Conference speakers

Key speakers

Professor Vincent Nadin (Delft University of Technology)

Vincent Nadin is Professor of Spatial Planning in the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He has conducted extensive comparative research on planning systems and policies in Europe and is joint author of European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation and Town and Country Planning in the UK (London: Routledge), and editor-in-chief of the international peer reviewed journal Planning Practice and Research (Routledge). He has presented more than 60 invited papers in about 30 countries and has received sponsorship from numerous international bodies including the OECD, UNESCO, UNECE, and others. Professor Nadin reported on the nature of peri-urban development and planning policy responses across Europe, and commented on the same in China.

Professor Makoto Yokohari (University of Tokyo)

Makoto Yokohari is a Professor at the Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. He has conducted substantial research on planning concepts of green open spaces at the urban fringe areas of Asian megacities. Professor Yokohari provided a particular focus on Japan's large metropolitan areas, their green belts and their relationship with their hinterland and the emerging peri-urban areas of other Asian settings.

Professor Graeme Hugo (The University of Adelaide)

Graeme Hugo is an Australian Professorial Fellow and the Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. He is one of Australia’s leading demographers and currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Demography and Liveability of the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. He presented a national and international perspective on demographic change in peri-urban areas and the unique challenges they present to policy makers and communities.

Professor Michael Buxton (RMIT University)

Michael Buxton is Professor of Environment and Planning at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University. Michael heads a research team carrying out extensive research into peri-urban regions. This team’s national and Victorian studies have investigated the nature and extent of contemporary peri-urban regions in Australia; identified future patterns of socio-economic, environmental change in peri-urban landscapes; and developed scenarios for future land use and management based on 'business as usual', interventionist and deregulated options. Michael’s keynote presentation addressed the integration of regional settlement with rural land protection and investigated scenarios for peri-urban planning.

Conference opened by: Professor John Dewar (La Trobe University)

John Dewar is Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University. He is committed to La Trobe reaching out to communities that traditionally have not been able to participate in higher education. La Trobe has a strong mission to serve Melbourne’s northern suburbs, metropolitan fringe and peri-urban areas and regional Victoria. Professor Dewar discussed how universities in peri-urban regions can better respond to the needs of the diverse communities they serve, the role of the university in the local economy and the contribution of the university to the social and cultural life of the region.

Speaker biographies


Steven Abbott: Looking outward to the future – why networked regional cities hold the key to successful policy at the fringe of our largest metropolises.

Steven Abbott is a strategic planner at the City of Greater Bendigo. He has diverse land use planning experience in a regional setting having worked in Glenelg and Greater Bendigo. This has included projects such as developing a planning response to land use conflicts between intensive animal industries and rural-residential uses. It has also included strategic planning at the urban-rural interface in the form of Precinct Structure Planning and wider settlement planning (such as the Bendigo Residential Development Strategy). Steven believes that the momentum of the regional cities across Australia are providing genuine alternative for people to capital cities and, with the right policy environment, can alleviate the pressures that come from peri urban settlement.

Marco Amati: Place-based marketing of locations online: Understanding the ‘peri-urbanity’ of local government websites in Victoria and New South Wales.

Marco Amati is a Senior Lecturer at LaTrobe University, Bendigo campus. Prior to that he worked at Macquarie University and Massey University in New Zealand. His interests are in e-planning, planning history and green spaces.

Tania Asper: Creating better places by providing for a changing community.

Tania Asper is the Urban Triangle Placemaker at Yarra Ranges Council. With formal qualifications in Town Planning and Environmental Law, she has worked extensively in the private sector throughout Australia and the UK. Tania describes herself as a "specialist generalist" having a strategic planning focus balanced with strong statutory skills and a keen commercial awareness. After leading the Planning Team at HASSELL Sydney for six years where she worked on large scale master plan and city centre revitalisation projects, Tania moved to London to sharpen her skills in large scale urban regeneration projects. These skills are now being put to good use at Yarra Ranges Council where significant population growth is expected through key redevelopment sites such as the former Sibelco Quarry and former Swinburne sites in Lilydale.

