Dr Tony Matthews
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
- Dr Matthews is an active and ambitious early career researcher. He works within the Property & Planning discipline, School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, at Queensland University of Technology.
- Dr Matthews was awarded his PhD in 2014. He won a prestigious international scholarship to undertake doctoral research at the Urban Research Program, Griffith University. His doctoral research was funded through a CSIRO scholarship is a component element of the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ-CARI).
- His research in Urban & Regional Planning focuses on developing planning-led responses to climate change adaptation, particularly at local and regional scales. It reports on how adaptation can be main-streamed into existing plans, policies, regulations and frameworks to ensure that public and private property is better adapted to future climate change impacts. He also contributes to scholarship focused on community-led regeneration, the influence of cultures on planning activities, urban design and green infrastructure.
- Dr Matthews has published numerous peer reviewed articles, as well as other research monographs, consultancy reports and reviews of academic texts. His research publications are regularly cited in international literature. He is currently working on a suite of sole and co-authored publications and currently has a significant volume of papers under review or in development.
- Dr Matthews is regularly invited to speak at international and domestic conferences, as well as at other professional and community events. He has presented at international conferences including the Association of American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference 2014, The Ninth International Conference on Cultural, Economic and Cultural Sustainability 2013, World Planning Schools Congress 2011, the State of Australian Cities 2011 and the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (2011, 2012). Dr Matthews has also appeared on television offering expert opinion on urban and regional development.
- Dr Matthews is very active in the research funding space. He is a named Chief Investigator on grant applications to the ARC, CSIRO, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Centre for Emergency and Disaster Management.
Awards & Distinctions
- State Chair (Qld) of the Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN).
- Peer reviewer for Urban Policy and Research, Planning Theory and Practice and the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.
- Winner of the 2013 Graduate Scholar Award at the Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability.
- Nominee for the Peter Harrison Prize (PhD Scholar Category) at the State of Australian Cities Conference 2011.
- Founder member of the Shandon Area Renewal Association (SARA), a voluntary community organisation which seeks to promote sustainability, positive planning, tourism, aesthetic design and positive community and business relations through coordinated stakeholder participation.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University)
- Masters in Planning and Sustainable Development (University College Cork(UCC))
Professional memberships and associations
- Chartered Member (MRTPI) - Royal Town Planning Institute
- Queensland ECR Chair - Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network.
- Member - South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative.
- Member - Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools.
- Member - State of Australian Cities Research Network.
- Dr Matthews has over 10 years of teaching experience in the university and adult education sectors. He has written and convened courses; delivered lectures, tutorials and workshops; produced innovative, multi-media teaching materials; set and marked exams and course work assessments; and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- In 2015, Dr Matthews has teaching involvement in: USB100 - Understanding the Built Environment (Coordinator - Sem 1); UDB473 (Lecturer/Tutor - Sem 1); UXB133 - Urban Studies (Coordinator - Sem 2); UDB475 - Regional and Metropolitan Policy (Coordinator - Sem 2); USB344 (Coordinator - Sem 2).
- In addition to QUT, Tony has taught at Griffith University, University College Cork, Cork College of Commerce and St. John's Central College.
- Grant-Smith D, Matthews T, (2015) Cork as canvas: exploring intersections of citizenship and collective memory in the Shandon Big Wash Up murals, Community Development Journal, 50 (1), pp. 138-152.
- Matthews T, (2015) Storylines of institutional responses to climate change as a transformative stressor: the case of regional planning in South East Queensland, Australia, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 33 (5), pp. 1092-1107.
- Matthews T, (2013) Institutional perspectives on operationalising climate adaptation through planning, Planning Theory and Practice, 14 (2), pp. 198-210.
- Matthews T, (2012) Heat islands: understanding and mitigating heat in urban areas [Book review], Australian Planner, 49 (4), pp. 363-364.
- Matthews T, (2012) Responding to climate change as a transformative stressor through metro-regional planning, Local Environment, 17 (10), pp. 1089-1103.
- Matthews T, (2011) Spatial planning and climate change [Book review], Australian Planner, 48 (4), pp. 321-322.
- Matthews T, (2011) Operationalising climate adaptation through institutional change: Conceptual and empirical insights, Proceedings of the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, pp. 1-18.
- Matthews T, (2011) Responding to a transformative stressor: climate change and the institutional governance of Australian cities, Proceedings of the 5th State of Australian Cities Conference, pp. 1-10.
- Matthews T, (2011) Climate change adaptation in urban systems: Strategies for planning regimes [Urban Research Program, Research Paper 32].