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Svenja is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Her research engages with the geographical political and cultural economies of climate change adaptation and related challenges including disaster resilience and energy transitions. She is particularly interested in the way government, business and expertise interact to shape policy choices and create new frontiers for investment and innovation. These interactions are evident in a wide range of situations including the climate services industry, new carbon and climate risk disclosure regimes, climate finance pathways and green financial instruments, smart city technologies and environmental analytics. Svenja draws on both qualitative and quantitative social science methodologies, with a focus on spatial processes and inequalities.

Svenja joins Monash University from the University of Melbourne, where she completed her doctoral research at the School of Geography investigating the emergence and influence of climate consulting on adaptation governance. She has also held postdoctoral positions at the Australian-Germany Energy Transition Hub with a joint University of Melbourne-RMIT project analysing governance, equity and privacy issues associated with the deployment of smart metering technology, and at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute where she worked with Professor Lars Coenen and collaborated with Resilient Melbourne to investigate the role of the private sector in building urban resilience. She has partnered with the Lloyds Register Foundation and Arup on The Resilience Shift to investigate policy tools for embedding resilience in critical infrastructure, and the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government on developing long term objectives for climate adaptation.

Svenja also has over a decade’s professional experience in government and consulting in Australia and abroad. She has advised the public and private sectors extensively in environmental policy, management and approvals; sustainability strategies and rating tools; corporate sustainability and ethical investing; as well as climate change and energy efficiency. Her professional experience spans diverse sectors including property development, energy generation/distribution (including renewables), transportation infrastructure, catchment management and urban water systems, community services and social housing, the banking and financial sector, mining and others.

Monash teaching commitment

APG5122 Corporate Sustainability

ENS5020 Perspectives on Sustainability

Supervision interests

Climate consulting in Australia and internationally

Climate science and advisory services

Climate finance and experiments in green finance

Carbon and climate risk assessment and disclosure

Climate analytics and information justice

Business and climate change / disaster resilience

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Melbourne

Masters of Environment, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • climate adaptation
  • climate consulting
  • carbon finance
  • green financial instruments
  • urban resilience
  • disaster resilience
  • environmental analytics
  • climate risk disclosure
  • geographies of marketisation
  • cultural and political economy


Smart metering, energy governance and data privacy

Chandrashekeran, S., Kallies, A., Godden, L. C. & Keele, S.

Project: Research

Research Output

Consultants and the business of climate services: implications of shifting from public to private science

Keele, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Climatic Change. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

The role of public policy in enhancing critical infrastructure resilience

Keele, S., 2019

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Open Access

The smart meter promise: A review of smart meter deployment challenges in Australia and Germany

Kallies, A., Chandrashekeran, S., Keele, S. & Godden, L., 2019, Energy Transition Hub, University of Melbourne.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Australian Smart Meter Experience: Summary of Resources

Keele, S., Chandrashekeran, S., Godden, L. & Kallies, A., 2018

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Review of 'Neoliberal capitalism and precarious work: Ethnographies of accommodation and resistance'

Keele, S., 2018, Geographical Research, 56, 1.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationShort ReviewOther


Annual Award for Post‐Doctoral Scholars

Keele, Svenja (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

J.J. Woods Memorial Scholarship

Keele, Svenja (Recipient), 2003

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Sustainability Leaders Fellowship

Keele, Svenja (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Webber Doctoral Prize in Geography

Keele, Svenja (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

What next after 100 Resilient Cities funding ends?

Sebastian Fastenrath, Michele Acuto, Lars Coenen & Svenja Keele


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Sharing your meter data might help cut your power bill, but it needs secure regulation

Sangeetha Chandrashekeran, Anne Kallies, Lee Godden & Svenja Keele


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment