Dr Cécile van der Burgh

Cécile is a versatile campaigner and educator working for a nature-rich future. She studied human geography in the Netherlands and holds a PhD in conservation biology/social sciences from Charles Sturt University. For nearly twenty years, she has led a wide range of award-winning advocacy campaigns and collaborative initiatives protecting and celebrating nature across Australia. She is the director and co-founder of the Kids In Nature Network and Nature Play Week.

Born and raised in The Netherlands, Cécile spent a large part of her childhood playing outside. A few of her favourite things include exploring the world on foot and through music. She is passionate about giving everyone – especially young people – the opportunity to experience and look after special places, both locally and in the wider landscape.

Cécile’s PhD research explores the practice of connectivity conservation in Australia; a collaborative, networked approach to large-scale nature conservation and restoration. She is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, an alumnus of Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia (WELA), a recipient of the Mary Byles Award and a Milo Dunphy Award Finalist.

The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukit Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional custodians of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other First Nations and Elder members of our multicultural community.