Stephen Axford and Dean Savage: Strategic planning in Melbourne’s Peri-Urban Area: A Case Study.

Stephen Axford, Director of AOS, has been instrumental in introducing new visualization techniques into the Australian market and continues an interest in the use of emerging communication technologies to achieve more effective engagement in place design and strategic planning projects.

Dean Savage is a Senior Town Planner with Perry Town Planning. He has a Masters of Social Science (Environment and Planning) and comes to the field with a background in Journalism and Federal politics. Dean has assumed a coordination role on a range of urban planning tasks including strategic and statutory planning projects including the recently completed Baw Baw Shire Settlement Management Plan.

Diana Bell: The impact of pokies on newly forming communities.

Diana is a Masters Research candidate supervised by Professor John McDonald, Dean of School of Education and Arts, University of Ballarat. This study is part of a larger project funded by the Australian Research Council in partnership with the Victorian Local Governance Association. She also works as a social policy officer with Maroondah City Council. In her role there, Diana is closely involved in community health and wellbeing planning. She also contributes to the assessment of social and economic impacts of gaming applications in the Eastern region, and convenes the Eastern Region Gambling Group, a local network that aims to minimise gambling-related harms.

Anita Buczkowsky and Greg Hunt: Horticulture or Housing? Developing a master plan to retain agricultural land in Melbourne's south east peri urban areas.

Anita Buczkowsky is the Manager of thge Southern Melbourne RDA. Greg Hunt is an RDA Committee member and chaired the project steering committee.

Trevor Budge: Return to Nothing: Securing your new community in the peri-urban.

Associate Professor Trevor Budge (AM) is the Coordinator of the Community Planning and Development Program at La Trobe’s Bendigo campus.  Trevor has a strong practice, research, consulting and publishing record in the field of rural and regional communities, planning and community development.  Trevor has a strong background in food security and 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.

Edgar Burns: Provision of professional services in peri-urban spaces.

Edgar Burns is a sociology lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia. Based on the Bendigo campus he teaches sociology of health and sociology of communities as well as teaching into the university's planning degree based at Bendigo.  Research interests include professions and professional work and performance. He supervises a range of postgraduate topics.

Andrew Butt: Amenity, landscape and forms of peri-urbanisation around Melbourne, Australia.

Andrew is a senior lecturer in the Planning and Community Development Program at La Trobe University, Bendigo. His research includes analysis of population change in rural and peri-urban areas, planning issues in rural landscapes and the professional perspectives of rural planners.

Angela Castles: Beneath the messy agriscapes: spaces in between.

Angela Castles is a PhD researcher with the Institute of Regional Development in Burnie, currently investigating planning for productive activity in peri urban areas. She has a postgraduate qualification in land use planning and an honours degree in public policy. Angela has experience in regional development and governance, community engagement and development and land use planning and strategy. She has worked at senior management level in Tasmanian local government and as a consultant on public and private projects. Angela is also currently involved in delivering and supporting post graduate units for UTas. Angela’s research interests focus on agricultural transformation and innovation and what they mean for policy making and land use planning; the emergence of new market spaces in fringe areas and their implications for regional and rural development; and alternative agrifood business models and their relationship to rural resilience.

Sheeba Chander: Modeling Peri – Urban Areas in an Indian Context – A Case Study of Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA)

Sheeba Chander did her Under Graduation in Architecture from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Calicut, Kerala in the year 1989. She completed her post graduation in Town and Country Planning (M.T.P), from School of Architecture and Planning (SAP), Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu in the year 1998. She is on the verge of completing her Doctoral Research in the field of Peri Urban Areas. She is currently heading the School of Architecture, Hindustan University, Chennai and has got an academic experience of 22 years in the field of Architecture and Planning. She has been instrumental in the start of PG courses, conduct of various national and international conferences and workshops which have been a grand success. She has published a number of papers regarding Peri Urban Areas in National/International Conferences/Journals. Her areas of research interest are Sustainable Peri Urban Development, Urban Land Management, Urban Housing, Sustainable Architecture & Development and Cost Effective housing.

