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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

Lecturer in Urban Planning
8344 8743
Room: 520, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning
9035 7580
Room: 401, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Foundation Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute
9035 8235
Room: 304, Melbourne School of Design Building
Professor of Urban Planning
8344 7055
Room: 617, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning
8344 6976
Room: 510, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
8344 6551
Room: 522, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Associate Professor in Urban Planning
8344 7077
Room: 624, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning
8344 7596
Room: 630, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Strategic Implementation Coordinator of AURIN
9035 4379
Room: 20 , Alice Hoy Building, Parkville
Director of the Australian Urban research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)
9035 4165
Room: 22, Alice Hoy Building, Parkville
Lecturer in Transport Planning
8344 6453
Room: 413, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow
9035 9897
Room: 446, Melbourne School of Design Building
Chair of Urban Planning
8344 3031
Room: 515B, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville
Professor in Urban Planning
8344 5532
Room: 414, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville