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Overview

Our discipline combines property economics and planning to bring together skills and experience in law, economics, planning and governance.

Our staff provide research leadership both nationally and internationally through competitive research grants, industry-focused Cooperative Research Centers, research joint ventures and commercial research consultancies.

Our students go on to provide meaningful property advice or plan the sustainable developments of tomorrow.

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.

Associate Professor Karen Vella
Discipline Leader, Property and Planning

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 Johari Hussein Nassor Amar
Position
Lecturer in Property
Division / Faculty
Property and Planning,
School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment
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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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Research

Research is at the core of our discipline as we deliver a wide range of research output, both academic and industry facing.

We support industry, professional associations and the community to tackle complex urban and regional problems through service consultancies, evidence-based advocacy and advisory board roles.

Property

Our research ranges from property finance through the development of land and properties, to the housing economics and real estate capital markets with a focus on the real estate investment trust (REIT) market.

Planning

Our research specialises in transportation and land use planning, smart cities, urban and regional planning evaluation, major infrastructure planning, environmental decision making, supply chain governance, stakeholder engagement, and collective action.

Infrastructure for sustainable communities

Members of our discipline provide leadership to the Infrastructure for sustainable communities research theme at the Institute of Future Environments.

Their research tackles the grand economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world this century by addressing real-world challenges in the infrastructure sector.

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Transforming innovation systems

Members of our discipline provide leadership to the Transforming innovation systems enabling platform at the Institute of Future Environments.

This platform addresses real-world challenges by investigating how to transform innovation systems by introducing new technologies, techniques and systems.

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Projects

Here are some of the projects we are currently working on to tackle real world problems:

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program - Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement Plan

Project leader

Associate Professor Karen Vella

Dates

2017 - Ongoing

Project summary

The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) brings together the best minds in science and technology including:

  • Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
  • CSIRO
  • James Cook University
  • The University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

The Program aims to create a suite of innovative and targeted measures that can be used for large-scale reef restoration and adaptation, to help the Reef help itself.

Within the program, the Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement Project will develop an understanding of stakeholder attitudes toward large-scale restoration and adaptation options in the reef.  It will also establish options for community and stakeholder engagement in the design, deployment and evaluation of reef restoration and adaptation technology.

Visit the The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program page (external)

The Making of Smart Cities: Strategising the Smart City Transformation of Florianopolis, Brazil

Project leader

Associate Professor Tan Yigitcanlar

Dates

2018-2019

Project summary

This international project aims to provide a comprehensive understanding on the making of smart cities and to inform urban policymaking processes of Florianopolis for a successful smart city transformation.

Funded by the State Government of Santa Catarina, Municipality of Florianopolis and Federation of Commerce of Goods Services and Tourism, this project:

  • Generates insights into the making of smart cities by examining the literature and policy documents of over two-dozen best practice smart city cases.
  • Scrutinises Florianopolis and identifies its potentials and limitations to develop a vigorous urban policy framework to transform the city into a smart one.
  • Develops policy guidelines for a smart urbanism practice to tackle issues limiting sustainable development.

For the project's outputs you can read the following:

Towards smart Florianópolis: What does it take to transform a tourist island into an innovation capital?

Smart City Florianopolis

You can also read 'Smart Cities of the Sunshine State: Status of Queensland's Local Government Areas' for a similar study in Queensland.

Intergenerational Park Design for Active and Engaged Communities

Project leader

Dr Tracy Washington

Dates

2017-2019

Project summary

Local and neighbourhood parks within suburban areas in southeast Queensland are often non-stimulating and boring, lacking challenging and appealing equipment for all ages and do not meet the needs of the community.

In addition, physical inactivity remains the greatest public health problem of the 21st century.

This project will reconceptualise suburban parks as exciting spaces that inspire all ages to be physically active, while building social connections across generations.

Over three-years this project aims to advance the emerging field connecting environmental design with health and promote evidence-based design.

Using a transdisciplinary approach, the team will observe existing park use within 12 parks in the Moreton Bay Region, investigate barriers to park use and physical activity and formulate novel, evidence-based Design Guidelines for Active Intergenerational Parks that specify innovative salutogenic design principles and suggest cost effective park features that can be used by local governments and park designers across Australia.

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Courses

We deliver two professionally accredited courses with a range of linked double degrees. Our graduates are highly sought after in Queensland, across Australia and internationally.

Bachelor of Property Economics

"Thanks to the Career Mentor Service provided by QUT, I worked with The Hornery Institute as a student research assistant. It was an eye-opening learning experience. I am currently working in Malaysia as an Assistant Valuer and Property Manager at a local consultancy firm. I was offered this position because of the work experience I gained during my time at university."

Belinda Chong

Bachelor of Property Economics

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)

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