People

Professor Susan Thompson

City Planning UG, City Planning, Research Centre Staff, City Futures Research Centre, People and Place
With a foundation in public sector planning practice, I joined UNSW over 25 years ago with a mission to investigate the relationship between people and place in terms of cultural diversity, health and wellbeing. I am one of the pioneers of urban planning for wellbeing in Australia.
 
Research translation and impact in the real world are fundamental to the way I work. My research, teaching and outreach activities all focus on how to plan cities in ways that make it easy for people to engage in health-supportive behaviours as part of everyday living.
 
My field is of critical importance because we are in the midst of a global explosion of chronic diseases (such as obesity, diabetes and mental illness) – all directly related to our sedentary, car-based, isolated lifestyles and all costing us economically and socially. At UNSW Built Environment we talk about building resilient and healthy cities, which is central to what I do.
Room: 
3013
Building: 
Red Centre West Wing
Phone: 
54395
Fax: 
54507
Bio: 
Professor Susan Thompson's academic career, researching and teaching in the built environments, is grounded in professional practice. She joined UNSW in 1991 after holding urban planning positions in both state and local government. Susan is a passionate advocate for healthy built environments. She is Head of the City Wellbeing Program in the City Futures Research Centre. City Wellbeing focuses on planning, designing and building environments that support people’s health and well-being as part of every day life. From 2010-2014 Susan directed the Healthy Built Environments Program.
 
In 2014 Susan was appointed to the NSW Minister for Health's Advisory Committee on Preventive Health - the first urban planner to serve on this committee.
 
Susan held the position of Research Leader, Engaged Communities in Program 3 of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living based at UNSW (2012-2014) following participation in both bids for the CRC.
 
Susan was Head, Planning and Urban Development Program (2005-2008) and Presiding Member of Faculty (1999-2003). She has made significant contributions to the continuing professional education program of the Faculty and the development of qualitative methods in built environment research. She has also had key roles in establishing a mentoring scheme in the Faculty and greater cultural awareness in classroom practices and curriculum development. As Head of the Planning Program she initiated a Student Advisory Committee, a mentoring scheme for year one students and directed the 40th anniversary celebrations for the Planning Degree in 2006.
 
Susan continues to maintain strong links with the profession, bringing currency to both research and teaching. She writes a regular column on healthy built enviroments in 'New Planner' - the NSW journal of the Planning Institute of Australia. Susan is a frequent contributor to professional practice forums on different issues including healthy urban planning, cultural diversity and community safety. Her contributions have had significant impacts in urban planning policy and legislation, tertiary education, professional development and the advancement of closer links between the disciplines of urban planning and health. In recognition of her longstanding contributions to planning, Susan was elected Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (2012). In 2015 Susan was awarded the Sidney Luker Memorial Medal and in 2017, the Australian Urban Research Medal.
Engagement: 

In the Media

Membership

  • Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia

Practice

As time and opportunity permit, Susan contributes to planning consultancies in the area of healthy urban planning.

Exhibitions

As Head of the Planning Program (2005-2008) Susan managed the end-of-year exhibitions of the Planning and Urban Development Program. The Healthy Built Environments Program exhibits student work on research into health and the built environment at the Planning Program’s end-of-year exhibition.

Publications:
Books

Kent JL; Thompson S, 2019, Planning Australia’s Healthy Built Environments, Routledge

Barton H; Thompson S; Burgess S; Grant M, 2015, The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a sustainable and healthy future, Barton H; Thompson S; Burgess S; Grant M, (eds.), Routledge, London, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315728261

Kent J; Thompson SM; Jalaludin B, 2011, Healthy Built Environments: A review of the literature, Original, Healthy Built Environments Program, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney

Thompson S, 2009, Planning Australia An overview of urban and regional planning, Thompson S; Maginn PJ, (eds.), Cambridge University Press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2009.9995296

Thompson S, 2007, Planning Australia: An overview of urban and regional planning, Thompson SM, (ed.), Cambridge University Press

Bartolomei LA; Judd BH; Thompson SM; Corkery LF, 2003, A Bountiful Harvest: Community Gardens and Neighbourhood renewal in Waterloo, 1st, NSW Government, New South Wales

Thompson SM; Dunn K; Burnley IH; Murphy PA; Hanna BJ, 1998, Multiculturalism and local governance: a national perspective, Original, NSW Department of Local Government, Sydney

Book Chapters

McKenzie L; Thompson S, 2019, 'Resilience in a warming climate: Public place-making for health and well-being in hot cities', in The Routledge Handbook of People and Place in the 21st-Century City, pp. 282 - 293, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351211543-31

