Diversity and inclusion

The School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive, and equitable environment for all staff, students and visitors.

Our goals

We value diversity as a central component of workplace wellness and success. It cuts across our core areas of research, engagement, and teaching and learning. As part of this work, we aim to celebrate diversity and support equity and inclusion. As a starting point, our School identifies diversity across five key pillars:

  1. Women in science
  2. Indigenous research, engagement and inclusion
  3. LGBTQIA+ inclusion
  4. Supporting staff living with disability or illness
  5. Cultural diversity.

In SGEAS we aim to be a supportive, inclusive and accessible environment across all five pillars, but we recognise there is work still to be done.

We play important roles as expert advisers on some of Earth’s greatest challenges: climate change and severe weather, disaster risks, indigenous culture and landscape preservation, energy and resource sustainability, and environmental policy and decision-making. We focus on a range of issues beyond the natural environment as well, including migration and mobility, and the dynamics and cultural politics of urban space. Our focus on diversity is grounded in our endeavour to ensure we are best placed to address these and other multi-disciplinary issues and serve diverse national and global communities.

The SGEAS Equity and Diversity Committee

2021 Committee members

  • Vanessa Lamb (Chair)
  • Andrew King (Deputy)
  • Michael-Shawn Fletcher
  • Peter Rayner
  • Ariane Utomo
  • Agathe Lisa-Pronovost
  • Stacy Hitchcock
  • Diego Carrio Carrio
  • Gillian Gregory
  • Pia Treichel (PhD in Geography Student representative)
  • Ruby Evangeline Lieber (PhD in Earth Sciences student representative)
head shots of vanessa lamb (left) and andrew king (right)
Vanessa Lamb (left) and Andrew King (right)

Getting support

To report issues of discrimination, sexual harassment or bullying:

Wellbeing resources

The University of Melbourne Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides free, confidential, short-term professional counselling to currently enrolled students and staff. For students, CAPS also offers free workshops on a range of personal development, mental health and wellbeing issues each semester. Their student workshop page is updated regularly with additional events.

Melbourne University Sport has a range of resources available to help staff and students stay active during the COVID 19 pandemic.