Keynote Speaker

John Symons

Research Fellow, Victoria University

Dr Symons works at the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES) at Victoria University. He has recently worked with the City of Melbourne on Green Infrastructure Projects including an Economic Framework for Local Government and an economic analysis of Green Roofs and Walls. He has also worked with the Bushfire Natural Hazard CRC on risk ownership and an economic geography and the UNFPA on health, education and road safety intervention modelling.

Dr Symons has also developed an environmental education program for pre-service teachers with a local high school making use of their environmental science centre to explore sustainability issues including urban agriculture.