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Key members

Dr Stephen Glackin

PhD, MA, BSc.Senior Fellow, Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University, Melbourne.
Under Prof. Peter Newton, Stephen has been researching all aspects of precinct development for 10 years and has been responsible for implementing the project for the last 3 years. This has included identifying and implementing processes for precinct design, precinct assessment, financial feasibility, community engagement, whole of government engagement, statutory regime change and the other aspects required to push the project forward.

Dale Bristow

MA Town and Country Planning
Dale is a town planner with 20+ years experience. Trained in the UK, he was the Coordinator for Strategic Planning and Sustainability at Maroondah City Council, Victoria. He is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). He led the Greening the Greyfields project in Maroondah City Council. The project included extensive municipal level engagement to understand community aspirations for healthy and liveable neighbourhoods in the municipality.

Professor Peter Newton

PhD, MSc, BScResearch Professor in Sustainable Urbanism
Professor Peter Newton is a Research Professor in the area of sustainable built environments at Swinburne’s Centre for Urban Transitions. His research focus is on sustainable urban development, socio-technical innovation and urban transition studies, sustainable consumption and low carbon living, green economy transition, urban experimentation and performance assessment [via iHUB national network], and greyfield precinct regeneration.

Professor Newton has an established track record as a project leader of large competitive research grants [ARC Discovery projects, ARC LIEF projects, AHURI projects, Co-operative Research Centre projects etc), as a Research Program Leader in the CRC for Construction Innovation, & CRC for Low Carbon Living; and as Adviser to the Board of CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and member of the Board of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network - AURIN.

Prior to joining Swinburne, Professor Newton was Chief Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He is the author or editor of more than 20 books on cities, planning, and sustainability and in 2014 was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Ori Gudes

PhD, BScSenior Fellow, Built Environment, UNSW
Dr Gudes is an early career researcher with expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial analysis, and spatial science. His areas of research focus on: GIS and Health, spatial analysis, decision support systems, city analytics and usability evaluation. Dr Gudes has confirmed his international reputation as a leader in GIS and Health and urban planning research. He has established collaborations with US, Canadian and Israeli researchers in GIS through scientific committees, editorial board memberships, joint studies and conferences he has organised. He has been teaching GIS, web mapping, and spatial analysis courses and workshops since 2008 at both QUT, Griffith University, Curtin University and UNSW.

Lisa Garner

BArch, MArchGraduate architect at Fieldwork
Trained in architecture, with international and local experience in housing, Lisa led the design aspirations of Greening the Greyfields. This involved design research and testing to propose alternative housing models with a higher environmental and social performance. These provided the basis for visualisation and engagement, feasibility studies and recommended variations to existing planning controls. In conjunction with Maroondah city council she drafted the Design guidelines for future developments within the pilot precinct overlay to support improved design outcomes.

Aman Mehta

MBA, MSc, B.Arch.Strategic Planner
Aman is a planner/urban designer and an experienced programme manager with 25 years' practical experience in leading and managing teams. He also has 6 years teaching experience in urban design, housing policy, city planning and place making. He specialises in design-based approach to programme and project management. He led the engagement and design component of the Greening the Greyfields project at Maroondah City Council. He is passionate about applying innovative yet grounded stakeholder engagement techniques in delivering strategic planning and placemaking projects across diverse contexts.