Thompson SM; Kent JL, 2017, 'Human Health and a Sustainable Built Environment', in Abraham M (ed.), Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Elsevier, pp. 71 - 80, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10178-2

Thompson SM; Taylor M, 2017, 'Active Transport: Policy directions for creating built environments that support health and wellbeing', in Dia H (ed.), Low Carbon Mobility for Future Cities: Principles and applications, Institution of Engineering and Technology, pp. 185 - 212, http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/PBTR006E

Thompson SM; Kent JL, 2015, 'Healthy Planning in Australia', in Barton H; Thompson S; Burgess S; Grant M (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a sustainable and healthy future, Routledge, London, pp. 443 - 454, https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138023307

Thompson SM; Capon A, 2015, 'The Co-Benefits Framework for Understanding and Action on Climate Change', in Barton H; Thompson S; Burgess S; Grant M (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a Sustainable and Healthy Future, Routledge, London, pp. 319 - 332

Thompson SM; Barton H; Grant M; Burgess S, 2015, 'Epilogue', in Barton H; Thompson S; Burgess S; Grant M (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a sustainable and healthy future, Routledge, London, pp. 587 - 593, https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138023307

Kent J; Capon T; Thompson SM, 2013, 'Designing Health Promotion in Practice: An Australasian Perspective', in Copeland K (ed.), Australian Healthcare Design, International Academy for Design and Health, Stockholm, pp. 26 - 31

Thompson SM; Maginn P, 2012, 'What is Planning?', in Thompson S; Maginn PJ (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 17 - 33, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000313115100003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Thompson SM; Maginn P, 2012, 'Conclusion: Planning Australia into the Future', in Thompson S; Maginn PJ (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 409 - 417, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000313115100019&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Thompson SM, 2012, 'Planning for Diverse Communities', in Thompson S; Maginn PJ (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 226 - 253, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000313115100012&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Thompson S; Maginn PJ, 2012, 'Planning Australia Second Edition An overview of urban and regional planning Preface', in Thompson S; Maginn PJ (ed.), PLANNING AUSTRALIA: AN OVERVIEW OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING, 2ND EDITION, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, pp. XXI - XXII, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000313115100001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Kent J; Thompson SM; Capon AG, 2012, 'Healthy Planning', in Thompson S; Maginn PJ (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 381 - 408, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000313115100018&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Thompson SM, 2012, 'Introduction', in Thompson S; Maginn P (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, edn. 2, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 1 - 13

Capon AG; Thompson SM, 2011, 'Built Environments of the Future', in Dannenberg AL; Frumkin H; Jackson RJ (ed.), Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being and Sustainability, edn. Original, Island Press, Washington, pp. 366 - 378

Rose N; Thompson SM; Capon AG, 2010, 'Urbanism and Health', in The Health of the People of New South Wales: Report of the Chief Health Officer, edn. Original, NSW Department of Health, Sydney, pp. 34 - 43, http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/

Maginn P; Thompson SM; Tonts M, 2008, 'Quality Urban Analysis:Towards a pragmatic Renaissance', in Maginn PJ; Thompson SM; Tonts M (ed.), Qualitative Urban Analysis: An International Perspective, edn. Studies in Qualitative in Methodology, Emerald Press, UK, pp. 1 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1042-3192(07)00211-X

Maginn P; Thompson SM; Tonts M, 2008, 'Qualitative Housing Analysis: A Meta-Framework for Systematising Qualitative Research', in Maginn PJ; Thompson S; Tonts M (ed.), Qualitative Housing Analysis : An International Perspective, edn. Studies in Qualitative in Methodology, Emerald Press, UK, pp. 3 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1042-3192(08)10001-5

Blokland T; Maginn P; Thompson SM, 2008, 'Methodological Consequences of Inclusive community development:The Value of Ethnography for Housing Studies', in Maginn PJ; Thompson S; Tonts M (ed.), Qualitative Housing Analysis : An International Perspective, edn. Studies in Qualitative in Methodology, Emerald Press, UK, pp. 227 - 247, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1042-3192(08)10010-6

Thompson SM, 2007, 'What is Planning', in Thompson S (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 11 - 27, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000296500000003&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Thompson S, 2007, 'Planning Australia An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning Preface', in Thompson S (ed.), PLANNING AUSTRALIA: AN OVERVIEW OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, pp. XX - XXI, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000296500000001&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Thompson SM, 2007, 'Planning for Diverse Communities', in Thompson S (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 199 - 223, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000296500000012&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Thompson S, 2007, 'Conclusion: Planning Australia into the Future', in Thompson S (ed.), PLANNING AUSTRALIA: AN OVERVIEW OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, pp. 329 - 335, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000296500000018&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Thompson SM, 2007, 'Introduction', in Thompson S (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 1 - 8

