DR Kate Lee

DR Kate Lee




  • Dr. Kate Lee is a Research Fellow in the Clean Air and Urban Landscape (CAUL) hub of the National Environmental Science Program. Her work examines: 1) how to design urban green space to enhance health and wellbeing by looking at the green space characteristics and psychological mechanisms underlying these benefits, and 2) how to design work environments, work days, and work practices in ways that help employees to be happy, engaged, and productive. Her recent work has examined how flexible work arrangements operate in large Australian organisations, and the role of micro-breaks and green roof views in boosting concentration and performance by helping employees recover from stressful work demands. Her cross-disciplinary research spans environmental, industrial/organizational, and cognitive psychology, and urban design.
    Kate’s work has been featured in media outlets including the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Australian Financial Review, ABC Radio, and 3AW.   


Member of

  • International Association for People-Environment Studies. Member 2016 - 2019
  • International Association of Applied Psychology. Member 2010 - 2018
  • Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management. Professional Member 2015 - 2016


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2015
  • BPsySc, The University of Queensland 2007

Awards and honors

  • Social Networks and Urban Green Spaces, Melbourne Networked Society Institute, 2016
  • Best Paper Award- Organisational Behaviour Stream, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management, 2015
  • Best Presentation Award- Division 4 Environmental Psychology, International Association of Applied Psychology, 2014
  • City green roof views boost attention, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, 2014
  • Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2013
  • Does viewing living roofs improve performance, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia, 2012
  • 2011, 2013, 2014, Frank Keenan Trust, 2011
  • Cassandra McLean Memorial Scholarship 2010-2013, CYBEC, 2010


Available for supervision

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