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Dr Paris Hadfield (she/her) is a Research Fellow at the Monash Sustainable Development Institute with an interest in the intersections of (urban) climate policy, zero-carbon infrastructures, climate finance, and social justice.

Paris is currently contributing to international research partnerships at MSDI exploring Just Transitions to Decarbonisation in Australia (British Academy, in collaboration with Royal Holloway University of London), river revitalisation through circular economy in Indonesia (Veski grant, Citarum Living Lab), and university living lab governance (Monash-ENGIE Alliance Solutions Fund). 

Paris previously led an action research project at the Melbourne Centre for Cities, the University of Melbourne with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM) and Ironbark Sustainability. This project explored regional research and innovation priorities and needs for city climate action to inform GCoM's Innovate4Cities initiative and the Global Research and Action Agenda on Cities and Climate Change, as well as how evidence / measures of city climate action effectiveness might inform city climate action planning and multilevel governance.

Paris completed her PhD in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living. Her PhD thesis examines urban experiments in renewable energy procurement, lending, and co-ownership in Australia, the UK, and Sweden to explain how local autonomy and inclusive social outcomes are achieved through the adaptation and reconfiguration of capitalist financial systems.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • urban sustainability transitions
  • climate finance
  • just transitions
  • multilevel governance
  • renewable energy
  • transformative innovation policy
  • place-based social innovation
  • local government
  • community energy