Fiona Curran-Cournane: Understanding tradeoffs between high class land and development, and future pressures on Auckland’s soil resources.

Dr. Fiona Curran-Cournane is a land and soil scientist at Auckland Council in the Environmental Science team within the wider Research Investigations and Monitoring Unit (RIMU). Fiona joined Auckland Council in 2011 after completing a PhD at Lincoln University and AgResearch in 2010. Fiona manages the council’s soil and sediment monitoring programmes and has a keen interest in understanding land pressures as a result of changing land use and population growth within Auckland.

Lin Crase: Where’s the water gone? A reflection of water policy decision under pressure of drought.

Professor Lin Crase is Director of the Centre for Water Policy and Management at La Trobe University. His work covers economic and policy analysis of decisions that affect water resource management. He has published 4 books and over 90 refereed journal articles along with numerous reports. With his colleagues in the Centre he regularly advises government and non-government agencies in Australia and abroad.

Anne Donovan and David Edwards: Peri Urban: the space between metro and regional cities (title TBC)

Councillor David Edwards has 25 years’ experience in the Aviation Industry.  David started out as an apprentice with Ansett in 1988 and held numerous positions including management and later in quality management and regulation.   David moved to the Department of Defence in 2002 and is currently an auditor for technical regulations and is responsible for reviewing, interpreting and producing regulatory product.   David has always been involved in the local Bacchus Marsh community and has been on many local committees, including numerous sporting clubs .  David's community participation led him to run for local government, and in 2012 he was elected East Moorabool Ward Councillor.  David was elected as Moorabool’s representative for the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils October 2012 and was subsequently nominated Chair.  David also chairs the Moorabool Landcare Advisory Committee and the Moorabool Urban Growth Strategy Committee.  

Anne Donovan has worked in both state and local government and community sector organisations. This has enabled Anne to build a unique set of skills and knowledge combining community development, housing, regional planning, land use and social planning and in-depth knowledge of a range of community issues. Anne was appointed as the inaugural Executive Officer, Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils in March 2013. 

Bill Fish & Kath Phelan: Scenario Modelling – A Peri-Urban Futures Initiative.

Bill Fish is a senior spatial analyst with eight years experience in the public and private sectors. His analytical skills have been applied across work for the Victorian Emergency Services, Mapping and Analysis in Environmental Consulting and most recently in joint Peri-urban research and scenario modelling work in conjunction with RMIT.

Kath Phelan is a researcher at RMIT. She previously worked in research in the Victorian state government’s Department of Planning and Community Development, building on her doctoral work in urban planning in the United States. Kath has taught as a sessional tutor and lecturer at RMIT in the urban planning program. She also has experience and qualifications in construction management, quantity surveying and architecture.

Nicholas Gill, Shaun McKiernan, Vicki Ikutegbe: Digging into the Drivers: Cultural environmental research and peri-urban natural resource management – the case of invasive plants.

Nicholas Gill is a human geographer at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong. He has conducted research into household responses to climate change, and landholder stewardship in Australian rangelands and more recently in high amenity rural landscapes in SE Australia. He is co-author of 'Household Sustainability: Challenges and Dilemmas in Everyday Life' (Edward Elgar 2013).

Shaun McKiernan is a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong. His honours research was on human-animal relations in the urban environment with a case study of the Australian White Ibis. His PhD project concerns invasive plant management by peri-urban landholders.

Vicki Ikutegbe is a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong. Her honours research was on the food value and microbiology of smoked fish in Nigerian markets. Her PhD project concerns garden establishment by peri-urban landholders.


Peter Houston: If planning is everything, maybe that’s the problem? Reflections on efforts to protect agricultural land in Australia’s peri-urban regions  and; Putting “peri-urban” on the map: ideas for an Australian Peri-urban Observatory.

Peter Houston has more than 25 years experience in rural planning and resource management, working mainly at the interface between agriculture and land use policy. He currently holds the position of Strategic Planner with the Department of Primary Industries & Regions SA where, for the past decade, he has been closely involved in PIRSA’s engagement in land use policy at local, State and national levels. Before joining PIRSA he undertook post-graduate research into the public policy treatment of agriculture in peri-urban regions at the University of Melbourne and, prior to that, taught full-time in the Urban & Regional Planning program at the University of South Australia. He has qualifications in urban & regional planning and in natural resource management, and has published a number of articles, jointly and separately, on aspects of rural and peri-urban development in Australia.

