Dr Iain Butterworth, Manager Population Health and Planning, East Division, Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria (Conference Chair)

Trained as a community psychologist, Dr Iain Butterworth has a strong interest in the interrelationship between urban design, planning, governance and well-being. Iain has 25 years’ experience in a range of sectors, including community development, government, higher education and consulting. Iain is currently National President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, and an honorary Associate Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

In 2001, Iain’s doctoral dissertation on environmental adult education received the American Psychological Association’s Emory Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness. In 2003-2004, Iain was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. His mentor was Prof Leonard Duhl MD, Professor of Public Health and Urban Planning. Prof Duhl’s ideas spawned the World Health Organisation’s Healthy Cities approach. Iain explored how Healthy Cities initiatives could help build community capacity, and strengthen people’s connections to place.

Whilst at Deakin University from 2004-2009, Iain helped establish an interdisciplinary post-graduate planning degree and supported the university’s community engagement agenda. Since 2010, Iain has been applying Healthy Cities principles within the Victorian Government to help create liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities. Iain contributed to the development of the Plan Melbourne metropolitan planning strategy.
In 2011, Iain helped establish the Place, Health, and Liveability policy research partnership with the University of Melbourne. This partnership, led by Fulbright alumna, Prof Billie Giles-Corti, has led to the Victorian Liveability Research Program and the five-year NHMRC National Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) for Healthy, Liveable and Equitable Communities. Iain is an Industry Partner and member of the Victorian Advisory Group for the CRE.

In September 2016, a special edition of the Lancet on urban design, transport and health was launched at the United Nations in New York. Drawing on this partnership the Lancet recommendations can play a major role in supporting the Sustainable Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities.

Bhishna Bajracharya, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Bond University , QLD

BhishnaDr Bhishna Bajracharya is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning in the Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University at Gold Coast. He has previously taught in the urban planning program at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for more than ten years. He also worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University from 1994 to 1996. He completed his PhD and Masters in Urban Planning degrees from the University of Hawaii and Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.

Dr Bajracharya has carried out research in sustainable urban development on topics such as active and healthy living, master planned communities, transit oriented development, knowledge-based regional economy, sustainable campuses and disaster management. Dr Bajracharya together with academics from QUT’s Creative Industry faculty has received an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant on the use of community narratives and new media in urban planning. He has also worked on a collaborative research grant from Emergency Queensland on the role of local government in disaster management.

Dr Bajracharya is an alumni of the East West Center, a Hawaii based research organisation with strong focus on policy research in Asia Pacific region. He is also a member of the University Sustainability Committee at Bond University.

Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Kerryn WilmotKerryn Wilmot is a highly experienced architect with particular expertise in sustainability in the built environment. Kerryn co-leads the Cities and Buildings research area at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS and supports the coordinator of the Sustainable Digital Cities Network in investigating the impact of new ways of working on the urban environment.
Prior to joining ISF, Kerryn had a 30-year career as a consultant architect. Formerly an Associate at Spowers, Kerryn was the project leader for the industry-leading 60L Green Building in Carlton, Victoria that won a Banksia Award and influenced today’s commercial buildings and sustainable development tools. When at Williams Boag Architects, Kerryn was the Accredited Green Star Professional for the 5-star green Star Gungahlin College campus in ACT.

She has been a guest lecturer at several universities and tutored in Sustainable Buildings and Environmental Building Services. Kerryn was an active member of the Public Transport Users Association, lobbying for improved public transport in Victoria, in recognition of the need to for good sustainable transport options for liveable urban environments. She represented PTUA on the Metropolitan Transport Forum and on the Minister for Transport’s Station Users Panel.

Associate Professor Caroline Miller, School of People, Environment & Planning, Massey University

Caroline MillerAssociate Professor Caroline Miller is a former planning practitioner who became a planning academic in 1995. Her research has focused on the history of planning and the planning profession in New Zealand and critical assessment of the Resource Management Act 1991, New Zealand’s planning legislation.

More recently she had been involved in reconnecting health and planning and the use of HIA in planning. She is the author of three books, including Implementing Sustainability:

The New Zealand Experience, the only critical assessment of the Resource Management Act, and a number of book chapters and refereed journal articles.

Suzette Jackson, Director, Innate Ecology

Suzette-Jackson_2010Suzette Jackson, director at Innate Ecology, is a designer, sustainability consultant and researcher with expertise in residential and commercial sectors and community engagement. She is passionate about sustainable living and urban settlements, particularly in addressing the regeneration of cities to provide a quality of life within the resource and productive capacity of our planet. With over 25 years experience in private practice throughout Australia and Asia, her work includes sustainable interiors, buildings and communities.

Suzette has conducted research in the private sector and more recently for Deakin University. Her current research project focuses on urban and peri-urban food resilience with particular reference to urban ecologies and city regeneration. Suzette continues to teach masters students in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University in Urban Ecologies.

From research to the development of tailored training programs and workshop facilitation Suzette develops strategies to improve the sustainability of organizations, projects and communities. As a One Planet Living and Green Star specialist, Suzette is passionate about promoting a socially just and ecologically restorative future.

Dean Griggs, Manager Social Investment, Municipal Recovery Manager,  City Communities

Dean Griggs is the Manager Social Investment at the City of Melbourne and is responsible for delivering initiatives relating to city safety, homelessness, youth services, international students, preventing violence against women, cultural diversity, community grants, disability and inclusion and programs to Melbourne’s Indigenous community.

Dean formerly worked at the City of Darebin from 2000- 2010, where he held various roles including Manager Family Youth and Community Support and Acting Director Communities and Culture. Prior to working at City of Darebin Dean worked in the community mental health sector.

Dean has a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion both degrees are from Latrobe University, Dean also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Swinburne University of Technology.  Dean is also a member of the Quality and Service Planning Committee of the Royal Children’s Hospital Board.

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