Melanie is a PhD scholar at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University and was awarded the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. She started her doctorate in March 2018 under the supervision of Professor James Pittock, Professor Mark Howden, Professor Frank Jotzo and Dr Koko Warner.
Melanie subsequently received the ANU Climate Change Institute’s supplementary scholarship in August 2018 for her interdisciplinary research focus and significance of loss and damage in the international discourse.
Her research topic explores on financing loss and damage from climate change in small island developing states with the aim to develop a financing management framework that incorporates all aspects related to loss and damage. These include sudden and slow onset events, economic and non-economic losses as well as implications for displaced people due to climate change related weather events.
Melanie holds an Honour’s degree in Economics and English Studies from the University of Wuppertal, Germany. Her thesis looked at the evaluating of power plants with a real options approach in the energy sector, identifying more efficient ways to operate power plants and secure energy supply.
In 2016, Melanie obtained her Masters degree in Environmental Management and Development from the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. In her studies she focused on international relations and climate change.
She continued to be a research assistant at ANU and undertook research on National Determined Contributions pledged by countries with respect to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and the potential impact on the global climate change trajectory if not fulfilled.
She provided consultancy services to an indigenous organisation in Queensland by conducting a contingent valuation survey for the protection of the endangered wetlands and turtle population.
To date, Melanie has been working for various environmental government departments, where she developed policies and strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
In the Department of the Environment and Energy, Melanie worked on the implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and the global HFC phase-down.
She also developed and provided policy advice in the Energy Efficiency and Security Division with the aim of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the commercial buildings sector. Her work encompassed advancing domestic policy such as the National Energy Productivity plan and the National Construction Code. She was further involved in the work of the International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Program “Energy in Buildings and Communities”.