housing and Urban Studies


Also published as: Moglia, Magnus; Moglia, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Food loss in the catfish value chain of the Mekong River Basin *; University of New England
  • 2023: Strategic East-Coast Regional Freight Network for Enhanced Access to Inland Rail *; iMOVECRC
  • 2023: Transition Towards Zero Emissions Heavy Vehicles: Analysis, Planning and Policy *; iMOVECRC
  • 2022: (Top Up Scholarship) Sustainable living and people’s travel mode choice behaviour *; Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Emissions and economic modelling of road and rail freight in NSW *; iMOVECRC
  • 2021: Victorian Circular Activator (VCA) *; Sustainability Victoria

* Chief Investigator