Dr Diana MacCallum

Diana MacCallum is a senior lecturer at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.  Her main research interests centre on planning and development in their social aspects, and include practices and discourses of governance, politics and grass-roots action.

Assoc Prof Paul J. Maginn

Paul Maginn (aka @Planographer) is Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UWA. His research interests include: strategic planning, suburbia, the sex industry and urban politics. He is Editor-in-Chief of Urban Policy and Research, and a founding member of the Urban Broadcast Collective, an academic podcast on all things cities.


Dr Mariana Atkins

Mariana T. Atkins is a Researcher Assistant Professor for the UWA Centre for Social Impact, The Business School, at the University of Western Australia. She explores demographic trends and examines how population ageing is being addressed through policy and planning. Mariana is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Dr Courtney Babb

Dr Courtney Babb is a lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Design and Built Environment, Curtin University. His teaching areas include transport planning, participatory planning and research methods for planners. His research interests focuses on relationships between land use and urban transport; the governance of placemaking and place activation; urban commons and property rights; and institutional dynamics in the production of urban space.

Prof Sharon Biermann


Julian Bolleter

Dr Julian Bolleter is the Acting Director at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) at the University of Western Australia. His role at the AUDRC includes teaching a master’s program in urban design and conducting research projects for the Western Australian state government. Julian is an experienced urban designer and has w­orked in design offices in Australia, the USA, the UK and the Middle East. He has completed a PhD and has commercially published six books. Julian’s current research interests are new city developments in Australia, Africa and the Middle East, alternative strategies for urban infill development, and the design of public open space for optimum health benefits. Julian has received funding from the Australian Research Council, Healthways and the Western Australian Government.

Dr Shaphan Cox

Shaphan Cox is an Urban Geographer at Curtin University. Shaphan’s research explores the politics of space and place through representation. He is the co-author of the book Setting Up the Nyoongar Tent Embassy: A Report on Perth Media (2013). Shaphan is the course coordinator for the Geography program at Curtin University.

Dr Paul Drechsler

Paul is currently a Visiting Research Academic at the University of Western Australia. His research focus is on the geography of retailing and consumption including its implications for the planning and development of high streets, town centres and shopping centres. Paul’s research has a strong alignment with his forty-year career in private sector consultancy, including sixteen years as Group Managing Director of national architecture and planning practice, Hames Sharley. His professional expertise includes urban and regional planning, commercial and retail development, urban design and large-scale land development projects. His professional memberships include Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia and Fellow, Australian Property Institute.

Prof Neil Foley

Neil Foley currently teaches students in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Western Australia on a part-time basis. He is Managing Director of Planning Consultants Australia Pty Ltd, a Perth-based urban and regional planning consultancy he established upon leaving the Department of Planning in 2009 after almost 30 years’ service in the State’s planning agencies, and prior to that, at the City of Wanneroo. Apart from being qualified in planning, Neil also holds qualifications in property, real estate and information management.

Neil served on the Board of the Swan River Trust between 2003 and 2007. He has been a member of the Waste Authority of Western Australia since 2011, and between 2011 and 2013 was the Presiding Member of the WA Government’s Metro South-West and South West Joint Development Assessment Panels. Since 2016 he has been a member of the State Records Commission’s State Records Advisory Committee.


Dr Paula Hooper

Paula is Healthway Research Fellow at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) within the School of Design at the University of Western Australia. Her multidisciplinary research work has studied the impact of the built environment and urban design on health and wellbeing and is currently an evidence-based health impact planning support system to assist in the design and creation of healthy liveable communities.

Dr Sayed Iftekhar

Dr. Sayed Iftekhar is an environmental and resource economist. He was awarded a PhD from University of Western Australia in 2012 where he studied the application of combinatorial auction designs for procuring environmental goods and services. He was awarded the best PhD thesis by the Australian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society. Currently, Dr Iftekhar is a Senior Research Fellow / ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP) in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment. He has published more than 50 journal articles and 4 book chapters, and has delivered / contributed to 70 conference papers or presentations. Dr Iftekhar has secured more than $2.5 million AUD in industry and ARC grants. He is currently leading the economics project of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

Dr Amity James

Amity James is Lecturer in the School of Economics, Finance and Property in the Faculty of Business and Law at Curtin University. She has previously held a Research Fellowship at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland. Amity’s research interests have led her to develop a strong housing research profile with an interest in housing in later life, housing affordability and housing policy.


Mr Anthony Karro

Anthony is a Ph.D. candidate and teaching associate at the School of Built Environment, Curtin University. Anthony’s research focus is trans-disciplinary exploring the amenity of sound in public open space. His research interests include; urban design philosophy, planning theory, experiential public environments, citizen science in planning, and environmental management for POS.

Dr Kirsten Martinus

Dr Kirsten Martinus is a Senior Research Fellow at UWA, focusing on the distribution of resources, innovation and economic competitiveness. She is on the board of the Australian Academy of Sciences National Committee for Geographical Sciences and Geographical Research, and the co-convener of the Institute of Australian Geographers Economic Geography Study Group. She has won various competitive awards and publishes in leading journals.

Mr Chris Melsom

Chris is a prominent and respected design professional, renowned for using his exceptional strategic design insight to solve complex development problems and unlock latent value in their projects.

Innovative, creative and grounded, Chris has over thirty years of experience in architecture, planning, landscape architecture and urban design in Australia and overseas. Importantly he has knowledge of the area and the context as a former Executive Director of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority and undertaking previous feasibility studies for the redevelopment of the South Fremantle Power Station.

He is driven to achieve great outcomes developed through strategic planning and design. He is highly passionate about our urban futures with a core interest in urban renewal and master planning projects.

Dr Clare Mouat

Clare Mouat is Geography and Planning Lecturer at UWA. Clare champions growing and greening democracy towards healthy, harmonious, and just community development. She advocates transformative practical wisdom in how we plan for community governance; learn to disagree in developing harmonious multi-lot housing; manage resource conflicts towards a sustainable beekeeping industry, and develop socio-culturally meaningful theory underwriting progressive urban futures.

Assoc Prof Doina Olaru

A FT academic at the UWA Business School, Doina Olaru is involved in research and teaching across several areas: transport, innovation networks, simulation and OR business applications. Her main research (travel behaviour) is at the interface of planning, engineering, geography, economics, and policy, with an emphasis on behavioural processes and links between land-use and transport.

Dr Francesca Perugia

Francesca has over a decade experience in working in architectural practices both in Australia and Italy as well as extensive research experience in the field of housing. She currently a teaching associate at Curtin University as well as the University of Western Australia. Her research focus on the issues of housing production and consumption, formal/informal processes of city building and planning practices.

Assoc Prof Stephen Rowley

Steven Rowley is from the School of Economics, Finance and Property at Curtin University and is Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute’s Curtin research centre and Chair of the WA Housing Industry Forecasting Group. He has over 20 years research experience in housing economics.

Dr Mohammad Swapan

Mohammad Swapan is a lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University. He received academic degrees from Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. Swapan’s research interests include urban environmental management (public open space), community engagement in planning & international comparative urbanism.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Opens:
Now open

Abstract Submission Fully Peer-Reviewed Abstract Closes:
8 March 2019

Abstract Submission Extended Abstract and Presentation Closes:
31 March 2019

PhD/ECR Symposium:
30 Nov – 2 Dec

SOAC Conference:
3 – 5 December

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