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Our team

Dr Susie Moloney Executive Director

Susie Moloney is the Executive Director, Centre for Just Places. Before joining Jesuit Social Services, Susie was Associate Professor in Sustainability and Urban Planning in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies and the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. She brings over twenty years of experience working across a wide range of research and policy projects focusing on social change and local empowerment processes, environmental and climate justice issues. Susie is committed to working collaboratively and inclusively with a range of partners and communities to support and co-design solutions that strengthen place-based capabilities and resilience and address the systemic drivers of disadvantage and vulnerability.

Dr Haydie Gooder, Research and Partnerships Manager

Haydie Gooder is the Manager of Research and Partnerships, Centre for Just Places at Jesuit Social Services. With a PhD in Geography, Haydie has worked for over twenty-five years in interdisciplinary teams across university and community settings on research projects addressing social and environmental inequities, practices of decolonisation, place-based community building, and climate change adaptation. She has run a professional editing business since 2009, engaging with a range of contemporary research across the social sciences and arts. Haydie brings this eye for detail and skills in communication and research translation, along with her wide research experience and commitment to collaborative, grounded research and advocacy, to her position at the Centre for Just Places.

Katrina Dunn, Climate Change and Community Resilience Project Co-ordinator

Katrina joined the Centre for Just Places in 2021, bringing experience in social and environmental policy research and project implementation to the role. Katrina has coordinated and contributed to a range of projects with the public and third-sector – from climate change adaptation to energy affordability. Katrina has a particular interest in the capacity of individuals and communities to develop locally responsive solutions to complex problems. Katrina continues to learn and develop her skills, and is passionate about research, action, and advocacy engaging with climate justice. Katrina has a Masters of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – Politics and International Studies).

Jack Piper, Ecological Justice Project Officer

Jack is an Ecological Justice Project Officer at Jesuit Social Services’ Centre for Just Places. He grew up on four different continents, everywhere witnessing the interconnectedness of social and environmental injustice. This has taken him on a journey from approaching our ecological crisis as a physical problem requiring technical solutions, supporting research and business development in recycling and climate-smart agriculture, to understanding the social drivers of vulnerability and the need for systemic, transformative change. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Environment and is passionate about connecting with and building the capacity of the community sector, local governments and communities to ensure the most marginalised are prioritised in building a just society.

Dr Melek Bayram, Economic Analyst and Advisor

Melek Cigdem-Bayram is an Economic Analyst and Advisor in the Centre for Just Places. She is also a Senior Research Associate at RMIT University where she conducts housing-related research funded by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). Melek’s previous academic appointments include a Research Fellowship at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne, and a Policy Advisor at Infrastructure Victoria. She holds a PhD in Economics from Latrobe University. Melek brings over fifteen years of research experience in modelling the outcomes of low-income households with respect to housing, inter-generational transfer of wealth and employment participation and evaluating place-base initiatives. She also has an acute interest in understanding the prevalence of inter-generational transmission of disadvantage in Australia and identifying pathways to success for younger cohorts who are exposed to area-level disadvantage.

Dr Thea Hewitt, Project Officer

Thea is a committed social research professional with experience across a range of social science research methods. She has worked in research roles alongside a range of community and non-government organisations, and local government. She has a passion for research that engages with diverse communities and a commitment to understanding and improving community experiences. Thea holds a PhD in Geography, her research project focused on the role of non-state organisations in refugee settlement and explored themes of citizenship and Feminist care ethics.