Dr Courtney Babb

Curtin University

Dr Courtney Babb is a lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University. He teaches transport planning, participatory planning, urban regeneration and research methods for planners. His research focuses on the relationships between land use and transport; the governance of placemaking and urban regeneration; and institutional dynamics in the planning for and the production of urban places. He has applied a range of methodological and theoretical approaches in his own research and in supervision of planning students, including case studies, spatial analysis, place-audit frameworks, interviews, institutional analysis and actor-network theory.

Dr Robyn Creagh

Senior Lecturer The University of Notre Dame Australia

Dr Robyn Creagh is an applied researcher, passionate teacher and engaging facilitator. Robyn undertakes collaborative research with industry and interdisciplinary partners, at the intersection of built environment design, lived experience and sense of place. She is a Senior Lecturer in the new Master of Architecture program at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle: where she leads the interdisciplinary, creative and applied research stream.

Prior to this she was a Lecturer at Curtin University, teaching in Architecture and Planning. 2014-2016 Robyn held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Sport and Recreation Research. In 2019 her co-edited book Visual Spatial Enquiry: Diagrams and Metaphors for Architects and Spatial Thinkers was published in the Routledge Research in Architecture series. 2017-2019 Robyn was the Joint-Editor for The Architect magazine, the journal of record for the Australian Institute of Architects WA.

Prof. Billie Giles-Corti

Director, Urban Futures ECP & Healthy Liveable Cities Group    RMIT University

Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Distinguished Professor at RMIT University and Director of its Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform.  She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellow and directs the Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group in the Centre for Urban Research.  For over two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary research team have been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing; and she currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities established in 2014.  She is a Technical Advisor of the Victorian Office of the Government Architect’s Design Review Panel, a member of the Victorian Planning Authority’s Precinct Structure Plan Review Committee, Chair of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network’s Academic Sub-Committee, and an Honorary Fellow of both the Planning Institute of Australia and the Public Health Association.  She has published over 300 articles, book chapters and reports, and by citations, is ranked in the top 1% of researchers in her field globally.  She is Fulbright Scholar and in 2016, was awarded an NHMRC Elizabeth Blackburn Fellowship as the top ranked female public health fellow in 2015.

Dr Cole Hendrigan

Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

Cole has worked in urban design offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Abu Dhabi and twice worked in local governments in public realm amenity provision. Cole is registered with the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects, the Planning Institute of Australia and with the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  Cole has achieved a PhD with ARC and CRC scholarships and been persuasive in national and state transport policy settings. His research has led to several papers, a book chapter and one book. He has travelled extensively, particularly to the neighbourhoods beyond the ends of rail lines, to find where people live who make a city.   Cole has also been a logger and organic food grower in northern British Columbia, a fire lookout the wilderness of Alberta, a library assistant, a water truck driver, and if he wasn’t an academic now he’d be focused on making beautiful places.


A/Prof. Donna Houston

Associate Professor Macquarie University

Donna Houston is an urban and cultural geographer in the Department of Geography and Planning at Macquarie University. Her research explores the intersections of urban political ecology and environmental justice in the Anthropocene; cultural dimensions of climate change; toxic landscapes and bodies; spaces of extinction, and planning in multispecies cities.  She is particularly interested in how cultural methodologies such as storytelling, visual methods and memory-work can be used to address current social and environmental challenges. Associate Professor Houston is the Program Head of Planning and the Co-Director of the Environmental Humanities research group.  She is also member of the Shadow Places Network, an international environmental humanities initiative funded by the Swedish government.

Dr Michael Hughes

Senior Lecturer, Environmental Management, Murdoch University

I am a senior lecturer at Murdoch University teaching and researching in the field of environmental management.  My background includes qualifications in environmental biology, natural resource management, protected area management and nature based recreation and tourism management.  I coordinate and teach units in Environmental Management at the undergraduate and post graduate levels.  My current research generally focuses on reconciling policy and management of the natural environment for different values. I conduct research on how people interact with and value urban/peri urban green and blue spaces and how this can be managed for the benefit of both and have published a number of scholarly papers in this area.