Heather Johnson: Forming Community in a Context of Growth in Population and Diversity.

Heather Johnson has a background in Health and Community Services leadership and management. She has experience in a wide range of organisations and communities and holds masters qualifications in business administration and human services management. She has been involved in community planning and infrastructure development in a number of different settings.

David Jones: The challenge of being heard: Understanding coastal urban and peri-urban Aboriginal People’s vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change.


David Jones: Can a modelling exercise be developed to aid and foster sustainable planning processes and guide the future growth of a small coastal Austrlaian city?

Professor David Jones is foundation director of the planning and landscape architecture programs at Deakin University.  His current research is focused on values led planning and indigenous landscape values; resilience and peri-urbanisation of the landscape; climate change adaptation for human settlements, planning for natural resource management, strategic post disaster recovery and the relationship between science and planning.

Kirsten Larsen & Chris Ryan: Can Food Hubs Catalyse Health and Resilient Per-Urban Food Systems?

Kirsten Larsen has been investigating the ins and outs of all things food for around 7 years. From a background in state government sustainability, climate and food policy, Kirsten turned to systemic analysis of food security and sustainability and has been involved in development and implementation of Food Policies at state and local government levels. With the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne, she has focused on analysing and communicating the technical and social innovations that change what is possible – and bring healthy communities and ecosystems closer.

Chris Ryan is Director of VEIL and has worked for over 30 years across various areas of science, technology, environmental policy and design, and in projects that span the community sector, academia, government and international agencies and business. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Industrial Ecology (Yale University). He is a member of the Board of the Banksia Foundation Australia and was Director – Curator of the Victorian Deakin Lectures 09: Climate and Innovation: Building the low Carbon Economy Now. He is joint editor of Design for Sustainability – a step by step guide; UN Environment Program Paris, 2009. He joined the University of Melbourne in 2006 as Professor and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Science Innovation and society and as Director of the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab. He was theme leader Sustainable Cities for the Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute Tanya Massy: is currently completing her Masters in Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne, and is working as a project officer at the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab.

Albert Llausàs Pascual: Planning and landscape in peri-urban Victoria: setting environmental objectives to assess the current state.

Dr Albert Llausàs is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Land and Environment at the University of Melbourne from 2012-2014. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Girona, in Catalonia (Spain). Albert started his research activity as a landscape ecologist with a strong focus on quantitative methods utilizing Geographic Information Systems to identify changes in patterns and ecological functions, particularly in Mediterranean cultural landscapes. He has worked as an analyst officer in the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia developing landscape indicators before moving to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) to explore issues related with the delivery of Green Infrastructure, particularly under the influence of climate change.  Currently, Albert is conducting research addressing agricultural land abandonment and natural resource management in peri-urban areas of Victoria including the social perceptions and preferences for future development of local landscapes.

Joanna Lebbink: Yarra Ranges Council Biodiversity Offsets Program

Joanna Lebbink studied at The University of Melbourne and has completed a double degree in Science/Forestry with a major in Botany. Joanna’s career in the natural resource field commenced in 2005 and has included experience with both local and state government as well as private consulting. Joanna has strong experience in market based mechanisms to reduce and offset ecological impacts caused by development. Joanna’s current role with the Yarra Ranges Council as Biodiversity Offsets Officer has involved developing an innovative vegetation offsets program that aims to achieve positive ecological outcomes while reducing unnecessary “green tape”.

Nicholas Loder: ‘Are you going to Washington Square – building age, memory and time?’ - an exploratory workshop for new community consultation thinking.

