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Carey Curtis

Professor Carey Curtis

Director, Urbanet

Carey Curtis is Professor of City Planning and Transport. She is also Guest Professor University of Lund/K2The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Public Transport. During 2016-2017 she was Guest Professor at the University of Gothenburg and Research Fellow (funded by the Vastra Gotland Region from EU seventh framework Marie Curie funding).

Her research experience spans four decades and has included over 50 projects in both academia and the planning industry. She has employed a wide range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Carey has published extensively in the areas of travel behaviour, transport and land use planning, accessibility planning, and institutional barriers to sustainable urban development. Carey is currently serving as a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

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Courtney Babb

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.

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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.

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Amanda Davies

Dr 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

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Shane Greive

Dr Shane Greive

Shane is an urban analyst and planner. His research and teaching interests include housing studies, economic development, central city planning, and development processes. His current research in partnership with Dr Paul Cozens focuses on the Night-Time-Economy. Outside of the University setting, Shane is an advocate for the community housing sector and has a long association with Foundation Housing Inc.

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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.

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Tod Jones

Dr Tod Jones

Tod is a Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Geography in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Design and the 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.

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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 (School of Design and the Built Environment). 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

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Stephen Kovacs

Stephen Kovacs

Stephen’s PhD seeks to understand the potential impacts of – and societal responses to – the advent of Autonomous Vehicles (AV’s) in cities and regions.

Incumbent players in the transport industry – including automobile manufacturers and public transport providers – are approaching a ‘critical juncture’ in their institutional pathways as they face a convergence of ‘disruptive’ technologies/business models such as electrification and automation of vehicles, and new ‘sharing economy’ and ‘ridesourcing’ models enabled by Internet and smartphone technology. These changes are occurring in a context where the status quo is increasingly unsustainable. The transport sector accounts for approximately 15% of global carbon emissions; crude oil is increasingly sourced from costly/ecological harmful sources with low net energy returns including shale oil, tar sand and offshore arctic fields; urban sprawl inclusive of large swathes of land converted to vehicle conveyance/parking is consuming land with environmental, aesthetic and agricultural value.

The research aims to determine what policy regulations, institutional frameworks and governance structures are required to avoid or mitigate negative externalities, and ensure AV technology can be employed to catalyse the required transition to sustainable and low carbon transport. The viewpoints and emerging responses of transport agencies/providers, and the attitudes of households, developers and local authority planners will be tested.

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.

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Sam McLeod

Sam Mcleod

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.

Gary Middle

Dr 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.

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Isaac Middle

Dr Isaac Middle

Isaac’s research, including his recently completed doctoral thesis, focuses on the planning and design of public and private green spaces – including neighbourhood parks, sports grounds, coastal and river reserves, and backyards – with the aim of get more people outdoors, active and in contact with nature.

Most recent publication: Middle, Isaac. 2018. “Between a Dog and a Green Space: Applying Ecosystem Services Theory to Explore the Human Benefits of Off-the-leash Dog Parks”. Landscape Research.

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Ryan Quinn

Ryan Quinn

Ryan’s 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

Jake Schapper

Jake H.M. Schapper

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.

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Jan Scheurer

Dr 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. Jan also holds an Honorary Associate position at the Centre for Urban Research (CUR), RMIT University. Jan’s areas of expertise are urban design, transport and accessibility planning, sustainability policy and mobility culture.

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Mohammad Swapan

Dr Mohammad Swapan

Mohammad 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. He 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.

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Reena Tiwari

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.

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