Project Coordinator, Connected Cities Lab - Architecture, Building and Planning
Thomas Jacobs is currently the project coordinator for the SDGs Cities Challenge and project officer for the Innovate4Cities project within the Connected Cities Lab at the University of Melbourne. His areas of focus in planning are sustainability and resilience, health, community engagement, and housing. Thomas is a Master of Urban Planning graduate from the University of Melbourne, and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, with minors in Communications and Community Leadership from Iowa State University in the United States.
In addition to his experience working with the Connected Cities Lab, Thomas has worked for multiple non-profit organisations including Launch Housing, a Melbourne based housing organisation aimed at ending homelessness. He also has international experience in the field of city planning, with previous planning positions held at the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri in the United States, as well as Moreland City Council in Melbourne.
Thomas is extremely passionate about creating healthy and sustainable built environments for current and future generations, and thus his master’s thesis focused on the implementation of health planning policy and sought to understand the impact that non-governmental organisations have on health planning policy in Victoria.