San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Professor of Sustainability
Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University, Perth
Summary: Peter Newman has been driving policy changes towards sustainable transport in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne over the past 30 years. Much of his success has been because he works from the bottom up as well as the top down. After some reflections on this, his lecture will outline a new project in India where deliberative democracy has been planned into the structure of a street design exercise in Pune and a train and station upgrading exercise in Bangalore. Working with Janette Hartz-Karp from CUSP Peter will report on the first results of this work.
About the speaker: Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of CUSP in Fremantle. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. His books include ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013), ‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’(2009), ‘Green Urbanism Down Under’ (2009) and 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' with Jeff Kenworthy which was launched in the White House in 1999. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of Western Australia’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. In late 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia.