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Shaoli Wang

Shaoli Wang

Email: shaoli.wang@postgrad.curtin.edu.au

My research aims to understand individual travel demand by examining behavioural patterns as determined by the activity needs and the attitude and beliefs of individuals. The understanding gained will be compared to the spatial and temporal properties of the existing public transport system and consideration given to how this can be adapted to take account of the individual. The cities of Perth (Western Australia) and Shanghai (China) will be selected as my case study precincts, which present both developed and rapidly developing areas.


Ryan Quinn

Isaac Middle

Email: ryan.quinn@postgrad.curtin.edu.au
My research seeks to investigate how the needs of non-humans can be represented and elevated by environmental activists within land use planning processes and decision making, and how such representation may result in the dominant anthropocentric ethical position of decision makers shifting more towards a non-anthropocentric, or deep ecological, stance. In a period of time characterised by multiple environmental crises, urban planning and the process of urban development remains relatively anthropocentric in its scope. Accordingly, the research not only seeks to encourage a discussion of environmental ethics in the discipline of planning, but it seeks to examine how to actively include non-humans in land use planning processes generally.

 

Tim Perkins

Tim Perkins

Research: My research involves a study of the use of public transport in the southern suburban rail corridor in Perth, Western Australia. It focuses on one transport hub within the rail corridor, namely the Cockburn Central train station. In particular it aims to study the role of attitudes, behavioural control, habit and intent and how they may influence travel behaviours. A modified version of the Theory of Planned Behaviour will be used to study the factors that can and do influence travel behaviours.

Other research interests: environmental planning, planning education, travel behaviour

Other activities: Tim is currently employed as Director of the Centre for Planning, Edith Cowan University, whilst undertaking a part-time Ph.D at Curtin University. He has previously worked at the School of Natural Sciences, Edith Cowan University; Department of Geosciences, University of Wollongong and the Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh where he was involved in a range of environmental and planning related research and teaching activities.

Isaac Middle

Isaac Middle

My research seeks to explore a collaborative, cross disciplinary framework for sustainable open space planning, which I currently propose to be based on the concept of Urban Resilience; a subset of the expanding field of sustainability study that is research into increasing resilience within the social-ecological system. I have recently been involved in an ongoing study into Public Open Space usage within established and developing Perth residential areas. This project is focussed on quantifying the change in the nature and extent of active open space due to changes in urban planning practice including the implementation of state planning policies Bush Forever and Liveable Neighbourhoods and Water Sensitive Urban Design.