Nicholas Loder holds a bachelor degree in architecture, a masters degree in the built environment, a graduate diploma in public sector management and a Cert IV in workplace training and assessment. Since 2003, he had worked with the Land and Housing Corporation, (LAHC) (previously Housing NSW) and previously worked in numerous small to medium sized architectural firms on heritage, industrial, educational, commercial, multi-residential and detention type projects.. Nicholas is currently the LAHC representative on the UDIA Seniors’ Living subcommittee, The Home Modification & Maintenance Service Advisory Committee run through the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of NSW and recently is the NSW representative for the Australian Network of Universal Housing Design. Nicholas is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW, and a committee member of the NSW Chapter of the Australasian Housing Institute.

Basant Maheshwari: Balanced Urban Growth – Is it a myth or reality?

Professor Basant Maheshwari has over 30 years professional experience in the higher education sector, with a particular focus on teaching, learning and researching related to water management, irrigation, environmental management and regional water resources planning. In addition to his professional experience of over 25 years in Australia, he has worked in India for several years and spent sabbatical in the USA, Japan and the Philippines. During the last five years, he was involved in trans-disciplinary approach to water research and focussed on understanding how water, landscape and people at the interface of urban and rural fringe (peri-urban) interact and influence the environment and sustainability. His work involved modelling and analysing the water cycle for long-term water resource planning at regional level and examining the implications of social, economic, cultural, policy and institutional aspects of water cycle management. An important learning out of this was that engaging community, government agencies and other stakeholders is critical to address significant, local water and sustainability challenges. He has over 150 publications, including more than 50 journal articles in peer reviewed, international journals.

Nur Melati Zamri: Conceptualising creative city through characterising the creative milieu in central Geelong.

Ms Nur Melati Zamri is a postgraduate Master of Architecture candidate with a passion for place making and regional city renovation and ideation.

Andrew Millington: McLaren Vale - south of Adelaide: changing identities of a peri-urban, premier wine region.  and;
Managing Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services in Peri-Urban Areas: A Workshop on Assessment and Valuation Methods

Andrew Millington is Foundation Dean of the Flinders School of the Environment and Professor of Land Change Science. He has worked on land use change and natural resources issues in Australia, the Americas, Africa and Europe.

Paul McFarland: It’s All About Growth: Peri-urban Planning in ‘The Bush’.

Paul McFarland is a lecturer in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of New England, Armidale, a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and has over 20 years practice in local government planning. His main research interests are in land use planning regulatory systems; and, land use policies and growth in the context of non-urban land.

David McLaren: Peri-Urban environments and weed invasion: issues, consequences and solutions.

Dr David McLaren David completed his PhD on “Insect damage to young plantation grown Eucalypts in Mount Gambier, South Australia, with particular reference to selected lepidoptera” at La Trobe University in 1989. David is a Principal Research Scientist working for the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries and La Trobe University who since 2002 has successfully led more than $5 million of Federal and State Government funded projects on Weeds of National Significance and State Priority Weeds. David is an entomologist and a weed ecologist and the Weed Sciences team have worked extensively on serrated tussock and Chilean needle grass and several new and emerging weeds. David specialises in developing integrated weed management solutions for controlling serious agricultural and environmental weeds and has also led biological control projects on ragwort and more recently Chilean needle grass.

Gabby McMillan and Lidia Orsini: What is so scary about planning for bushfire?

Gabby McMillan currently works as a Land Use Planning Coordinator at the CFA. Prior to that Gabby worked at the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) as an environmental planner, managing the environmental impact assessment of state significant projects. Gabby has 12 years experience working as a planner in the public and private sector, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom.

Lidia Orsini is currently the Manager of Strategic Land Use Planning at the CFA. Lidia has previously worked for DPCD on the introduction of the new bushfire provisions into the Victoria Planning Provisions. Lidia has 20 years experience working as a strategic planner in both the public and private sectors.

Tim Peggie: Planning for resilient, connected and well-serviced communities

Tim Peggie holds the position of Director - Structure Planning at the Growth Areas Authority and is responsible for the preparation, management and delivery of Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) in Melbourne’s Growth Areas.Tim is currently responsible for the PSP outcomes in the municipalities of Melton City Council, Hume City Council, Whittlesea City Council and Mitchell Shire Council.Prior to joining the GAA, Tim was employed as a Senior Associate at The Planning Group Australia. Here he worked on a number of large scale masterplanned estates, strategic assessments and infill development sites. Tim has also worked in local government roles in both the United Kingdom and Australia.Tim is committed to creating new communities that are unique, resilient, equitable and sustainable.

Mark Pepping: Peri-Urban Areas – Where Two Worlds Meet as One.

Mark has a Bachelor Degree in Town Planning from the University of New South Wales completed in 1991. He has worked in 6 Local Councils in both Metropolitan and urban fringe locations. Mark is currently the Group Manager Strategic and Assets at Wingecarribee Shire Council and has been there for eight and a half. As Manager Mark is responsible for a wide portfolio including Land Use Planning, Developer Contributions, Recreation Planning, Heritage Conservation, Transportation Planning, Social Planning and Community Development, Community Engagement, Children’s Services and more recently management of Council’s Assets.

Francine Rochford: The right to farm - comparative constraints.

Much of my recent research relates to sustainability of water resources, both in Australia and in the global context. I have formed a number of collaborations in this area, both in Australia and overseas. I am involved in a funded project with the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research I have collaborated with the Centre for Regional Sustainable Communities at the Bendigo campus in a Workshop and publication on social adaptation to climate change, have been involved with the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and the Agri-Food Research Network.

Nick Rose: The creative food economy and its applicability to southern Melbourne.

Nick Rose has had a varied career across three continents that has embraced employment law, whistleblowing research, human rights institution building in Central America and local food advocacy in Australia. In 2013 he completed a PhD in political ecology, investigating the effectiveness of the international movement for food sovereignty. His PhD research explored the campaigns of La Via Campesina, as well as his personal involvement with the Food Connect Foundation in Brisbane and as the co-founder and national co-ordinator of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. He is a member of the Australian Food Hubs Network, and in June 2013 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the United States and Argentina to investigate the growth of urban agriculture. The results are keenly anticipated by urban farmers in Australia, who see it as helping to provide the impetus for a qualitative shift in the perception of urban agriculture amongst Australian makers.

Harpinder Sandhu: Future proofing peri-urban agriculture: methods to quantify and value ecosystem services. And;
Managing Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services in Peri-Urban Areas: A Workshop on Assessment and Valuation Methods.

Harpinder Sandhu is a Research Fellow in the School of the Environment, Flinders University, South Australia. His research focuses on ecosystem services in managed landscapes. Harpinder also works on poverty-environment interactions in developing countries with their implications for equitable and sustainable development. He is also interested in land use and land cover change and its impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Ian Sinclair: Growing Food in a Residential Landscape.

Ian Sinclair is the Principal Consultant with Edge Land Planning, a consultancy specialising in rural strategic planning for Local and State Government and a part time lecturer in Rural Planning and Strategic Planning at the University of NSW, Faculty of the Built Environment. Ian has had 26 years experience working in rural areas – in Local Government as well as consulting in more than 30 Council areas across NSW and Queensland. He is also a candidate for a PhD at Sydney University where he is investigating the topic of planning for the land that grows food, with a focus on the metropolitan fringe and the need to consider it as a part of strategic planning and development assessment. He has also co-authored the Rural Planning Chapter in Planning Australia – Issues for Urban and Regional Planning. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and Member of the American Planners Association.

Christine Slade: The Nexus of Food Systems, Governance and Resilience on the Edge: A Case Study of the Sunshine Coast in South-East Queensland.

Christine Slade is a social planner who has been researching the relationship between food systems, governance and food security since 2007. She was previously a member of the La Trobe Bendigo Community Development and Planning Research team which undertook a number of food-related projects. She is currently a lecturer in Rural and Regional Sustainability at the University of the Sunshine Coast and finalising a PhD thesis that uses food security case studies to critique local government's capacity to respond to complex sustainability challenges. Christine contributed a chapter about the 'Institutional Capacity of Local Government to Embed Food Security into Policy' in Farmar-Bowers, Higgins & Millar (2013) Food Security in Australia and was lead author in the recently published NCCARF report 'Creating a Climate for Food Security: Governance and Policy in Australia'.

