Alexei Trundle

Future Cities Research Cluster

Alexei is based at the University of Melbourne's Connected Cities Lab as a Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development, and coordinates the Future Cities Research Cluster at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. His current research focuses on how cities can best contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as urban climate resilience and adaptation planning in Pacific Small Island Developing States.

Formerly employed at RMIT University's Global Cities Research Institute, Alexei has managed a range of climate change adaptation research projects across the Asia-Pacific region and held a research associate position with the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme. He led development of an Urban Resilience and Climate Adaptation Plan for Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, and Port Vila, Vanuatu, and have an ongoing interest in the development of integrated climate change adaptation methodologies.

He is a Scientific Advisor to the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative in the Pacific region, and was previously a Visiting Scientist at the United Nations University in Bonn, Germany. Alexei's PhD was based at the Australian-German Climate & Energy College, at the University of Melbourne, and examined how informal settlements in Pacific Small Island Developing States interacted with Climate Resilient Development initiatives in post-disaster settings.

Selected Research Publications:

Trundle, A. (2020), ‘Resilient Cities in a Sea of Islands: Informality and Climate Change in the South Pacific’, Cities, 97(102496)

McEvoy, D., Mitchell, D. & Trundle, A. (2020), ‘Land tenure and urban climate resilience in the South Pacific’, Climate and Development, 12(1) pp. 1-11

Komugabe-Dixson, A., de Ville, N., Trundle, A. & McEvoy, D. (2019), ‘Urbanisation, environmental change, and socio-ecological resilience in the Pacific: community narratives from Port Vila, Vanuatu’. Ecosystem Services (39)

Trundle, A., Barth, B. & McEvoy, D. (2019), ‘Leveraging endogenous climate resilience: urban adaptation in Pacific Small Island Developing States’ Environment and Urbanization, 31(1) pp. 53-74

Kautto, N., Trundle, A. & McEvoy, D. (2018), ‘Climate adaptation planning in the higher education sector’, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 19(7) pp. 1259-1278

Recent Media & Public Presentations:

Endogenous Climate Resilience – Informality in the Pacific's Small Island Cities, Public Seminar 19 November 2019, University of Melbourne

Uncommon Sense’ Toby Halligan, 23 April 2019, Three Triple R Radio, Melbourne, Australia.

Trundle, A. & McEvoy, D. (2019) ‘Pacific island cities call for a rethink of climate resilience for the most vulnerable’, The Conversation, 15 April 2019.

Trundle, A., Stephan, A., Henderson, H., Kamalipour, H., Lowe, M. (2016), ‘Habitat III is over, but will its New Urban Agenda transform the world’s cities?’, The Conversation.

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