Laura-Lee Innes

Assoc Professor

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Laura-lee Innes is an Associate Professor jointly appointed to the Departments of Chemical and Civil Engineering with a focus in Environmental Engineering. She obtained her BEng and PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, where her PhD research focussed on the performance of polymeric containers used for the storage of radioactive waste. She also completed her MSc in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta where her research focussed on the crack resistance of thermoplastic roadway markings. She also served as a Commissioned Officer in the Canadian Air Force, where she trained as an Air Navigator and had responsibility for development and implementation of the ISO14001 Environmental Management System at one of the first Canadian Air Force Bases to adopt this system.

Prior to joining Monash in 2019, Laura-lee spent 12 years at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria where she held various roles including the role of Senior Applied Scientist – Waste and Chemicals from 2014 as well as the appointment as EPA Victoria’s Principal Expert for Waste from 2013. While at EPA Victoria, she developed and delivered research programs that provided the evidence base to inform regulatory and policy development and implementation in the areas of waste and chemicals. In 2017 she was the technical lead for the development of the Per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental Management Plan.

Research interests

Laura-lee's research will focus on sustainable engineering in the areas of:

  • waste characteristics including the intrinsic physical and chemical characteristics of waste and the changes to these characteristics after environmental or other exposures;
  • waste technologies with consideration of engineering processes and associated chemical/material transformations; and
  • identification of pathways to environment and human health impact within the waste management cycle, including the identification of critical control points.

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical and Materials Engineering, PhD, Royal Military College of Canada

Chemical and Materials Engineering, MSc , University of Alberta

Chemical and Materials Engineering, BEng, Royal Military College of Canada

External positions

Various Positions including Senior Applied Scientist, Waste and Chemicals and Principal Expert, Waste, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Victoria)

Feb 2007Mar 2019

Research area keywords

  • Waste management
  • Contamination fate and transport
  • Radioactive waste managment
  • Solid waste managment
  • Remediation
  • Environment impact
  • Chemicals
  • Materials
  • Exposure

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Research Output 2004 2019

A new method for ranking potential hazards and risks from wastes

Cheng, K. Y., Wong, P. Y., Whitwell, C., Innes, L. L. & Kaksonen, A. H., 5 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Hazardous Materials. 365, p. 778-788 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A review of hazardous waste regulatory frameworks

Innes, L. & Collins, R., 2018, Inside Waste, 81, p. 32-33 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleOther

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)

Antimony leaching and chemical species analyses in an industrial solid waste: surface and bulk speciation using ToF-SIMS and XANES

Kappen, P., Ferrando-Miguel, G., Reichman, S. M., Innes, L., Welter, E. & Pigram, P. J., 1 Jan 2017, In : Journal of Hazardous Materials. 329, p. 131-140 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Precinct scale urban renewal - challenge and opportunities

Bolton, M., Dridan, J., Innes, L., Northway, A., Shiels, S., Warwick, B. & Naidu, R., 2013, Remediation Australasia, 14, p. 18-21 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleOther

Open Access

Polymer composite waste containers for the ultimate disposal of radioactive waste

Bonin, H. W., Bui, V. T., Pagé, D., Walker, M., Brown, L. L., Miedema, I., Mortley, A., Van Tine, J. R. & Saboui, Y., 29 Aug 2011, 13th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference 2011, IHLRWMC 2011. p. 70-77 8 p. (13th International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference 2011, IHLRWMC 2011; vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOther


Monash Engineering Women's Leadership Award

Laura-Lee Innes (Recipient), Nov 2015

Prize: Other distinction