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Doina Olaru

Doina Olaru
Research interests: transport modelling; travel behaviour; discrete choice modelling; multivariate analysis; accessibility and activity spaces; environmental impacts of transport; exposure to air pollutants; artificial intelligence applications in transport and business.
Other activities: member of the Association for European Transport, World Conference in Transport Research Society, Engineers Australia


Professor Oren Yiftachel
Prof. Oren Yiftachel, Visiting Professor at Curtin University, is a political geographer and urban researcher and planner. His scholarly work has been widely acknowledged on the political geography of ethnic relations, indigenous studies and the transformation of contemporary urbanism. He has contributed to critical theories of urbanism, and on the changing relations of power, space and social relations, using a comparative international approach.

Prof Dave Hedgcock

Associate Professor Garry Middle

Associate Professor Garry Middle has over 30 years experience in environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment, environment planning, policy and governance, working with State and Local governments, consulting and as an academic. Before joining Curtin in June 2008 he was the Appeals Convenor for the Minister for Environment and prior to that was Director, Environment and Natural Resource Planning, at Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Manager, Strategic Planning & Environment at the City of Rockingham and Manager, Environmental Planning Branch servicing the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) - the peak environmental agency in WA and responsible for EIA. Whilst studying full time towards his PhD he ran a small environmental consultancy company, set up in part to provide environmental advice to Local Governments in WA.

Prof Dave Hedgcock

Professor Dave Hedgcock
Professor David Hedgcock began his academic career as a lecturer in urban and regional planning at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (the forerunner of Curtin University) in 1979. He was the Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for over 10 years before taking up the role of Deputy Head of the School of Architecture Construction and Planning in 2001. He was the inaugural sub dean of the Faculty of Built Environment Art and Design and was appointed as the Dean in 2004. Following a University restructure in 2008 he became the Head of the School of Built Environment a position he retired from at the end of 2008.
David has taught extensively in the field of urban and regional planning with a focus on planning history, urban analysis, research design and landscape planning. He has published and presented over 60 chapters, articles and papers. The major focus has been in the areas of; planning history, environmental planning and planning education.
David has served on and advised numerous government, professional and research bodies. Most recently he chaired the Human Settlements working group which formed part of the Environmental Protection Authority’s State of the Environment report for the Government of Western Australia. In the past he has worked for and with the WA Water Resources Council, The South Metropolitan Regional Development Organisation, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Department of Planning and Urban Development.