Jessie Briggs

Research Fellow in Urban Sustainability


Jessie is a Research Fellow in Urban Sustainability whose current research focuses on how cities can practically embed and prioritise the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their strategic planning frameworks. She holds a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne and an environmental social science undergraduate degree from RMIT University. Her Masters thesis explored the enabling attributes, implicit frameworks, and divergent academic and operational understandings of urban socio-ecological resilience.

Jessie has previously worked for Australian Red Cross as part of the Emergency Services team as well as Thrive  – a research hub dedicated to industry-relevant research on design and innovation for sustainable, thriving built environments. She has been a contributing author of articles published in Cities, Urban Climate and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research on a range of subjects such as the relationship between urban sustainability and resilience, the emergence of the Climate Emergency movement, and the role of benchmarking in the urban comparative imagination.

In addition to urban sustainability and resilience, Jessie is interested in sustainable urban transitions and its intersections with climate-environmental justice at the community scale, as well as the role the academic-practitioner relationship plays in addressing broader urban issues.

Featured projects

SDGs for Melbourne

The Comparative Imagination

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