Peter Stevens: On Scale and Abundance – rewatering the peri-urban landscapes of Australia as a physical, social and economic imperative

Peter has qualifications in Architecture and Environmental Management, is the recipient of a locally coveted Alfred Sharpe Award for Community Landscape Design and is an experienced advocate for nature-based design reforms. After 15 years as the manager of iconic protected areas Peter is lecturing in disaster preparedness and sustainable redevelopment, whilst reviewing controversial reforms undertaken on the University of Newcastle Bushland Campus between 1990 and 2005. Peter has evidence to suggest that the peri-urban landscape is the very best place to make the quantum advances in design and human habitat development in the light of known harms. A recent windfall contract to review the heritage fabric and narrative on P.A.Yeomans’ Keyline demonstration property Yobarnie in the North West Sydney Growth Centre has given Peter additional fodder for his argument that we must move rapidly away from the anthropocentric habits of dewatering the Australian landscape.

Brian Stockwell: Peri-Urban Food Futures: Opportunities and challenges to reconfiguring sustainable local agri-food value chains on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. and; Understanding the role of disturbance in peri-urban.

Brian Stockwell is currently a Manager of Economic Development in the Queensland Government providing services to business and industry. In this position Brian has lead a series of food value chain projects for the South East Queensland Region. Brian was previously the Principal Catchment Ecologist leading sustainable agricultural initiatives for the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. Brian has 29 years experience in state and local government covering roles in economic development, sustainable agriculture, statutory and environmental planning, catchment management and river rehabilitation. He has devised, developed and driven the establishment of a number of state and national award winning plans, programs, and community based natural resource management. Brian has a Master in Natural Resources, Post Graduate in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Economics). He has recently completed his doctoral research at the University of the Sunshine Coast entitled: “Fragticulture: Reconfiguring agricultural systems to enhance resilience and sustainability in fragmented coastal peri-urban catchments”.

Elizabeth Taylor: Frankenstein’s chicken: Understanding local opposition to industrial broiler farms.

Dr Elizabeth Taylor is a McKenzie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Her post doctoral work explores the policy and legal dynamics of so-called 'NIMBY' (not in my back yard) land use conflicts. Dr Taylor was previously a housing and planning researcher at the AHURI-RMIT Research Centre.

Piyush Tiwari: Property Market, Social and Political Impacts of Special Economic Zones Development on Peri-Urban Areas in India: A Case of Hyderabad.

Dr Piyush Tiwari is Associate Professor of Property at University of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to his current position he was Director – Policy at Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), India, where he was responsible for formulating policies for private financing of urban infrastructure in close cooperation with national and state governments. He was also editor of India Infrastructure Report 2011 on Water. Earlier, he was Senior Lecturer (Property) and Program Leader, MSc (International Real Estate Markets) at the Business School, University of Aberdeen, UK. He has held positions at the largest mortgage company, HDFC, India and the University of Tsukuba, Japan. His research interests include infrastructure policy, housing economics and mortgages, commercial real estate investment, and financing infrastructure in developing countries. He has published numerous research papers on issues related to real estate and infrastructure. He has published a book titled ‘International Real Estate Economics’. He is Member, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). His other professional activities include Director, Asian Real Estate Society and Associate Editor, International Real Estate Review. He is also on the Editorial Board of Property Management, an Emerald journal

Alexander Wandl: Putting Territories-in-between on the Map.

DI Alexander Wandl, MSc is a PhD candidate at the chair of Spatial Planning and Strategy at the department of Urbanism. He started his doctoral research in October 2010 under the supervision of prof. Vincent Nadin, prof. Wil Zonneveld and dr. Remon Rooij. His research projects concentrate on planning in territories-in-between. Which he defines as areas that blend urban and rural features but cannot be explained by the intensification of urban uses in the rural. He also holds a position as guest lecturer at the department of urbanism and teaches students of the European postgraduate master (EMU) in planning and design support tools.

Angela Wardell-Johnson: Environmental values and sense of place in the peri-urban landscape.

