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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

Construction Management

Coordinate and supervise the construction of large building projects. This course is highly ranked in Australia and internationally. Undertake professional practice before you graduate.

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Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering

Provide advice on the financial and legal aspects of construction and buildings. Undertake field trips and site visits, and receive professional accreditation to graduate job ready.

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Urban and Regional Planning

Plan large-scale projects such as cities, ports and recreational areas. You'll be prepared for your career through projects with government, developers and community groups.

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

Project leader

Associate Professor Karen Vella



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.

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

Project leader

Dr Severine Mayere



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



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.

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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