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Overview

Our goal is to educate students with the fundamentals of:

  • community and stakeholder engagement
  • land use
  • planning and property development
  • policy development
  • strategic and statutory planning
  • urban design.

Graduates from our discipline work in a wide range of planning and property positions within government, consultancy, industry, and community organisations.

Courses

Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning)

Lazarus Cinnabar grew up with fascination for cities, their natural environments and how they were created. His urban and regional planning degree at QUT helped him land a graduate position in Victorian Public Service Aboriginal Pathway Program.

Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Urban and Regional Planning)

Bachelor of Property Economics

"As a recipient of the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) Global Real Estate Scholarship I worked in QIC’s real estate business while studying and I found that the course material was directly linked to the work I was doing. QUT is renowned for bringing industry experience to the lecture theatre and for me this was a key reason for enrolling."

Daniel O'Driscoll

Bachelor of Property Economics

Our experts

Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Meet our experts

Professor Douglas Baker
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research field
Urban and Regional Planning
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Associate Professor Isil Erol
Position
Associate Professor Property
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research fields
Banking, Finance and Investment
Applied Economics
Other Built Environment and Design
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Associate Professor Karen Vella
Position
Associate Professor in Planning
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research field
Urban and Regional Planning
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Associate Professor Tan Yigitcanlar
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research field
Urban and Regional Planning
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Dr Andrea Blake
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research field
Commercial Services
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Dr Severine Mayere
Position
Deputy Student Ombudsman/Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research field
Urban and Regional Planning
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Dr Connie Susilawati
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research fields
Building
Applied Economics
Commercial Services
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Dr Jason Chia
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research fields
Building
Applied Economics
Civil Engineering
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Dr Paul Donehue
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research field
Other Built Environment and Design
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Dr Tanja Tyvimaa
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research fields
Building
Applied Economics
Other Built Environment and Design
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Dr Tracy Washington
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research fields
Other Built Environment and Design
Design Practice and Management
Urban and Regional Planning
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Mrs Mellini Sloan
Position
Lecturer Urban & Regional Planning
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
Research field
Urban and Regional Planning
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Research

Our staff are engaged in research, teaching, and professional practice across the built and natural environment sector. Our research themes consist of:

  • healthy cities
  • infrastructure and property market analysis
  • rural and regional communities.

We have strong national and international connections with the community, government agencies and the property and planning industry.

Our faculty embraces trans-disciplinary and diverse cultural approaches to research and teaching.

Healthy cities

  • affordable and sustainable housing
  • community planning and environments that promote healthy living
  • stakeholder engagement
  • responding to climate change.

Infrastructure and property market analysis

  • airport planning and development
  • transit-oriented development
  • real estate development, valuation and investment analysis
  • knowledge-based cities.

Rural and regional communities

  • rural land valuation
  • natural resource management and governance
  • peri-urban growth and regional planning.

Student topics

Airport planning and development

We offer opportunities to conduct research on regional and metropolitan airports both in Australia and internationally. Topics of research include:

  • airport master planning
  • efficiency of taxi systems
  • establishing more effective planning processes for regional airports.

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Climate change and disaster management

We offer research opportunities to future students interested in:

  • climate change adaptation
  • contemporary urban crises
  • green infrastructure
  • impacts of climate change, particularly disaster management
  • policy innovation
  • resource depletion.

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Governance, planning and natural resources

There are opportunities to undertake research surrounding governance, specifically relating to:

  • governance evaluation
  • natural resource management
  • planning governance.

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Property development and planning

We offer research opportunities to investigate aspects of property development, including:

  • agribusiness
  • development financing
  • feasibility analysis
  • housing affordability
  • infrastructure charges
  • natural disasters and property markets
  • property market analysis
  • property rights
  • property valuation
  • rural properties
  • stakeholder engagement and investment analysis
  • sustainable housing.

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Urban and regional planning

There are research opportunities to investigate urban and regional planning issues, including:

  • community development
  • cultural planning
  • economic development
  • gentrification
  • knowledge-based cities
  • land-use planning conflicts
  • physical and psychological health and the built environment
  • planning with Indigenous communities
  • transit oriented development.

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Projects

Assessing the human dimensions of the Great Barrier Reef: A Wet Tropics Region focus

Project leader

Associate Professor Karen Vella

Dates

2017-2018

Project summary

This report focuses on the trial of a regionally-specific framework to assess and monitor the human dimensions of the Wet Tropics Region and the adjacent section of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

To ensure GBR policy makers and managers better consider the needs of GBR- dependent communities and industries, the aim of this project is to develop a participatory approach to the assessment, monitoring and bench-marking of human dimensions of relevance to the region and to the GBR.

View the report here

Do ‘city shapers’ really support urban consolidation? The case of Brisbane, Australia

Project leader

Dr Severine Mayere

Dates

2016-2017

Project summary

Cities all over the world have activated policy support for urban consolidation in recent decades. Rationales for urban consolidation focus on its perceived ability to achieve sustainability goals, including decreased automobile dependence, increased social cohesion and greater walkability. Despite this, there are few international examples of urban consolidation policy implementation that has achieved its stated aims.

This paper explores the nature and character of perceptions of urban consolidation held by urban planners, developers, architects and local politicians. The perspectives held by these ‘city shapers’ are integral to urban consolidation debates and delivery, yet the nature and character of their specific views are underexplored in urban studies literature.

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The impact of governance on regional natural resource planning

Project leader

Professor Douglas Baker

Dates

2013-2016

Project summary

The management of natural resources in regional Australia is challenged by complex decision-making and poorly integrated planning systems at the federal, state and local levels.

This project will develop an evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness of planning and natural resource management governance at the regional scale.

Interdisciplinary and inter-institution projects

Intergenerational Park Design for Active and Engaged Communities, 2017-2019.

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From innovators to mainstream market: a toolkit for transforming Australian housing and maximising sustainability outcomes for stakeholders, 2013-2016.

Other projects

Coordinating Sustainable Airport Landside Growth within the Urban Fabric, with the Australian Technology Network of Universities and German Academic Exchange Service.

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