Thompson SM, 2007, 'Planning Australia into the Future', in Thompson S (ed.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, pp. 329 - 335

Thompson SM, 2005, 'Digestible differrence: food, ethnicity and spatial claims in the city', in Guild E; van Selm J (ed.), International Migration and Security: Culture, Identity, Opportunities and Challenges, Routledge Press, London, pp. 217 - 237, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203236581

Dunn K; Hanna BJ; Thompson SM, 2001, 'The Local Politics of Difference: An Examination of Inter-Communal Relations Policy in Australian Local Government', in Phillips SK (ed.), Everyday Diversity, edn. Original, Common Ground Publishing, Victoria, Australia, pp. 7 - 36

Thompson SM, 2001, 'Breaking through with Subjugated Knowledges: Pushing the Boundaries of Urban Planning', in Byrne-Armstrong H; Higgs J; Horsfall D (ed.), Critical Moments in Qualitative Research, edn. Original, Butterworth-Heinemann, Great Britain, pp. 153 - 168

Thompson SM, 2000, 'Diversity, difference and the multi-layered city', in Urban Planning in a Changing World: The Twentieth Century Experience, edn. Original, E & FN Spon, London, pp. 230 - 248

Thompson SM, 1998, 'Partners in community safety', in Plan it Safe: A Guide for making public places safer for women, edn. Original, Safe Women Project, Sydney, pp. 37 - 53

Thompson SM, 1997, 'Empowering Research Methdologies: Developing Greater Sinsitivity and other ways of Understanding in Urban Planning Inquiry', in In Reaching Common Ground: Open Government, Community Consultation and Public Participation, edn. Original, Open Government Network, Sydney, pp. 139 - 150

Thompson SM, 1997, 'Planning for Social Justice', in Planning Law and Practice for Local Councillors, edn. Original, UNSW School of Planning and Urban Development, Sydney, pp. 82 - 94

Journal articles

Steinmetz C; Rahmat H; Marshall N; Bishop K; Thompson S; Park M; Corkery L; Tietz C, 2020, 'Liking, Tweeting and Posting: An Analysis of Community Engagement through Social Media Platforms', Urban Policy and Research, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2020.1792283

Thompson S; Paine G; Judd B; Randolph B, 2019, 'Towards a nuanced understanding of health-supportive place using composite research methods', Geographical Research, vol. 57, pp. 24 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12329

Taylor M; Thompson S, 2019, 'An Analysis of Active Transport in Melbourne: Baseline Activity for Assessment of Low Carbon Mobility Interventions', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 37, pp. 62 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2018.1437031

Prior JH; Connon ILC; McIntyre E; Adams J; Capon A; Kent J; Rissel C; Thomas LE; Thompson SM; Westcott H, 2018, 'Built environment interventions for human and planetary health: Integrating health in climate change adaptation and mitigation', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp2841831

Crawford B; Byun R; Mitchell E; Thompson S; Jalaludin B; Torvaldsen S, 2018, 'Seeking fresh food and supporting local producers: perceptions and motivations of farmers’ market customers', Australian Planner, vol. 55, pp. 28 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2018.1499668

Kent JL; Harris P; Sainsbury P; Baum F; McCue P; Thompson S, 2018, 'Influencing Urban Planning Policy: An Exploration from the Perspective of Public Health', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 36, pp. 20 - 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2017.1299704

Paine G; Thompson S; Judd ; Randolph B, 2018, 'Learning from lived experience for the improvement of health-supportive built environment practice', Cites and Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2018.1464254

Crawford B; Byun R; Mitchell E; Thompson S; Jalaludin B; Torvaldsen S, 2017, 'Socioeconomic differences in the cost, availability and quality of healthy food in Sydney', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, pp. 567 - 571, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12694

Thompson SM; Paine G, 2017, 'What is a healthy sustainable built environment? Developing evidence-based healthy built environment indicators for policy makers and practitioners', Planning Practice and Research, vol. 32, pp. 537 - 555, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02697459.2017.1378972

Thompson SM; Paine G, 2017, 'Planning and Building Healthy Communities for Mental Health: Method, findings and reflections from a recent integrative study', Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, vol. 3, http://www.urbandesignmentalhealth.com/journal-3---planning-and-building-healthy-communities.html

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