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Professor Niki Frantzeskaki

Adjunct Professor


Niki Frantzeskaki is an Adjunct Professor of urban sustainability transitions at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. She holds a PhD on ‘Dynamics of Sustainability transitions’ from Delft University of Technology. She researches contemporary sustainability transitions and their governance across Europe, USA, Brazil and in developing countries like Vanuatu, and Ghana.

She has coordinated and led research on environmental governance, and urban sustainability transitions in a portfolio of research projects including: CONNECTING NATURE, IMPRESSIONS, GATE, ENABLE, URBES, ARTS, SUSTAIN, MUSIC, RESHARE, RWS funded project on Sustainability in Large Infrastructures and NGI Self-organisation of infrastructures, GUST, RESILIENT EUROPE. Three of her leading research projects had been awarded research excellence awards: URBES, ARTS and SUSTAIN. She has edited 15 special issues in top-ranked journals about sustainability and sustainability transitions. 

She has edited two books on sustainable waste management in Greek and three books on urban transitions and transition management published in 2017 and 2018 with Routledge, Cambridge University Press and Springer Nature. She contributed as a lead expert in international dialogues and projects, being the lead expert in the European Union and Brazil platform of science exchange and co-production under the theme of innovating cities with nature-based solutions, with a good grasp on global environmental governance knowledge and processes in 2015-2016. She is actively contributing as an author in CBO, GEO-5, GEO-6 and IPBES assessments. She is the editor in chief of a new open access Springer journal 'Urban Transformations'. 

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
  • Environmental Management - 410400


Also published as: Frantzeskaki, Niki; Frantzeskaki, N.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Walk-quality: A multi-criteria design platform to facilitate active travel *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2020: Transform *; University of Waterloo, Canada
  • 2020: Village 21 Evaluation *; Kids Under Cover
  • 2019: Post CRC Node Project *; CRC Low Carbon Living

* Chief Investigator

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