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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 the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc), 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 Coordinating 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

Further information



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

  • 2018: Linked semantic platforms for social & physical infrastructure & wellbeing *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2018: MR2204 Decarbonising the Built Environment - Book *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2018: MR2306 Guide to Low Carbon Precinct Design Assessment *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2017: Integrated Cities: Procuring Transport Infrastructure through Integrating Transport, Land Use and Finance *; Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre Funding for Pre-Project Activities
  • 2016: Developing and implementing the Greening the Greyfields frameworks and tools across Australia and New Zealand *; CRC For Spatial Information - 2
  • 2016: Linked Data PolicyHub Stage II: Urban & Regional Planning & Communications *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2015: Development and Trial of a Co-benefits Calculator *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2015: RP2018 Low Carbon Transitions of water and energy infrastructure in existing urban precincts. Phase *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2014: Assessing the Impact of Solar PV, Electricity Prices and Dwelling Energy Efficiency on Domestic Energy Consumption in Sydney: Exploring the possibility of Rebound effects *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2014: Transformation to Low Carbon Living: Social psychology of Low Carbon Behavioural Practice *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2013: Greening the Greyfields : Precinct visualisation & community engagement *; CRC For Spatial Information - 2
  • 2013: Processes for developing affordable and sustainable medium-density housing models for greyfields precincts *; AHURI Research Funding Scheme
  • 2013: Resource consumption and household affordability; the changing nature of utility costs and the distributional implications *; CRC for Low Carbon Living - Grant
  • 2013: Scoping Study for Precinct Design and Assessment Tools *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2013: Spatial Data Hub Project RP 3003 *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2013: Visions 2050 CRC Low Carbon Living *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2012: Modelling the benefits of Swarm Planning: a dynamic way of planning for future adaptation to climate change impacts *; Rubicon Research Grant
  • 2011: Green Shoots? Exploring the Genesis and Development of a Green Economy in Australia *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2011: Greening the greyfields - A spatial information platform for 21st century sustainable urban regeneration *; CRC For Spatial Information - 2
  • 2010: CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund to top-up Scholarship for Yion Ping (Christina) Ting *; CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Research Fund
  • 2010: Towards a New Development Model for Housing Regeneration in Greyfield Precincts *; AHURI Research Funding Scheme
  • 2009: Determinants of urban resource consumption *; Melbourne City Council
  • 2008: Consuming the Urban Environment . A Study of the Factors that Influence Resource Use in Australian Cities *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2008: Hybrid buildings project *; Arup Pty Ltd

* Chief Investigator