Cities are still new frontiers

Half the world’s population now live in cities – a dramatic change that is still relatively recent. At the start of the nineteenth century, London was the only city that housed one million people. In human history, there is no precedent for vast numbers of people to be housed in urban concentrations – is it any wonder that we are finding it difficult to plan and manage our cities?

Cities are still new frontiers

Speaker bio: Associate Professor Trevor Budge

Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences

Trevor is a geographer-planner who has worked in urban, rural, regional, statutory and strategic planning since 1975, in Bendigo, Melbourne and Tasmania. His experience covers a wide variety of planning projects, demographic analysis, heritage and conservation studies, community consultation, planning appeals and panel hearings, regional studies, tourism promotion and marketing, and the provision of education and training programs.

He is widely acknowledged for his work in integrating land use planning with natural resource management plans and strategies and for his work in the planning and development of country towns where he has conducted over 400 workshops and community consultation programs.

Trevor has been awarded a Life Fellowship and Lifetime Achievement Award from the Planning Institute of Australia and in 2011 was awarded an AM - Member in the General Division in the Order of Australia ‘for service to town planning, particularly the development of regional and rural communities in Victoria, and to education’.