Prof. Roy Jones

Emeritus Professor, Curtin University

Emeritus Professor Roy Jones was Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University from 2007-2012. He was also Head of the School of Social Sciences and Asian Languages for six years. As Dean, Roy was responsible for improving the faculty’s research performance and for mentoring academics across a wide range of fields from construction management to the visual arts.

Roy is the author of more than 100 refereed publications and has held several ARC grants, and been funded by two CRCs, government departments and industry. He has been an assessor of ARC Discovery and Linkage grant applications and served as an evaluator for the ERA 2010 and 2012 rounds.


Ms Anna Leditschke

Tutor School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

Anna’s research interests focus on governance, ethics and stakeholder consultation and engagement. She recently completed her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Australia. Her thesis explored how a range of stakeholders understood notions of justice and fair process within a highly contentious planning decision in South Australia. Anna currently works as a researcher and lecturer at UniSA, exploring areas ranging from design for health and wellbeing, government planning policy and strategy, and heritage management.


Prof. Susan Thompson

Professor And Head, City Wellbeing Program, City Futures Research Centre, The University of NSW

Susan Thompson is Professor of Planning in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.  With a foundation in public sector planning practice, Susan has had numerous roles at UNSW since joining in the early 1990s.  Susan’s academic career encompasses both research and teaching in social and cultural planning, qualitative research methodologies and healthy built environments.  Susan was a pioneer in the development of healthy planning in Australia from an urban planning perspective, contributing to research, education and advocacy for health supportive environments.  She led the Healthy Built Environments Program from 2010-2014 and now heads up the City Wellbeing Program in the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW.  Her publications include two editions of the award-winning textbook ‘Planning Australia’ and more recently, the co-authored ‘Planning Australia’s Healthy Built Environments’ and her co-edited handbook ‘The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being’.  As well as writing scholarly journal papers, Susan is a regular contributor to practitioner forums, most notably her healthy built environments quarterly column in the Planning Institute of Australia’s ‘New Planner’, now into its 10th year.  Susan’s longstanding contribution to urban planning was recognised in 2012 when she was elected Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and in 2015, with the awarding of the prestigious Sidney Luker Memorial Medal.  Susan is one of only three women to receive the award since its inception in 1956.  In 2017 she was awarded the Australian Urban Research Medal.

Prof Oren Yiftachel

Visiting Leverhulme Professor, Dept. of Geography and DPU, University College London; Department of Geography and Environmental Development’ Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Chair in Urban Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel

Oren Yiftachel is a professor of urban studies and political and legal geography at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba and is a Leverhulme Professor at University College London. Yiftachel holds the Hurst Family Chair for Urban Studies at Ben-Gurion University. Yiftachel graduated from Australian and Israeli universities, and has taught and researched at a range of international bodies including RMIT and Curtin Universities in Australia, Columbia, Berkeley and University of Pennsylvania, University of Cape Town and Ca-Foscari University of Venice… His research has focused on critical understandings of the relations between space, power and conflict. He has published over 100 articles and ten authored and edited books, including Urban and Regional Planning in Western Australia (1992, with Dave Hedgcock; Paradigm Press); Planning as Control: Policy and Resistance in Divided Societies (Pergamon, 1995); Ethnocracy: Land and Identity Politics in Israel/Palestine (Penn 2006); Indigenous (in) Justice (Harvard, 2012) and Emptied Lands: Legal Geography of Bedouins in the Negev (2018 Stanford rights and civil society organizations, including CityVision and Fringedwellers (Perth), the RCUV — council for unrecognized Bedouin villages, “Adva” – Centre for social equality (Israel), and as the chair of B’Tselem – monitoring human rights violations in the Palestinian Territories. Recently, he founded with colleagues a new decolonizing peace movement for Israel/Palestine – “A Land for all — two states, one homeland”.

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8 March 2019

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