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Dr Matthew Parnell

Senior Lecturer in Design Management and Strategy
PhD (Sustainable Development), Murdoch University, Australia; Bachelor of Building, University of NSW, Australia


Dr. Matthew Parnell is a sustainability academic and practitioner with over thirty years professional experience of applying sustainability in the built environment, education, research, business and social enterprise. He is a published author, researcher and educator, including ten years experience as a University lecturer in sustainable development at the University of Tasmania School of Architecture and the Technology Education Course at Southern Cross University. He also has experience at management level in commercial, academic and non-government sectors. For ten years prior to joining Swinburne University he ran his own sustainability consultancy, Greensynergy Consulting, working on sustainability projects in urban, rural, regional and remote Australia. Areas of consulting activity included sustainability services in green building, energy assessment, education and cultural change through partnerships with designers, developers, business, industry and community organizations, and government agencies. He graduated with a PhD in Sustainable Development from Murdoch University in 2012, under the supervision of Professor Peter Newman. The research program investigated sustainability culture and its implications for sustainability practice. Themes explored through the research are now central to his teaching, research and professional sustainability practice.

Research interests

Innovation; Social enterprise; Social impact; Construction Materials; Sustainable Urban Water Systems; Strategic & Transformative Design: Culture; Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Thinking and Complexity; Strategic & Transformative Design: Service Design and Socio-Technical Systems; Strategic & Transformative Design: Sustainability; Housing and Urban Studies; Recycling

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Architectural Science And Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure And Ecologically Sustainable Design) - 120104
  • Design Innovation - 120302
  • Community Planning - 120501

Teaching areas

Innovation;Social enterprise;Social impact;Construction Materials;Sustainable Urban Water Systems;Strategic & Transformative Design: Culture;Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Thinking and Complexity;Strategic & Transformative Design: Service Design and Socio-Technical Systems;Strategic & Transformative Design: Sustainability;Housing and Urban Studies;Recycling


Also published as: Parnell, Matthew; Parnell, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Scoping of the Virtual Hub for Climate Change Innovation *; Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • 2018: Virtual Hub for Climate Change Innovation *; Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

* Chief Investigator

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