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Paul Satur is an early career environmental and social science researcher and practitioner with the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities as part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. His role is to provide the research, training and influence necessary to support the ongoing transitions of urban and semi-urban communities to sustainable, liveable, productive and resilient water sensitive futures.


Paul has had extensive experience with the Water Sensitive Cities approach, having recently completed a doctoral thesis entitled Social Inequality and Water Sensitive Cities in Australia, within the School of Social Sciences (Monash University) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC). Paul’s research has formed part of the major outputs of program A2.1 Understanding Societal Processes to achieve Water Sensitive Cities within the CRCWSC and has helped guide the development of the Water Sensitive Cities Index Tool.


With a  background in Environmental management Paul possesses over 10 years’ experience in the integrated urban water management/ natural resource management sector, having particular expertise in the development, delivery and review of stakeholder engagement, education and capacity building programs and initiatives. He has worked at both strategic and on-ground levels in multifaceted programs and research projects with organisations including The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cites, Melbourne Water, Monash and Melbourne University, The Central Coastal Board and The Cardinia Shire Council.


Paul continues to work effectively in spaces that present complex socio-institutional and socio-ecological challenges for the continued development of sustainable systems. He has recently established the Our Future Cities Program, which has sought to foster a community of practice, build capacities and promote opportunities for diverse voices to help shape the future sustainability, liveability and resilience outcomes of our cities. To find out more, head to

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Management, Integrated Coastal Management, Bachelor (Honours), Deakin University

28 Feb 200611 Nov 2009

External positions

Co-Founder Our Future Cities, Our Future Cities

1 Aug 2017 → …

PhD Candidate/ Researcher, The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Senstive Cities

1 Aug 20132 Feb 2018

Integrated Marine and Coastal Policy Officer, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (VIC)

2 Apr 201028 Jan 2011

Waterways and Land Officer/ Community Engagement and Capacity Building Specialist, Melbourne Water

2 Feb 20103 Feb 2018

Environment and Heritage Officer, Cardinia Shire Council

1 Nov 20072 Mar 2009

Research area keywords

  • Integrated Water Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social Inclusion
  • Cities
  • Social Ecology
  • Social-Ecological Systems
  • Social Science
  • Environmental management
  • Sociology
  • Environment
  • Liveability
  • Resilience
  • Natural Resource Management

Projects 2019 2020

Research Output 2016 2019

Access to safe drinking water on homelands: the need for a social ecological approach

Satur, P. & Robertson, H., 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
Open Access

The role of research in integrating the SDGs across integrated urban water management in Australia

Satur, P., 17 Oct 2018, p. 1. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access

Social inequality and water use practices in Australian communities

Satur, P., 2016. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access


2019 Victorian Young Water Professional of the Year

Paul Satur (Recipient), 7 Dec 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Conference Paper, 2016 AWA young Water Professionals Conference, Sydney.

Paul Satur (Recipient), 16 Feb 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Stormwater Victoria Award for Excellence in Policy and Education

Paul Satur (Recipient), 5 Dec 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Contribution to conference

Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference

Paul Satur (Speaker), Jo Lindsay (Speaker)
18 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Water management: tapping into a new way of thinking to benefit everyone

Paul Satur


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

It Did Actually Rain In Australia On Monday But We Should Still Be Worried

Paul Satur


1 Media contribution

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Dr Paul Satur Interview on ABC Central West - 10 October 2019

Paul Satur


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Cross-sector collaboration the key to achieving SDGs

Paul Satur


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

City water restrictions hurt our most vulnerable – especially women

Paul Satur


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature