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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.

Real graduates

"I chose to study urban development as I've always been intrigued by the complex methodology and mass scale of construction. QUT taught me that opportunities will always be available if you work hard and are open to them."

Rachel Mawn - Bachelor of Urban Development


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

We have strong 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.

We have ongoing engagement in research with a number of international partners.


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.

Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours)

Gain experience in a highly practical course that mirrors the emerging trends of the industry. Study construction management, quantity surveying and cost engineering, or urban and regional planning.

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Graduate Certificate in Project Management

If you want to develop specialised knowledge and skills to constructively project manage a diverse range of projects in a diverse range of industries, then this is the course for you.

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The impact of governance on regional natural resource planning

Project leader

Professor Douglas Baker



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.

Identifying policy synergies between environmental, economic and social policies for a low-carbon economy and sustainable prosperity

Project leader

Professor Greg Marston



Project summary

This project aims to identify policy synergies between environmental, economic and social policies that can move Australia toward a low carbon economy and model of sustainable prosperity. The project plans to place questions about poverty, transport and urban planning at the heart of examining how developed nations can move past a high carbon model of economic growth and city planning.

Interdisciplinary and inter-institution projects

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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Our topics

Are you looking to study at a higher or more detailed level? We are currently looking for students to research topics at a variety of study levels, including PhD, Masters, Honours or the Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES).

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Our experts

We host an expert team of researchers and teaching staff, including Head of School and discipline leaders. Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

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