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Led by Prof Mark Stevenson, the Hub comprises a diverse mix of experience and expertise in the fields of health, transport, urban planning/design, urban analytics and property.

Prof Mark Stevenson

Professor Mark Stevenson is an epidemiologist and Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health. Prior to this appointment, Prof Stevenson was Director of the Monash University Accident Research Centre, a leading transport safety research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Prof Stevenson has worked on numerous national and international projects that have directly influenced transport policy and worked with both Federal and State Governments in Australia and internationally. He has led many research groups and is internationally recognized in the field of transport safety and public health. He is currently developing a cross-disciplinary team at the University of Melbourne focused around urban design, transport and population health. Read more...

Prof Brendan Gleeson

Professor Gleeson has made significant scholarly contributions in urban and social policy, environmental theory and policy, and is a regular commentator in newspapers, television and radio. He has qualifications in geography and urban planning, including a masters degree from the University of Southern California and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Professor Gleeson is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

He is the author or editor of twelve books, three of which have won national and international prizes, and numerous journal articles. His research interests include urban planning and governance, urban social policy, disability studies, and environmental theory and policy. His recent work has focused on socio-spatial analysis of suburbs, their vulnerability to oil shocks and the need for better public transport options. Read more...

Prof Carolyn Whitzman

Carolyn Whitzman is Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the lead editor of Melbourne: What Next? A discussion on creating a better future for Melbourne (Research Monograph No. 1, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, 2014),  Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (Earthscan, 2013), author of Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto Neighbourhood 1875-2002 (University of British Columbia Press, 2009) and The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: practical planning tools (Earthscan, 2008), and the co-author of Safe Cities: guidelines for planning, design, and management (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995). She has also published numerous peer-reviewed scholarly publications, book chapters, and reports on partnerships for social justice in the city, with particular emphasis on the supporting the rights of women, children and people with disabilities to access affordable housing, public transportation, social services, and public space. Read more...

Prof Kim Dovey

Kim Dovey is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in the faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. His research on social issues in architecture and urban design has included investigations of housing, shopping malls, corporate towers, urban waterfronts and the politics of public space. Books include 'Framing Places: Mediating Power in Built Form' (Routledge 1999, 2008)  'Fluid City' (Routledge 2005) and 'Becoming Places' (Routledge 2009). Current research projects include those on urban place identity, creative clusters, transit-oriented urban design and the morphology of informal settlements. Read more...

Prof Sun Sheng Han

Professor Sun Sheng Han's research and teaching expertise are in the areas of urban and regional development, strategic planning and analytical methods in urban studies. He joined the University of Melbourne in mid 2007. Professor Han was a tenured Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore before relocating to Melbourne. In his career, he also practised urban planning in the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (Beijing, China); taught at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada); and worked in the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (Nagoya, Japan). Read more...

Prof Tom Kvan

Professor Thomas Kvan is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Campus and Global Development), and Director of Aurin at the University of Melbourne. A Professor of Architecture and former Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Tom Kvan is internationally recognised for his work in the management of design practice and development of digital applications in design. Read more...

Dr Iderlina Mateo-Babiano

Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano is Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning. An architect, urban planner and transport planner by training, she joined the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne in 2017. As a scholar in sustainable transportation science, she has advanced a significant body of knowledge in active transport, particularly bicycle sharing and pedestrianization, gender and transport, indigenous transport, transport history, with theory and policy implication within the Australian, but more extensively, in the Asian setting. Read more...

Dr Hyung Min Kim

Dr. Hyung Min Kim is a Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. Before he joined the University of Melbourne (2016), he worked for RMIT University (Australia), Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China) and Korea Appraisal Board (Korea). His teaching and research activities focus on economic and spatial dynamics of cities including globalisation and global cities, urban and environmental economics, liveability, healthy cities and the Asia-Pacific region. Read more...

Dr Elek Pafka

Elek Pafka is Lecturer in Urban Planning and Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the relationship between material density, urban form and the intensity of urban life, as well as methods of mapping the 'pulse' of the city. He has participated in research on transit orientated development, functional mix and walkability. Currently he is co-editing a book on Mapping Urbanities. Read more...

Assoc Prof Janet Stanley

Janet Stanley is a Principal Research Fellow - Urban Social Resilience at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, visiting Professor at the University of Hiroshima, Japan, a Director of the National Centre for Research in Bushfire & Arson and a Director of Stanley & Co., consultants in sustainable policy. Prior to this, Janet was Chief Research Officer at Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University. Read more...

Dr John Stone

Dr John Stone is a Lecturer in Transport Planning in Urban Planning Program in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. His research seeks to improve public transport performance in Australian cities through a greater understanding of the professional practice and the political and institutional context for public transport planning in similar cities in Canada and in German-speaking Europe. He is currently pursuing opportunities for greater exchange between Australian practitioners and their international counterparts. John's research has identified many opportunities for more effective and efficient public transport in Australian cities through better service coordination and more efficient network design. Read more...

Dr Jennifer Day

Dr Jennifer Day recently completed her doctoral work in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent work examined the effects of resettlement at the urban periphery for Shanghai households, with a focus on vulnerable populations. Her work continues in Chinese cities, with research interests that include transport capacity-building, outcomes of rebuilding urban villages, and the consequences of and alternatives to urban expansion. Additionally, Jennifer's teaching and research interests include planning for resettlement zones and urbanization in the developing world.  Read more...

