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 holds an honorary position with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.
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.
Lee, K.E. & Kendal, D. (2018). Managing biodiversity through social values and preferences. In: A. Ossola & J. Niemelä (Eds), Urban biodiversity: From Research to Practice
. Routledge: London & New York.
Lee, K.E., Sargent, L.S. Williams, K.J.H., Johnson, K.A., & Williams, N.S.G. (2017). Green micro-breaks: Viewing workplace nature improves mood and performance. In Guclu Atinc (Ed.), Proceedings of the Seventy-seventh Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.
Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management.
Professional Member 2015 - 2016
International Association of Applied Psychology.
Member 2010 - 2015