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Professor Peter Newton

Research 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. Here he has led ARC Discovery Projects on Sustainable Consumption as well as Green Economy Transition, AHURI and CRC SI projects on urban (greyfields) regeneration and CRC LCL projects on decarbonising the built environment.

Professor Newton is also a Research Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, where he has researched and published on decarbonisation of housing, transport and precincts in cities. He is a research partner in the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)  and since 2013 has been a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and a member of the Board of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network.

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.

Research interests

Urban planning; urban environmental performance; Technology change and cities; Community/ regional planning and development; Indicators of urban performance; State of environment/sustainability reporting; Liveability and sustainability of cities; sustainable consumption; carbon neutral built environments

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Sustainable Urbanism: The sustainability challenge of the 21st century will be primarily won or lost in the cities - where over 70% of the world’s population will live by 2050 and where over 85% of global economic output will be centred. PhD research projects are being sought in a range of areas where interventions can best effect transformative change.

Fields of Research

  • Urban And Regional Planning - 120500


  • 2017, Swinburne, Deans Award for Outstanding Researcher, Swinburne University of technology
  • 2016, Swinburne, VC Research Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2015, National, Award for Cutting Edge Research & Teaching, Planning Institute of Australia
  • 2014, National, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

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