Urban and regional planning

Urban and regional planning

Macquarie’s urban and regional planning research is of an international calibre. In the most recent excellence in research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our urban and regional planning research received a rating of ‘performance at world standard’.

Our research contributes to planning theory, especially in the realm of culture and representation, environmental planning and sustainability, transport, heritage, housing, master planning, migration and urban governance.

We collaborate closely with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Macquarie Park Forum, New South Wales Land and Housing Corporation, and Ryde and Ku-ring-gai councils, as well as with international institutions such as Durham and York Universities, Queen Mary University of London, and the Universities of Glasgow and Tokyo.

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Our research strengths

Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of:

  • environmental ethics
  • geographical information science
  • housing studies
  • natural hazards risk assessment
  • political ecology
  • resource and environmental management
  • urban regeneration and renewal, and
  • urban, social and community planning

Our facilities

Our facilities include:

  • a climate science laboratory
  • an environmental quality laboratory
  • gas chromatography and analytical facilities
  • geographic information systems, and
  • a laboratory for thermal and environmental processing

Our research hubs

Urban and regional planning activities at Macquarie support five research hubs:

  • Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability
  • Climate Futures
  • Concentration of Research Excellence in Climate Risk
  • Concentration of Research Excellence in Social Inclusion
  • Risk Frontiers
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