Dr Marcus White

Dr Marcus White is an award winning architect and urban designer, co-director of Harrison and White Pty Ltd and lecturer in digital design in architecture and urban design at the University of Melbourne.

He has been the recipient of numerous design awards including the RAIA Haddon Travelling Scholarship, the AIA Victorian Emerging Architect Award, the inaugural AIA National Emerging Architect Award for his contribution to practice, teaching and research, an AIA residential architecture award and was recently awarded the Graham Treloar Fellowship for his research project - Urban street tree shade analysis using high polygon 3D models with MR photometric daylight system. Read more...

Dr Gideon Aschwanden

Dr. Gideon Aschwanden is Lecturer in Urban Analytics with a focus on learning algorithms to evaluate the urban fabric to improve health, transportation and economic opportunities. He joins us in 2015 from Princeton University where his teaching and research was on digital fabrication methods and building systems (cooling and heating architecturally optimized systems). He has an MSc in Architecture and a doctoral degree from the ETH Zurich where he also taught graduate students in the use of digital evaluation tools in urban planning. To deepen his knowledge he worked as a researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore and has professional experience in Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Read more...

Dr Siqing Chen

Dr Siqing Chen is a GIS ecologist and landscape planner. He has practised since 2003 in a range of private and public sector settings in China and United States. His research interests lie in emerging issues of landscape planning, landscape urbanism, carbon neutral landscape, and ecological infrastructure with emphasis on sustaining the built environment.

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Dr Jason Thompson

With a background in Psychology and Medicine, Jason’s work is focused on the translation of research into practice across the areas of transportation, heavy-vehicle safety, public health, post-injury rehabilitation, and system design. Jason has expertise in methods of computational social science for the modelling of urban, social, organisational, safety, rehabilitation, and active transport networks (e.g., cycling and walking) and has pioneered their use and publication in areas of traditional medical and transportation research. Statistical analyses and computational social modelling he conducted for Victorian Transport Accident Commission has contributed to tens of millions of dollars in savings for the Victorian community since its development in 2010. Read more...

Dr Kerry Nice

Building on a background in software engineering and urban climates, Dr. Kerry Nice's work uses modelling and artificial intelligence to study urban environments. His PhD at Monash University focused on the creation and use of an urban micro-climate model (VTUF-3D) to assess the positive human thermal comfort impacts in urban areas of increased urban vegetation and water sensitive design (WSUD) infrastructure. Kerry's research currently focuses on the investigation of urban factors impacting the accessibility of active transport, assessing the impacts of urban vegetation on transport, health, and micro-climates, and using artificial intelligence, especially deep learning using neural networks, to assess the influence of urban characteristics on urban environments and ultimately on the people who live there. Kerry previously worked as a senior and consulting software engineer in Colorado, New York, and London focusing on building enterprise level multi-tiered work flow applications. Kerry maintains membership in the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS).

Dr Jasper Wijnands

Dr Jasper Wijnands has a background in applied mathematics, with extensive experience in quantitative analyses and mathematical methods throughout his education, research and consultancy career. His research has led to publications in various domains, including climate science, the financial services sector and in mathematical journals. His PhD in mathematics (University of Melbourne) focussed on machine learning algorithms and other mathematical techniques to improve the accuracy of tropical cyclone forecasts in Australia and the South Pacific Ocean. Jasper’s research currently focusses on artificial intelligence, especially deep learning using neural networks, in relation to transport, health and urban design. Further, he is delivering an ARC Linkage project that investigates the impact of financial incentives and feedback on driving behaviour, using in-vehicle telematics technology. Jasper previously worked as a manager and consultant in EY’s Advisory practices in Melbourne, New York, Zurich and Amsterdam, focussing on financial risk management. 

Mr Tony Bliss – Honorary Senior Fellow
Tony is the Director, Road Safety Management Limited. He is an internationally recognized specialist and advisor with extensive experience in the transport, communications and health sectors. Tony’s previous roles include the Lead Road Safety Specialist at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA, where he directed the development, promotion and implementation of sustainable strategies to improve road safety in low and middle income countries, working with World Bank sector teams and global, regional and country partners. Tony’s experience also includes his role as the General Manager, Strategy Division, Land Transport Safety Authority, New Zealand, where he managed the successful implementation of the National Road Safety Plan and directed the design and preparation of the new Road Safety Strategy to 2010.

Dr Pat Love – Honorary Senior Fellow

Pat resigned from Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) after 28 years in December 2016. He had recently completed his Doctoral research into the role of Social Capital in Children’s Independent Mobility in Catholic schools in Victoria here at the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning (2015) after completing his Master in Urban Planning at the University in 1998. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Education from Monash University (1982) and a Theology Degree from the Gregorian University, Rome (1979). He is in the process of establishing his own planning consultancy for schools in 2017. Pat’s previous role for 12 years at Catholic Education Melbourne was as the Manager of Planning for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. During this time he was responsible for or contributed to the development of policy in a number of areas, including strategic school provision planning, demographic forecasts for schools, design of contemporary learning spaces, education for sustainability programs and policy, and outdoor recreation space guidelines for schools. Pat is a member of PIA, a past board member of A4LE (formerly CEFPI), and a former secondary teacher who maintains his VIT registration. He has a passion for transport policy in Melbourne as he is a keen hiker, a committed cyclist and supporter of public transport.