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Urban Planning

About Urban Planning

Urban Planning promotes the establishment of economically viable, socially just, environmentally sustainable, and safe and healthy human settlements. It has never been more timely than now, as we adapt to global changes that impact our cities. 

Our teaching and research deal with challenges such as climate change, deepening inequality often associated with diminished local democracy and the rise of community advocacy, growing concerns for community health and safety, and the emergence of global city-regions that require innovations in governance and planning.

Our curriculum and research activity reflects the importance of interdisciplinary learning in this complex field of endeavour, the importance of the task of communicating strong research on policy and practice, and critical enquiry backed by sound analytical method.

Our students are encouraged to develop high quality skills in theoretical and applied knowledge, engage with key contemporary planning ideals, ethics and debates, and to undertake supervised and self-directed learning, as part of their preparation for urban planning careers in Australia and internationally.

Programs in Urban Planning

Undergraduate Urban Design

Undergraduate study in Urban Planning is taught through the Bachelor of Environments in the Urban Design and Planning major.

Studies in urban design and planning are naturally interconnected and multi-disciplinary.

These professions are actively engaged with some of the pressing issues of our time, including dealing with the impact of climate changes, sustainable resourcing challenges, and the pressures of increased urbanisation.  Together they explore the design and planning of public and private spaces, focusing on the importance of design and planning within the social, environmental, aesthetic and economic contexts.

Urban design is the art of making places, and is a collaborative process which shapes the physical setting for life in urban areas.

Urban planning focuses on the intersection of the built environment and the public interest.

Urban planners work to positively influence environmental sustainability, economic resilience and social equity in cities and towns.  Urban designers examine the design of buildings and groups of buildings, spaces and landscapes, including the frameworks and processes that facilitate successful development of these cities and towns.

These are broad and challenging disciplines that benefit from vision and innovation and can lead to globally influential careers.

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Graduate Programs in Urban Planning

Introductory paragraph about the graduate urban planning program and opportunities in graduate urban planning research

Urban Planning Staff

Name Title Discipline Contact
Dr Jennifer Day Lecturer in Urban Planning Urban Planning 8344 8743
jday@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 520, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Dr Ole Fryd Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning Urban Planning 9035 7580
ole.fryd@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 401, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Professor Brendan Gleeson Foundation Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Urban Planning 9035 8235
brendan.gleeson@unimelb.edu.au
Room: S31, Alice Hoy Building
Professor Sun Sheng Han Professor of Urban Planning Urban Planning 8344 7055
sshan@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 617, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Dr Anna Hurlimann Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning Urban Planning 8344 6976
anna.hurlimann@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 510, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Professor Nicholas Low Professor Urban Planning 8344 6551
npl@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 522, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
A/Prof Alan March Associate Professor in Urban Planning Urban Planning 8344 7077
alanpm@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 624, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Dr David Nichols Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning Urban Planning 8344 7596
nicholsd@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 630, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
A/Prof Chris Pettit Strategic Implementation Coordinator of AURIN Urban Planning 9035 4379
cpettit@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 20 , Alice Hoy Building, Parkville
Professor Bob Stimson Director of the Australian Urban research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) Urban Planning 9035 4165
rstimson@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 22, Alice Hoy Building, Parkville
Dr John Stone Lecturer in Transport Planning Urban Planning 8344 6453
stoneja@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 413, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Dr Elizabeth Taylor McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow Urban Planning 9035 9897
taylor.e@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 503, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Professor Richard Tomlinson Chair of Urban Planning Urban Planning 8344 3031
rht@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 515B, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Professor Carolyn Whitzman Professor in Urban Planning Urban Planning 8344 5532
whitzman@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 414, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville