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Dr Peter Breen is a Practice Professor in the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and director of E2Designlab Pty Ltd.  He is interested in inter-disciplinary research and was co-leader of the Urban Program in the CRC for Freshwater Ecology which was one of the first CRCs.  Peter has a long interest in the integration of science and engineering practice in the management of urban and rural aquatic ecosystems.  He has been a leading researcher and practitioner in the development of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in Australia.  Peter has over 35 years in the water sector and has held positions in industry, academia, research and consulting.  His research and practice interests including aquatic botany, wetland, stream and lake ecology, stormwater and wastewater treatment, water quality management and restoration ecology.  Peter’s recent research and practice focus has been on developing green infrastructure interventions for the RISE (Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments) program.  The focus of the RISE Program in understanding how integrated water management intervention in informal settlement could improve the health of residents and the environment.  This program is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Asian Development Bank.

Research area keywords

  • Impacts of Urban Development
  • Integrated Water Management
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design
  • Water Quality
  • Stormwater
  • Wastewater
  • Wetlands
  • Streams
  • Lakes

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Research Output 1997 2017

23 Citations (Scopus)

Designing living walls for greywater treatment

Fowdar, H., Hatt, B., Breen, P., Cook, P. & Deletic, A., 1 Mar 2017, In : Water Research. 110, p. 218-232 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

15 Citations (Scopus)

Evaluation of sustainable electron donors for nitrate removal in different water media

Fowdar, H. S., Hatt, B. E., Breen, P. & Cook, P., 1 Sep 2015, In : Water Research. 85, p. 487 - 496 10 p., 11499.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Selection of carbon substrates to use as electron donors for denitrification in biofiltration systems

Fowdar, H. S., Desa, M. N. B. M. (ed.), Breen, P., Hatt, B. E., Cook, P. & Deletic, A., 2014, p. 1 - 9. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOtherOther

An evaluation of the environmental impacts and benefits of using alternative water supplies, and a proposed hierarchy of use

Henderson, C., Breen, P. & Wong, T. H. F., 2012, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design. Wong, T. & McCarthy, D. (eds.). Barton ACT Australia: Engineers Australia, p. 840 - 848 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Building a water sensitive city

Wong, T. H. F., Brown, R. R. & Breen, P. F., 2008, Ecocity World Summit 2008 Proceedings. United States: Ecocity Builders, p. 1 - 12 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review


2017 Excellence in Innovation Award

Maud Cassaignau (Recipient), Markus Jung (Recipient), Tony Hoong Fatt Wong (Recipient), Jianbin Wang (Recipient), Peter Francis Breen (Recipient) & Jonathan Shinkfield (Recipient), 24 May 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Contribution to conference

Dap_r Symposium

Markus Jung (Member of programme committee), Maud Cassaignau (Member of programme committee), Jonathan Shinkfield (Member of programme committee), Jianbin Wang (Member of programme committee), Tony Hoong Fatt Wong (Member of programme committee), Peter Francis Breen (Member of programme committee)
26 Sep 20176 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference