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Overview

Current Work

My work focuses on planning better cities with strong environmental credentials. I am interested in adapting cities to climate change, reducing their carbon footprints, renewable energy transitions, green infrastructure uptake, housing policy and design, heritage management, public art and sustainable urban design.

I am a frequent media contributor, reflecting my belief that urban issues are of broad public interest and benefit from public discussion. I regularly contribute to television, radio, newspapers and online media. My multi award-winning ABC radio show, ‘The Urban Squeeze’, recently finished it’s second season.

I am currently managing several research grants. The largest, an ARC Discovery Grant (DP160102526), is entitled, 'Connecting Social Policy and Urban Planning for a Low Carbon Future'. It aims to identify synergies between environmental, economic and social policies that can move Australia towards a low carbon economy with low carbon and socially inclusive cities. The research program engages the community, scientists and policy makers in re-imagining Australia's future.
 

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Expertise Keywords

  • Strategic decision-making
  • Urban Change
  • Urban development

Subject Area Codes

  • BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN

Country Affiliations

  • Ireland

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 17 (Other: 17)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Invitations

  • Keynote Address
    Tell Me More Series: Third Places,   Scentre Group,   2018,  
  • Keynote Address
    The high-rise future of schools: Maximising student learning outcomes through quality environmental design,   School Infrastructure Summit,   2018,  
  • Panelist
    Future Directions - Planners not Planning,   Planning Institute of Australia,   2018,  
  • Keynote Address
    The functions, benefits & services of Green Infrastructure for rapidly growing cities,   Arboriculture Australia,   2018,  

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Trimester 1, 2017.
  • Adv Nat Res Planning Studio (7512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2016.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2018.
  • Adv Nat Res Planning Studio (7512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Adv Nat Res Planning Studio (7512ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2018.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Gold Coast Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Nat Res Planning Studio (3512ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Understanding Aust Cities (1037ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2017.
  • Adv Nat Res Planning Studio (7512ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.
  • Adv Nat Res Planning Studio (7512ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Bio

Dr Tony Matthews is an Urban & Environmental planner with a strong track record in research, teaching and practice. He is widely published and cited in international planning literature aimed at scholars, students and practitioners.

His research interests include: the interplay between planning and environmental management; climate change adaptation; green infrastructure; community-led engagement in planning processes, place-making; policy creation; resource management; and urban consolidation. Dr Matthews has successfully competed for substantial research funding in recent years, with awards from CSIRO and the Australian Research Council amongst others.

Dr Matthews has 15 years of teaching experience in the university adult education sectors. He has convened numerous courses, written and developed curricula, delivered lectures, studios and workshops, set and marked assessments, managed results reporting and provided targeted consultation to students.

Dr Matthews holds the professional designation of Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI). He has experience of planning practice at local, state and national government levels. He has contributed to strategic, multi-disciplinary consultancy projects focused on urban and regional development in Australia and elsewhere. He has extensive experience of community-led engagement in urban planning activities and was a founder member of the Shandon Area Renewal Association, a voluntary community organisation based in Cork, Ireland.
 

Education and Training

  • BA Bachelor of Arts, University College Cork 1998 - 2001
  • MA Master Of Arts, University College Cork 2001 - 2002
  • MUrb RegPlan Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, University College Cork 2007 - 2009

Awards and Honours

  • Queensland Award for Planning Excellence (Teaching & Research), Planning Institute of Australia 2017 - 2017
  • Overall Award for Planning Excellence (Queensland), Planning Institute of Australia 2017 - 2017
  • National Award for Planning Excellence (Teaching & Research), Planning Institute of Australia 2018 - 2018

Professional experience

  • Tony earned the professional designation of Chartered Town Planner through the Royal Town Planning Institute based on an assessment of 2 years of his professional practice., Royal Town Planning Institute 2010 - 2013

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Member (MRTPI), Royal Town Planning Institute -
  • Member (MPIA), Planning Institute of Australia -
  • ACRN Member, Australian Cities Research Network
  • AECURN Queensland Chair, Australasian Early Career Urban Reserach Network (AECURN) 2013 - 2015