Dr. Sreetheran Maruthaveeran is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).
He was a researcher at the Urban Forestry and Landscape Unit, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) for 13 years before joining the academia.
He also has served as an editor at the Textbook Department at the Institute of Language and Literature, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP).
Sreetheran obtained his PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in Landscape Architecture and Planning under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosh. His research falls into a number of themes such as environmental behaviour, landscape visualisation, urban greening, urban forestry and arboriculture.
His PhD work was on “fear of crime in urban parks in Kuala Lumpur”.
He is also keen in using visualization methods in his research. Sreetheran has been involved in a range of international networking and project activities.
One of the highlight is the collaboration project between the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL) and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark since 2007.
The project entitled “Multipurpose Forestry in a Changing Society” has been funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).
Apart from the research, consultation projects particularly from the urban forestry and arboricultural perspectives such as tree risk assessment and inventory at golf courses, embassies and botanical gardens have also been conducted by him.
Sreetheran has produced about 70 publications, including books, reviewed proceedings, journals and popular writing. He has two books to his credit namely Hazardous Trees (2009) and Seni Tanaman Hiasan Dalaman (2015).
He has also vast experience as a reviewer for several journals such as Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Tropical Forest Science, Forest Science and Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.
He has reviewed several conference proceedings and school textbook at the national level.
Sreetheran currently holds the position as the Deputy Coordinator for the Urban Forestry Section (6.07.00) under the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Austria. He is also a Certified Arborist under the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), USA since 2007.