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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 www.ourfuturecities.org.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Management, Integrated Coastal Management, Bachelor (Honours), Western Port: to Develop or Conserve?, Deakin University

28 Feb 200611 Nov 2009

Award Date: 11 Nov 2009

External positions

Co-Founder Our Future Cities, Our Future Cities Inc

1 Aug 2017 → …

PhD Candidate/ Researcher, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Ltd

1 Aug 20132 Feb 2018

Integrated Marine and Coastal Policy Officer, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) (Victoria)

2 Apr 201028 Jan 2011

Waterways and Land Officer/ Community Engagement and Capacity Building Specialist, Melbourne Water Corporation (trading as Melbourne Water) (Victoria)

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

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