Dr Benjamin Cooke

Ben is a lecturer in Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT, with a background in environment management, planning and geography.

Ben’s research interests include human-environment relations, urban natures, environmental stewardship, private land conservation and resilience theory. Ben is particularly interested in research that explores the space between social/cultural theory and applied concepts and practice in environmental management.

Ben is currently working on a research project with rural landholders in Victoria to examine their experiences of an ecosystem services program that pays them for their conservation efforts. The project is exploring themes of social and ecological resilience across spatial and temporal scales, and how these objectives align with short-term payment schemes for ecosystem service delivery.

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How can urban and environmental planning shape a post-pandemic future?

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The adversities of COVID-19 have no doubt changed the way we think about our environments. Here, our teachers discuss the role urban, regional and environmental planning has in shaping a post-pandemic future.


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The rise around the globe to bring nature back into cities has clear links to individual and community health and wellbeing, according to RMIT researchers at the Centre for Urban Research.


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Enthusiasm for urban greening is at a high point, and rightly so. Green space is increasingly recognised as useful for moderating the heat island effect. Hence, this helps cities adapt to, and reduce the consequences of, climate change.


It’s not all in your head

14 July 2016

New study explores new ways of describing the connection between people and planet.