Professor Anne Steinemann

Research Interests

  • Buildings and Health
  • Consumer Product Emissions
  • Drought Indicators
  • Hazard Reduction
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Tropics and Sustainability

Personal webpage


Anne Steinemann is Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is internationally recognised for her research in areas of engineering and sustainability, such as healthy built environments, consumer product emissions, and drought management. Professor Steinemann serves as adviser to governments and industries around the world, and has directed more than $24 million in competitive research funding. Her work has resulted in new federal and state legislation, agency policies, and industry practices. Professor Steinemann received the US National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the highest teaching awards at the college, university, and national levels. An interdisciplinary scholar, she has published articles in leading journals in engineering, sciences, policy, and public health, as well as two textbooks: Microeconomics for Public Decisions, and Exposure Analysis. In addition to academic recognition, Professor Steinemann's research and journal articles have received significant international media coverage, spanning more than 1,000 major newspapers, magazines, and broadcast stations across six continents. Professor Steinemann's previous positions include Program Manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Water Center, at the University of Washington; and Associate Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was also Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Florida Institute of Technology, and Linköping University in Sweden. Dr. Steinemann received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. personal website:

Recent Publications

  1. Steinemann A. Health and societal effects from exposure to fragranced consumer products. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2017, Vol. 5.
  2. Steinemann A. Ten questions concerning air fresheners and indoor built environments. Building and Environment. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 111.
  3. Steinemann A, Wargocki P, Rismanchi B. Ten questions concerning green buildings and indoor air quality. BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENT. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 112.
  4. Steinemann A. Comment on "An Informatics Approach to Evaluating Combined Chemical Exposures from Consumer Products: A Case Study of Asthma-Associated Chemicals and Potential Endocrine Disruptors". ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES. US Department of Health and Human Services. 2016, Vol. 124, Issue 9.
  5. Steinemann A. Fragranced consumer products: exposures and effects from emissions. AIR QUALITY ATMOSPHERE AND HEALTH. Springer. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 8.
  6. Shukla S, Steinemann A, Iacobellis SF, Cayan DR. Annual Drought in California: Association with Monthly Precipitation and Climate Phases. JOURNAL OF APPLIED METEOROLOGY AND CLIMATOLOGY. American Meteorological Society. 2015, Vol. 54, Issue 11.
  7. Steinemann A, Iacobellis SF, Cayan DR. Developing and Evaluating Drought Indicators for Decision-Making. JOURNAL OF HYDROMETEOROLOGY. American Meteorological Society. 2015, Vol. 16, Issue 4.
  8. Sealey LA, Hughes BW, Steinemann A, Pestaner JP, Pace DG, Bagasra O. Environmental factors may contribute to autism development and male bias: Effects of fragrances on developing neurons. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH. Academic Press. 2015, Vol. 142.
  9. Steinemann A. Volatile emissions from common consumer products. AIR QUALITY ATMOSPHERE AND HEALTH. Springer. 2015, Vol. 8, Issue 3.
  10. Steinemann A. Drought Information for Improving Preparedness in the Western States. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY. American Meteorological Society. 2014, Vol. 95, Issue 6.
  11. Fontaine MM, Steinemann A, Hayes MJ. State Drought Programs and Plans: Survey of the Western United States. NATURAL HAZARDS REVIEW. ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers. 2014, Vol. 15, Issue 1.
  12. Steinemann A, Gallagher LG, Davis AL, MacGregor IC. Chemical emissions from residential dryer vents during use of fragranced laundry products. AIR QUALITY ATMOSPHERE AND HEALTH. Springer. 2013, Vol. 6, Issue 1.
  13. Rosenberg EA, Wood AW, Steinemann A. Informing Hydrometric Network Design for Statistical Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts. JOURNAL OF HYDROMETEOROLOGY. American Meteorological Society. 2013, Vol. 14, Issue 5.
  14. Rosenberg EA, Clark EA, Steinemann A, Lettenmaier DP. On the contribution of groundwater storage to interannual streamflow anomalies in the Colorado River basin. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2013, Vol. 17, Issue 4.
  15. Shukla S, Steinemann A, Lettenmaier DP. Drought Monitoring for Washington State: Indicators and Applications. JOURNAL OF HYDROMETEOROLOGY. American Meteorological Society. 2011, Vol. 12, Issue 1.

Anne Steinemann

Level: 03 Room: C315
Engineering Block C, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

T: 8344 5001

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