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Dr Peter Graham

Professorial Research Fellow
PhD, UNSW, Australia


Professor Peter Graham or 

Peter Graham is Professor – Smart Low Carbon Cities and Deputy Director of the Swinburne Centre for Urban Transitions. He is also Director of the Global Buildings Performance Network (, an international network of experts dedicated to achieving the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings sector and is a Board member of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe ( He has more than 15 years experience in international advocacy, research and education in sustainable building design, construction, evaluation and policy. Previously he has been the Technical Advisor and past Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative ( where he developed and managed many of UNEP’s key research projects and publications in the building sector. Recently he has supported international collaboration to improve building energy codes for the G20 and Major Economies Forum, and was a contributing author to IPCC AR5 Working Group 3 Buildings Chapter, the Global Energy Assessment, and UNEP Emissions Gap Report. He also led the content development, organizational strategy and implementation planning for the Paris COP21 Buildings Day and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction. 

Research interests

Strategic & Transformative Design: Sustainability; Housing and Urban Studies

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Architectural Science And Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure And Ecologically Sustainable Design) - 120104
  • Urban Analysis And Development - 120507


Also published as: Graham, Peter; Graham, P.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: COAG Rapid Review 3, Best practice policies for driving low carbon retrofit *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2018: City Knowledge Centre for Building Energy Policies *; Global Buildings Performance Network
  • 2018: Linked semantic platforms for social & physical infrastructure & wellbeing *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2018: Low Carbon Built Environment Knowledge Hub - stage 2 SP0008e2 *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2018: Renewable Energy Retrofitting and Energy Poverty in Low-income households *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: SP0019p7 Guide to Low Carbon SMEs *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2017: Incubator for Enhancing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance *; APEC Project Tenders
  • 2016: Sleepwalking to disaster. Landuse & transport planning decisions making reviewed against climate change priorities in contemporary Australian cities *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2016: SP0008 Low Carbon Built Environment Knowledge Hub *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2014: Student research agreement for Tomi Winfree *; CRC Low Carbon Living

* Chief Investigator