Built Environment research is about cities, people, places, property, buildings, design, infrastructure, environment, landscapes, institutions, and the complex interactions between them.

It addresses a spectrum of vital policy and theoretical issues across a range of scales from different disciplinary perspectives examining Australian and international problems. Our overall mission statement is geared towards designing, delivering and managing sustainable 21st century cities and all their critical elements.

The faculty offers a collegiate and supportive research environment facilitating high quality and innovative research by both staff and students.


Find a Supervisor

Prior to completing the Expression of Interest (EOI), you need to seek out and make contact with an appropriate supervisor for your proposed research project. Full details of the faculty’s application process can be accessed via How to ApplyAn EOI is not complete until a supervisor has been identified.

The ideal supervisor is knowledgeable of the proposed topic area and has substantial research experience, including the supervision of higher degree research students. You should familiarise yourself with the current as well as past research interests of your nominated supervisor. Take time, for example, to read through some recent publications as these can be relevant and useful to you when constructing the research proposal that will be included in your EOI.

Finding the right supervisor should involve a fair amount of research. To make this task easier, the faculty’s key areas of research interest and expertise are set out below: Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Design Practice and Management, Building and Other. By clicking on one, a menu will appear that lists the sub-categories associated with that area. By clicking on one of these you can access a full list of academic staff who have expertise in this field. Just click on a name and a full staff profile for that person will appear.

Alternatively, you can visit the staff web pages on the Built Environment websiteand search through individual names and programs (e.g. architecture, industrial design, urban design etc) to find someone who seems to best align with your research topic. 


Design Practice and Management

Urban and Regional Planning

Urban Design

Community Planning

Urban Analysis and Development

History and Theory of the Built Environment (excl. Architecture)

Land Use and Environmental Planning

Housing Markets, Development, Management

Transport Planning

Regional Analysis and Development