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Carey Curtis

Professor Carey Curtis
Research interests: sustainable transport; land use and transport integration; accessibility planning; transit oriented development; shared streets; personal travel behaviour; travel demand management; city planning and design; transport policy; governance and implementation.

Other activities: Visiting Professor University of Amsterdam; Chair of the International Editorial Board and Research Articles Editor for the Journal Urban Policy and Research; Board Member World Society of Transport Land Use Research; Partner of the Australasian Research Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport; Member of the Planning Institute Australia and the Royal Town Planning Institute, UK.

Dr Diana MacCallum

Dr Diana MacCallum
Diana has a postgraduate diploma and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Curtin, where she now works as a lecturer. Before returning to university life in 2000, Diana had worked in a range of public sector and NGO positions concerned with Indigenous cultural and linguistic heritage; Indigenous affairs administration and regional economic development. Since then, she has worked in WA, Queensland and the UK, the latter as part of a European research network on social innovation.
Research Interests: Urban development as collective action: governance practices; politics; grass-roots action; community development; embedding social justice in planning and development practice; discourse and critical discourse analysis; Diana also has a keen interest in methodological issues in planning research, both and policy- and scholarship-oriented.

Amanda Davies

Amanda Davies

Amanda is a Lecturer in the Department of Planning and Geography at Curtin. Her research examines spatial patterns of population growth and change, migration, population ageing and regional, rural and coastal development issues. Amanda has completed studies on a range of issues related to regional and rural change and adaptation, population ageing, rural labour force migration, peri-urban development and retirement migration.

Other Activities: Editor of Geographical Research, Assistant Director of Research and Graduate Studies (Built Environment), Co-Director of RUSSIC, Board Member of Tourism Research Cluster, Member of the Institute of Australian Geographers, Member of the Association of American Geographers, Member of the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors, Member of the Homeward Bound Team

Dr Diana MacCallum

Dr Courtney Babb

Dr Courtney Babb is a lecturer in the Department of Planning and Geography, Curtin University, where he teaches units in transport planning, participatory planning, and research design and methods. His research interests include urban transport systems, travel behaviour and travel demand management, children’s geographies, urban governance, evaluation in planning, and the relationship between wellbeing and the built environment. His PhD research focused on exploring how planners and urban designers can better evaluate the built environment for children’s active and independent travel.

Reena Tiwari

Associate Professor Reena Tiwari
Associate Professor Dr Reena Tiwari is Fellow of the Curtin Academy. As a researcher, Reena has published extensively on space psychology and place-making; urban ethnography and community engagement; sustainable transport and urbanism. As an architect, urban designer she has been a professional advisor to a broader academic community and industry and has successfully worked on competitive research projects for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Aus-Aid and the Australia-India Council.

International significance of her research work and leadership in the area of urban studies, community development and international cooperation is demonstrated by her ongoing research work with the University of California, Berkeley and University International Catalunya, Spain. She has a continuing involvement in the International Cooperation Program which is run by the European Union under the prestigious Erasmus Mundus umbrella and supported by UNESCO and UN Habitat.


Jan Scheurer

Dr Jan Scheurer is the Senior Research Officer with the Department of Planning and Geography. His research interests include accessibility planning, urban design and sustainable transport.


Dave Robertson

David Robertson is a research assistant undertaking GIS analysis for the CATCH project. After fifteen years supporting environmental management in state government, he is applying his varied skills to creating more liveable and sustainable cities.

Shahed Khan

Dr Shahed Khan
Shahed Khan has a background in architecture (BArch) and planning (PhD and MURP). He served as Head of Department of Urban and Regional Planning before taking up the position of Director International Engagement (SOBE). Shahed initiated a focus on global cities in the URP course, setting up the on-going annual Japan Study Tour as part of the International Perspectives unit in 2008. In addition to seven Japan study tours, he has also led two study tours to the Philippines, focusing on informal settlements and the urban poor. His special areas of interest include urban governance, community engagement, global cities, international/comparative planning systems, informal settlements and disaster management. He has produced a number of publications including book chapters, journal articles and refereed conference papers. His recent research projects have focused on community aspirations for public transport, development potential along future rapid transit corridors, decentralisation of urban governance, and mapping perceptions of residents of two Pilbara towns. Shahed supervises a number of PhDs including both local and international students.

