David Kennedy (Australia)

Drones, SCUBA diving and participatory research are fundamental techniques that David Kennedy uses for understanding coastal landforms and their associated hazards. David’s key research questions focus on the dynamics of beaches and rocky coasts and how their physical form affects waves and their response to changing climates. He is currently Director of the Office for Environmental Programs at The University of Melbourne.

Industry and academic collaborations are key to David’s research with projects currently being conducted with Surf Life Saving Australia, CSIRO, and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning in association with academic partners such as Deakin University. His research was awarded a 2018 Victorian Coastal Council award for Outstanding Research Partnerships. Having grown up on the beaches of Sydney, David was an active patrolling member of North Steyne and Windang SLSA clubs, he finds it a privilege every day to be able to use science to solve the pressing issues of safety on our coast.