Angela Wardell-Johnson is an Environmental Sociologist working as a Senior Research Fellow with the USC Research Futures Collaborative Research Network, based in the School of Social Sciences. Angela mostly works in rural and agricultural landscapes to understand how people make decisions. Angela uses environmental discourse, social capital and sense of place as a way of exploring the concepts of food security, biodiversity and social resilience.

Stacey Warmuth, Kym Saunders and Simon Denby: Urban Fringe Weed Management Initiative - a collaborative approach to weed management.

Stacey Warmuth is the Urban Fringe Weed Management Initiative Project Coordinator with Nillumbik Shire Council. Kym Saunders is the Urban Fringe Weed Management Initiative Project Coordinator with Yarra Ranges Council. Simon Denby is the program manager for invasive species with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Naduni Wickramaarachchi: Regional cities- The place to be?

Naduni Wickramaarachchi (BA (Hons) in Sociology, MA in Sociology, MA in Community Development and Planning) is a researcher with La Trobe University, Bendigo. Her research focuses on international skilled migrants, children’s mobility and gender equity.

David Wilkinson: Growing jobs in the outer suburbs.

David Wilkinson is the manager of Economic Development at the City of Casey in Melbourne’s South East. He has worked at the City of Casey for over five years and for the last three and a half years as manager of the Councils Economic Development Department. Immediately prior to moving to Australia with his family in 2007 he ran his own town planning and development consultancy in the UK. He has had extensive Local Government experience in the UK working in a statutory planning role before moving into an urban regeneration team and taking a lead role in a major town centre project in the North West of England. In 2002 he was appointed as the Executive Director for the Built Environment at Fylde Borough Council in England’s North West with responsibility for statutory planning, strategic planning, building services, economic development and housing. He has over 25 years experience in the planning and economic development field. He is currently a board member of the South East Local Learning and Employment Network (SELLEN) and was until July 2012 a member of the Southern Melbourne Committee of Regional Development Australia. He was also Chairperson of MSE (Melbourne’s South East Economic Development Group) leading a team of representatives from 10 Councils in delivering actions relating to the new Economic Development Strategy for South East Melbourne.

David Williams: Peri-urban environments: the ‘x factor’ for plant pests and diseases.

David Williams is Principal Research Scientist – Invertebrate Sciences in the Biosciences Research Division of the Victorian state government Department of Environment and Primary Industries.  He has 37 years of experience in pest management research, development, extension, and industry adoption of technology especially in the pome and stone fruit industries, as well as biosecurity emergency response.  David leads the Invertebrate Sciences Section at DEPI Tatura and his team has been instrumental in the development of pest management systems that reduce reliance on pesticide sprays.

Peter Williams: Governance, property rights and planning in Peri-urban areas: Sydney case study.

Peter Williams is a senior lecturer in the Planning and Urban Development Program, Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales.

Michael Wohlstadt: Food from Farmers

Michael Wohlstadt has been a local government and private consultant planner for 35 years. He established Planning Advisory Services in 1985 specialising in policy and organisational planning, and development assessment in peri‐urban locations. He has undertaken considerable work in remote regions of SA, NT and WA. Michael has been conferred 19 Awards for a wide range of rural, urban, design and community projects. Concurrent with his profession, Michael has been a Barossa farmer for 40 years. He milks a very small Jersey herd, runs 50 free range Berkshire pigs, produces wine grapes for Grant Burge Wines, produces 200kg of artisan pork weekly for the wholesale and retail sectors, and operates the Dairyman’s Cottage B+B. He is chair of the Barossa Farmers Market. Michael combines his farming experience with his strategic planning expertise to advocate for better management of the peri urban environment and sustainable urban development.

Heather Zeppel: Carbon management by peri-urban cities in Queensland.

Associate Professor Heather Zeppel is a Mid-Career Research Fellow, University of Southern Queensland, within the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development. Her research interests include carbon management and environmental sustainability by local government and tourism operators. In 2012, Heather led a climate change mitigation survey of 32 Queensland councils, commissioned by Local Government Infrastructure Services. A pilot survey of 14 Greater Adelaide councils was also conducted in 2011. Heather is a member of the Sustainable Councils Network (NSW)and the Local Government Research Network.