Shahed Khan

Dr. Mohammad Swapan
Mohammad Swapan completed his PhD from Curtin in 2013. His doctoral research looked into the dynamics of community engagement in the planning process. He has a Masters of environmental management from New Zealand (2007) and bachelor in Urban and Rural Planning from Bangladesh (2001). Swapan has almost ten years of teaching and research experiences in urban and regional planning. Since 2009, Swapan has been involved in research on GIS based transport planning, promoting community bus and urban greening with local governments and universities in Western Australia. He was also involved in teaching and research position in Bangladesh and carried out a number of research projects on national priority areas. In this regard, Swapan worked with United Nations organisations on urban poverty and disaster management.

Swapan has a strong research interests on urban governance, community participation in planning, private sector involvement in urban vegetation, disaster management and GIS applications in mapping community perspectives.

Dr Paul Cozens

Dr Paul Cozens
Dr Paul Cozens is a Curtin Research Fellow with a multi-disciplinary background who joined Curtin in June 2006. Paul is a specialist in crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), which is also known as “designing out crime”. His research focuses on the use and management of the built environment to reduce opportunities for crime. He has experience as an academic, consultant and public servant in the field of environmental criminology and particularly designing out crime theory, policy and practice. He has conducted research and applied designing out crime to a range of urban environments including residential environments, railway stations, shopping centres, public access ways, community facilities and city centres.

Dr Shane Greive
Shane's research and teaching interests include development processes, central city change, and housing studies. Prior to his PhD that focused on urban governance in Western Australia, Shane worked/researched in the realm of urban affairs in the USA, the UK and China.
Outside of the university setting, he was the co-principal of a research oriented planning consultancy operating in Perth. He is currently involved with Foundation Housing, which is a not-for-profit community housing provider.

Oscar Thomson

Oscar Thomson
Oscar has been involved in transport planning research throughout the duration of his degree in Urban and Regional Planning. His research interests in transport planning include transport behaviour, accessibility planning and land use and transport integration. Furthermore, Oscar aims to explore ways to improve the efficiency of Australian planning with new technologies and strategic management techniques.

Jake H.M. Schapper

Isaac Middle

Jake H.M. Schapper works in academia, mainly in the areas of graphics/design, transport planning and community engagement. He has been involved in designing and running a number of community forums in Perth that focused on the community’s aspirations for public transport. Global citizenship is an important part of Jake’s work and he has been part of organising 14 international study and fieldwork trips, with Japan, the Philippines and India as the main destinations. These trips have taken over 300 students. In the last few years he has developed an interest in the way ethnic minority communities and individuals engage with and influence the urban space(s). Jake has been also been involved in taking and organizing study tours and field trips for domestic units and is the Logistics Director for the Lakhnu Project.

Dr Tod Jones

tod jones

Tod is a Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Geography in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Built Environment. His research examines cultural policy, heritage and tourism policy, indigenous planning and Aboriginal art and cultural centres. Tod utilises approaches from human geography, cultural theory and planning perspectives. His current research (with Prof. James M. Jasper and Dr Ali Mozaffari) is on heritage movements in Asian societies, and (with Dr Shaphan Cox, Prof. Roy Jones, Tim Acker and Dr. Michael Hughes) on Australian Aboriginal heritage, art, planning, and space in Western Australia. Tod is co-Director of RUSSIC (the Research Unit for the Study of Societies in Change), an associate member of AAPI (the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute), and a member of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies.

Brittany Griffiths

tod jones

Brittany Griffiths recently completed her master in Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University. Prior to this, Brittany completed her undergraduate degree in Sustainable Development, with a minor in Public Policy Management at Murdoch University. Brittany is very passionate about sustainability and transport planning. In particular, her research interests include; transit oriented development, walkable neighbourhoods, place activation and land use and transport integration. Brittany is currently working as a research assistant, undertaking an investigation into how successful the Subiaco transit oriented development design principles have been in reducing car dependency within the Subiaco area.

Brittany is also very passionate about encouraging young planners to get involved with industry events. As a result of this, she is an active member of the planning community through her role as a committee member for the Planning Institute of Australia WA Young Planners Committee. Being a member of the Young Planners committee has allowed Brittany the opportunity to become actively involved in organising and assisting in a number of networking and industry focused planning events.

Sam Mcleod

tod jones

Sam is currently working with Urbanet as a research assistant in the area of public transport network design. His research interests are primarily in public transport design, urban legibility, disruptive change, and planning education. Outside of academia, Sam is involved as a placemaking consultant and curator for the Museum of Perth. Previously, Sam worked in State Government, assisting in the improvement and implementation of process improvements. Having conducted research surveys, working on political campaigns, and assisting in several community consultation projects, Sam is keenly interested in understanding community perceptions, attitudes, and the mechanisms of psychology in processes of urban change.