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I am a Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. My research looks at the changing role for the private sector in how we govern complex environmental problems like climate change adaptation, urban resilience and energy transitions. This is motivated by a longstanding commitment to improve the social and environmental accountability of business activities and to collaborate with them in meeting the challenges of global environmental change. I am particularly interested in the way government, markets and expertise interact to shape policy choices and create new frontiers for investment, with direct impacts on communities and their environments. My current research program has three inter-related themes. The first is to investigate the influence of private sector experts, ie consultants, in climate change adaptation. The second considers the ways in which the private sector can contribute to, or impede, building urban resilience. The third tracks the greening of finance to solve socio-ecological challenges. Prior to my return to academia, I held professional roles in environmental consulting and local government.

Research area keywords

  • climate adaptation
  • consultants
  • climate finance
  • green finance
  • urban resilience
  • corporate sustainability

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Research Output 2017 2019

  • 1 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Short Review
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

The role of public policy in enhancing critical infrastructure resilience

Keele, S., 2019

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

Open Access

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

Framing Sustainable Urban Water Management: A Critical Analysis of Theory and Practice

Hurlimann, A., Wilson, E. & Keele, S., 2017, Urban Water Trajectories. Bell, S., Allen, A., Hofmann, P. & Teh, T-H. (eds.). 1 ed. Switzerland: Springer, p. 53-68 16 p. (Future City; vol. 6).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Annual Award for Post‐Doctoral Scholars

Svenja Keele (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

J.J. Woods Memorial Scholarship

Svenja Keele (Recipient), 2003

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Sustainability Leaders Fellowship

Svenja Keele (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Teaching Excellence Award - Geography

Svenja Keele (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Teaching Excellence Award - Geography

Svenja Keele (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)